Geforce Now review: Free cloud gaming

Do you own a rubbish computer that was made years ago that can’t run a single modern game? Fear no more as cloud gaming is here to save you. But what exactly is cloud gaming? Is it an effective way of replacing gaming computers? I finally got to test and answer those questions when I got my hands on a Geforce now beta code.

If you have never heard of Geforce Now, it is a streaming service that allows you to play video games on someone else’s computer via the cloud. All you have to do is launch the Geforce Now launcher, connect to the server then play any of the over 400 supported games. In other words, Geforce Now turns your regular computer into a powerful gaming computer by directly streaming video games from a server. Geforce Now is currently in free beta mode and is available in multiple different regions around the world. However, trying to get into the beta program is no piece of cake. It usually takes a few months and a lot of waiting. However, once you get into the beta program it is worth it. If you would like to be in the chance of winning a free Geforce NOW beta code, check the end of the article.

The Review of Geforce Now

The first positive thing that I would say about Geforce Now is the amazing selection of games. You can play over 400 games on Geforce Now including any other game that is on Steam. However, you have to bring your own licence meaning you have to buy and install the game like you normally would before you can play it on Geforce. Don’t get fooled, you don’t get any of those games for free unless you have a SHIELD device. You can see a full list of the supported games by clicking here.

Once I had run through the simple installer, I was excited to test Geforce but my expectations weren’t very high. I was expecting to receive in or around 60 FPS. The first game I tried was Fortnite Battle Royale. Without Geforce now, my old laptop could run Fortnite on about 30-40 FPS with low settings. After I had launched it with Geforce Now, I got 120 FPS on high settings! I was shocked. There was no input delay at all and everything was running smoothly. The only thing I noticed was the low quality. It didn’t look great but it was running smoothly. This didn’t bother me at all, I’d rather performance over appearance.

The second game that I tested was CSGO. Once again, the performance was incredible. I got between 60-120 FPS at times. Before I had installed Geforce NOW, I got 20-30 FPS in CSGO. However, due to my internet connection being bogged up, my ping was higher than it usually is while I was playing CS. That is a small price to pay for great performance.

The third and final game that I tested was Realm Royale. Before I was using Geforce NOW, I was getting upwards of 60FPS. Now, I’m receiving 120FPS almost consistently. However, I was having a few issues of blocks not rendering. This could a problem on Realms end though as this wasn’t a problem in Fortnite or CSGO.

Moving on from the games and performance, the interface is also admirably clear and straightforward, which I love. Players can see a list of their most recently played games, along with recommended games. You can scroll down a little farther to see a list of games organised by category and a list of free to play games. Nvidia did a great job at organising their UI.

The cloud saving is also pretty impressive. With cloud saving, you can save your progress so that you can switch between your gaming rig and your laptop within seconds without losing any progress. It is the little features like Cloud Saving that I love about Geforce.

Geforce now home screen

Obviously, the games aren’t magically being streamed to your computer. You need a beefy internet connection with a preferably unlimited data cap. The minimum speed requirement for Geforce Now is 15 Mbps for 720p and 25 Mbps for 1080p. You’ll also need a hardwired Ethernet connection or a 5GHz wireless router. 2.4GHz router won’t work with Geforce now as it is outdated. Along with a stable internet connection, you will also need a 64-bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 10. If you are on Mac, you will need macOS 10.10 or higher.

If you have a SHIELD TV lying around, Geforce NOW is also available on your SHIELD. It supports both the SHIELD controller and a USB/Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. 

One of the main letdowns is the fact that you can only play for 4 hours at a time. After the four hours, you will have to save your progress and restart the session. This is to ensure equal server space for all users. If you go AFK for longer than a few minutes, you will also get the boot from the server.

geforce now PUBG demo

The best part of Geforce NOW is the fact that it is free while it is in beta. However, once it leaves beta the service will cost money. We aren’t sure how much yet but we presume it won’t be a lot.

Although computer specs don’t affect the performance, it is worth noting that I tested Geforce Now on my old laptop with the following specs:

  • Intel Core i5 5200u
  • Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU
  • 8 GB Ram
  • 1TB HDD
  • 5GHz 100mbps internet speed

In conclusion, Geforce NOW is incredibly useful. Not only does it perform well, but it is also really simple to set up and can save you thousands of dollars that you would invest in a normal gaming rig. If you have a stable internet connection, sign up for the beta and see if you can gain access! Why not? It’s free for now. You can sign up for the beta by clicking here.

We are also giving away one beta key access over on our Twitter. To be in with a chance to win, just follow us on Twitter! All Twitter followers are automatically entered.

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