Playing a high-end PC game with no high-end PC hardware. It’s not exactly cyberpunk, but it is futuristic.
Google Stadia has had a troubled launch. It technically works, but there are very few games and even fewer reasons to pay for what’s a pretty wonky, early access product.
Meanwhile, Nvidia just bumped its Geforce Now service from “beta” to “live” and it’s going great guns. (Well, other than Activision and Bethesda pulling their games because of confusion over the change of service. But that’s probably easily fixed.)
One of the key reasons why Geforce Now is faring better than Stadia is because you can play lots more games on it. And these can be games you already own on Steam. You don’t need to rebuy your games – or rely on getting them through a paid subscription tier – to get access to them in the cloud.
In another power move from Nvidia – as part of its partnering with CD Projekt Red, which includes this natty graphics card – sees the announcement that Cyberpunk 2077 will be on Geforce Now at launch. (And that launch is now September 17, 2020, after the game was delayed by five months.)
Previously, Cyberpunk 2077 game had been announced for Google Stadia, and that isn’t linked to your Steam account like Geforce Now. It’s not a deathblow for Stadia by any stretch, but it’s certainly another big tick in the box for Geforce Now.
If you’ve got the Geforce Now Founders Edition, you’ll be able to play Cyberpunk 2077 with RTX (real-time ray tracing) enabled. You’ll also be able to play for longer spells. The free tier of Geforce Now does come with a one-hour session restriction, but it’s still a neat way for players without high-end PC hardware (like Mac users) to play AAA PC games.