Nvidia launches HD streaming games service for Shield devices

By Brenna Hillier, Thursday, 1 October 2015 05:09 GMT

Nvidia GeForce NOW offers the highest definition streaming games service around, apparently.

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Nvidia has announced a new entry in the streaming games market, GeForce NOW. It launches today.

The company says GeForce NOW is the only cloud gaming initiative to offer “full high-definition 1080p quality and at 60 frames per second”.

For $8 per month you gain near-instant access to a library of 50 games including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the Batman: Arkham series and the LEGO games (sounds like Warner Bros. is on board in force, then). The first three months are free.

The service is restricted to Nvidia Shield devices – the Android TV, tablet and mobile phone shell with controller.

Nvidia has six data centres servicing GeForce NOW across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Visit Nvidia’s Shield site to learn more.

As a PC components manufacturer, Nvidia makes a lot of money out of you upgrading your gaming hardware, so this may seem a little counter-intuitive. But if cloud gaming does take off it’ll bite a chunk out of the company’s bottom line, so it makes sense to get in the door now. And of course, you do need a Shield device to get in on the action.

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