New GeForce Now tier allows you to use the power of an RTX 3080 in the cloud

nanoguy

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Why it matters: There’s a new GeForce Now tier for people who want to game on a virtual RTX 3080 in the cloud. Assuming it works as advertised, the new service will vastly outperform an Xbox Series X console, and Nvidia says the low latency will make the experience comparable to playing on local hardware.

Between the scalpers and the ongoing chip shortage, it doesn’t look like GPUs will become more affordable even though it seems like availability will slowly improve over time. No matter which way you cut it, this isn’t the best time to upgrade your rig unless money is no object.

However, if you have a good broadband connection there is a potential stopgap solution that you can use — cloud gaming. It won’t be the same as gaming on local hardware, but it does come close enough that it can work as a substitute until you are able to upgrade your system without breaking the bank. Better yet, it allows you to use almost any device you have on hand for a quick gaming session.

Today, Nvidia announced a new tier for its GeForce Now service that will allow you to get access to low-latency “SuperPODs” that pair several AMD Threadripper Pro CPUs with 1,000 GPUs that offer equivalent performance to that of RTX 3080 GPUs. The new premium tier is available for Founders and Priority members in North America and Western Europe, and will give you six months of membership for $99.99. The company says memberships will be limited at launch, but the service will become accessible for most users in the US next month and in Europe sometime in December.

To get an idea of what you’re getting with the new GeForce Now tier, each slice of the SuperPOD combines eight AMD Threadripper CPU cores with 28 gigabytes of DDR4-3200 memory, a PCIe 4.0 SSD, and a GA102 chip that offers 35 teraflops of GPU performance. That’s roughly three times the performance of an Xbox Series X console, which is relevant because Nvidia says the SuperPOD slice will offer a comparable latency of around 60 ms. If these claims hold true, that would also make GeForce Now up to three times faster than xCloud.

In other words, you’ll be able to stream games at up to 1440p and 120 frames per second on PC, and up to 4K HDR at 60 frames per second on Nvidia Shield TV. Some Android devices that come equipped with 120 Hz screens will also be able to stream games at up to 120 frames per second. Most MacBooks will be capable of streaming games at 1600p, and the newest MacBook Pros will be able to stream at up to 120 frames per second.

Of course, these numbers will depend greatly on your Internet connection and the distance between you and the closest SuperPOD servers. Nvidia says it leverages Adaptive Sync technology to reduce system latency for a smoother experience, and RTX 3080 members will see the lowest possible latency of all GeForce Now tiers.

Overall, GeForce Now RTX 3080 looks like a great deal, at least on paper. Nvidia says it offers seven times the performance of the most popular desktop configuration on Steam, or 70 times compared to the average laptop and up to 13 times when compared to Apple’s M1 MacBook Air.

As for the games you’ll be able to play, the selection is improving all the time. There are now over 1,000 games to choose from, including Amazon’s New World, Disciples: Liberation, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and more. Also worth noting is that Nvidia is launching a new GeForce Now client today, which brings beta support for Microsoft Edge on PC and includes the company’s new Adaptive Sync technology, which should improve latency even for people who don’t opt for the new RTX 3080 tier.

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hahahanoobs

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I would hope a 3080Ti is more than 3x faster than a console with all the aids they use just to maintain 1080p 60fps.

I'll be glad when the pandemic is over so I don't have to read about it being the negative in every story.
 

Neatfeatguy

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If it's any indication of how connection experiences are when trying to play a bit of New World here and there, the lag is bad when traffic starts to pick up.

I don't know how "Nvidia says the low latency will make the experience comparable to playing on local hardware." will even really be achievable by most people.

When I play a game off my computer (single player, no internet required) I have no lag. I click to do an action and it happens, but you are going to feel that lag with cloud gaming.

Plus, you're also going to feel that data cap pain pretty fast. My family of 4, depending on the month (summer months, for example, the kids are home more often since no school). We can easily burn through 1TB of data in the summer (that's just from streaming videos/shows) and we usually average around 600GB of data on the other months when the kids are at school. Adding the bandwidth hog of cloud gaming and you'll eat up your data cap (if you have one and a lot of people do) in no time if you're an avid gamer.
 

eforce

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I would hope a 3080Ti is more than 3x faster than a console with all the aids they use just to maintain 1080p 60fps.

I'll be glad when the pandemic is over so I don't have to read about it being the negative in every story.

It never will be over, once power is taken, it is almost always never relinquished voluntarily, the governments of the word will continue to print and destroy the economies of the world until the fiat bubble collapses, and then GPU's will be the least of your problems.
 

Tom Yum

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Isn't the whole purpose of ultra high refresh gaming about reducing input lag so you can react 5ms faster than the other player and gain that competitive advantage? Streaming at 120 fps to me doesn't make sense if the latency (hence input lag) is 60ms. That is 7-8 frames lag which would be noticeable and very much not 'local play'-like.
 

Dimitriid

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Sorry but all I can focus on is 16 USD per month for max 8 hours sessions and probably no mods (Probably because I know that at least in the past, there were unofficial ways to break out of their geforce now client to access the full VM but I'm sure it's either patched or will be patched because otherwise well you could just play anything, mod anything, etc.)

It's just kind of terrible to put time and limits to modding, at that point you might as well just get a PS5 or a Series X if you ask me.
 

Luay

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After kicking budget gamers out of the PC gaming scene, Nvidia throws them a bone.

Maybe I should switch.

I kept ignoring the video and audio degredation while streaming tv until I forgot how perfect BlueRay was, and I never liked online shooters so the lag will still be annoying, but not fatal, and should improve every time your local server is upgraded.
 

Kosmoz

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Sorry but all I can focus on is 16 USD per month for max 8 hours sessions and probably no mods (Probably because I know that at least in the past, there were unofficial ways to break out of their geforce now client to access the full VM but I'm sure it's either patched or will be patched because otherwise well you could just play anything, mod anything, etc.)

It's just kind of terrible to put time and limits to modding, at that point you might as well just get a PS5 or a Series X if you ask me.
Mods are one of the best things on PCs, as in your personal computer, not someone else's in the cloud...

I'm actually close to finishing my install of a 700 mod Skyrim play-through, so your post hit the nail for me. :)
 

ZedRM

Posts: 656   +417
That a big no thanks NVidia. Hard-core pass. I'm not paying for anything I don't own. Hardware I pay for will run in my PC, not in your servers.
 
I was using the free tier on my old laptop up until a month ago and honestly it is an impressive system. Granted I wasn't playing much for FPS's but it ran games like X4, Ark and Car Mechanic Sim 2018 well.

Also, the session time limits is per session, not per day, meaning if your time runs out, just start another session up and continue. Seems odd to say 8 hr time limit is restrictive but that's just me.
 

Porkous

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How are they making profit, though? I assume it works because of the limited session length time per account? So one card, to 4 accounts, for example.

Pretty nice strategy, and a good way to limit the environmental impact