Today Nvidia has launched their GeForce Now game streaming service. With GeForce Now, owners of a Nvidia Shield device (the portable screen-on-controller version, a Shield tablet or the Android TV box) can play more than 70 (72 listed, 68 available now) games on their Shield device. Of the 12 games listed which you need to buy to play, right now 8 of them are available. This page lists the "Buy and Play Instantly" games and the "Included with Membership" games. When you sign up you will get the first 3 months of your membership for free and then after those 3 months, the service will cost $7.99 a month.
60 of the games are free to play during the first 3 months then after that you are paying $7.99 a month to play those free games and any games that you purchased. When you purchase a game on GeForce Now, you get a steam code for the game so that you can also play it on your own PC.
I have a friend that owns a portable GeForce Shield. If his WiFi router is fast enough, we may be able to try out GeForce Now. I will let you know how that goes.
Here is an Nvidia blog post about GeForce Now.
GeForce Now Requirements
- NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, portable, or tablet
- SHIELD controller or gamepad
- NVIDIA SHIELD-Ready 5 GHz Wi-Fi router. View all routers.
- Cable internet users should contact their providers for a list of compatible DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems.
- For DSL internet subscribers NVIDIA recommends a ADSL2+ or VDSL2 residential gateway.
- The latest version of the SHIELD Hub app.
- GeForce NOW streaming quality automatically adjusts to the speed of your broadband connection.
- 10 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed
- 20 Megabits per second – Recommended for 720p 60 FPS quality
- 50 Megabits per second – Recommended for 1080p 60 FPS quality
- < 60ms ping time to one of six NVIDIA datacenters world-wide