Nvidia has made another major upgrade to its GeForce Now streaming service, following the introduction of the RTX 3080 membership, which is the ability for subscribers at this high-end level to stream games at 4K resolution on PC and Mac.
Previously, 4K streaming was only available to those gaming on a Shield TV, but now it can be enjoyed via the native GeForce Now apps for Windows PC and Mac – assuming you have a 4K monitor that displays all those pixels. in their full glorious glory, naturally. (Note that it is not possible to get 4K when streaming in your browser on PC).
As mentioned, you’ll need to be subscribed to the top tier RTX 3080 plan to get 4K streaming on your PC, as gaming on 4K needs a good amount of oomph – DLSS will help in games that support it too – and the compromise is that you are limited to 60 frames per second. Normally RTX 3080 subscribers can take advantage of 120 fps for smoother gaming, but not with 4K – it’s one or the other.
Nvidia also announced it is moving forward with mobile phones to allow RTX 3080 members to stream at 120 fps on more 120Hz smartphones, with new support for the Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3, and OnePlus 9 Pro. All those devices are good for 120 fps gaming.
On top of the new features for the RTX 3080 tier, GeForce Now also got some exciting additions to its game offerings this week, including some Star Wars titles (unsurprisingly). The full list is as follows:
Analysis: 4K on PC sounds good, according to early reports
It’s great to see 4K support coming to PC as it’s something gamers with a 4K gaming monitor have been asking for ever since support for the Shield TV arrived when the RTX 3080 subscription was introduced (although 4K HDR is the domain remains of the latter).
Early reports on how good 4K streaming looks on PC seem pretty positive – at least given the small amount of feedback we’ve gathered online so far – so that’s good to hear, although of course your mileage may vary depending on your car. your internet connection. Note that Nvidia recommends a minimum of a 40Mbps line for 4K streaming (compared to the slightly lower demand of a 35Mbps internet connection for 120 fps).
Oh, in terms of new games, it’s also worth bearing in mind that Evil Dead: The Game will be on GeForce Now (from the Epic Games Store) later in May, and recently we saw God of War (from Steam) arrive on Nvidia’s streaming platform as well. Plenty of good things have been happening lately, that’s for sure.