Nvidia has a limited-time offer for six months of “Priority” access to GeForce Now, its cloud gaming service, for just $29.99 (opens in a new tab)$20 off its regular price of $49.99.
GeForce Now gives members access to a virtual gaming PC capable of cloud-casting games from your existing Steam, Ubisoft, and Epic libraries on almost any computer or mobile device, as long as that device is connected to a relatively fast internet connection.
The monthly plan for Priority is still $9.99, so the two-year plan is by far the better option. There doesn’t seem to be a way to buy multiple memberships and stack them on top of each other to take advantage of the discounted price. However, if you do find a way, shoot me a message.
The major difference between Priority and free memberships depends on the quality and length of your cloud gaming sessions. Priority allows streaming up to 1080p at 60 fps and RTX features like ray tracing. In contrast, free members are limited to one-hour play sessions, which means you’ll need to re-login every 60 minutes, and you will have to wait in a virtual queue if servers are full.
GeForce Now is great if you want to play PC games but don’t quite have the hardware in your personal gaming rig to get the performance you want. I’m a big fan of playing Fortnite on a browser at my desk during lunch. Don’t tell my boss. More importantly, this gives you a fast pass to premium servers for six hours of uninterrupted gameplay.
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The RTX 3080 tier of the Geforce Now remains unchanged, with the annual plan costing $99 and $19.99 for the monthly plan. This membership gives you access to virtual RTX 3080 powered PC gaming. If you have a fancy TV or advanced gaming, this tier lets you stream games up to 4K at 120fps and, as it turns out, works pretty well if you’re using an Nvidia Shield.
A fairly decent internet connection of at least 15Mbps for 720p at 60 fps and 25Mbps for 1080p at 60 fps is required for optimal gameplay. Nvidia also recommends that your latency in competitive games be less than 40 milliseconds from one of its data centers. You can use this handy guide (opens in a new tab) to see if your home or work network is up to the task.
Unlike Xbox Pass (opens in a new tab), which gives you access to a fairly large library of games, GeForce Now requires you to own the games you want to stream on various platforms. The GeForce Now app is also available on the 2022 Samsung QLED Smart TV lineup, (opens in a new tab)which seems like the perfect TV for console-free gaming.