Ahead of significant anticipations yesterday NVIDIA announced the launch of its next generation of world beating graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 30 series. This heavy hitting line up are heralded by NVIDIA as their very best cards yet, utilising both NVIDIAs proprietary Ampere architecture and an optimized version of Samsung’s 8nm process.
But we’re not here to talk about the no doubt mind-bending ray-tracing spuff-worthy speed of these new (very expensive) cards. Interested parties are welcome to bury themselves in clock-speeds and “bus width” in this excellent article from Anandtech here. Of course, there’s nothing surprising about a company of NVIDIA renound to ride the hype train hard on release, garnering what remains of our collective interest ahead a myriad of leaks this summer. But what no one anticipated was a tie in to their Games a Service platform, GeForce Now.
To The Cloud!
Following the release announcement, NVIDIA surprised us all, supplementing the news by revealing that purchasers of their flagship cards will also be rewarded with a copy of the new Watch Dogs Legion, and a guaranteed 1 year free subscription to GeForce Now. For those not in the know, this is NVIDIA’s Cloud gaming platform, enabling those interested to stream any and all owned games, plus a suitable array of free to plays, on any device they wish. In laymen’s terms, it’s lets you play Warzone on your work laptop, or Project Cars on a potato. Pretty damn cool.
From the NVIDIA website,
“For a limited time, get a PC digital download of Watch Dogs: Legion to experience second generation ray tracing cinematic-quality visuals, and performance enhancing AI-powered DLSS. Also included is a 1-year GeForce NOW Founders membership. Experience legendary GeForce gaming anywhere, streaming your library of PC games across all your devices from the cloud.”
The subscription to GeForce Now is usually £7.49 a month, a whopping £89.99 a year to stream games you already own. There is a free option that enables play for up to one hour (lol), but either way that’s a substantial saving. Some might say that there is a certain amount of irony in rendering the capability of your custom built PC redundant only after having purchased a state of the art graphics card. But in the advent of Games as a Service becoming the go to business model for companies such as EA and Xbox, it’s an interesting move. In their own words,
“Upgrade more than just your gaming PC with GeForce NOW. Available for PC, Mac, Chromebook and Mobile — GeForce NOW gives you the power to stream across all your devices with brilliant RTX performance. Instantly access your library of PC games from stores like STEAM, Epic Games and more. As a Founders member, you have priority access to gaming servers, extended session lengths, and RTX ON for supported games. It’s your GeForce, NOW.”
The there “founding edition” graphics cards, and their respected launch dates are listed below;
GEFORCE RTX 3090 £1399
Release Date: 24th September 2020
GEFORCE RTX 3080 £649
Release Date: 17th September 2020
GEFORCE RTX 3070 £469
From October 2020
RTX Off..For Now
Current cloud gaming is, to an extent in it’s infancy. There are always going to be concerns on latency. Fully exemplified in the continuing struggle experienced by PlayStation Now users, it’s likely to be a few years before it can truly compete with your home rig. But considering the cost, and this very generous offer from NVIDIA, I can’t help but wonder if the subscription remains if you return the card. Just make sure you keep the receipt.
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