It is commonly believed that Apple computers are not intended for gamers, as many gaming manufacturers bypass this hardware platform. But Nvidia has an interesting proposition for Mac owners who would like to play e.g. the Witcher 3, and do not have a powerful computer at home. This is a new streaming service called GeForce Now, which beta testers on MacOS have also launched in Europe. For the time being the service is free.
GeForce Now is known to Nvidia Shield owners. As a reminder, it lets you stream PC games that run in the cloud to your Android-powered gaming tablet. GeForce Now in this model is available as a subscription and costs €10 per month, however for some games you still to pay extra. GeForce Now for Mac is based on a different financial model. In this case, we can play only those games that are assigned to our Steam or Batlle.net account. So, how much profit do we have?
GeForce Now offers GeForce GTX 1080 performance on low-end Macs.
I just skip the fact that GeForce Now allows you to play games that simply are not available on MacOS computers. The biggest advantage of the new platform is the quality of games streamed on PCs with the GeForce GTX 1080. The best part of this is that you can run these games even on 9 years old computer. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection with a minimum throughput of 25 Mbps (50 Mbps recommended). High definition streaming service works well but requires a stable connection to the Nvidia servers. Therefore, before each game launch, GeForce Now not only checks the bandwidth, but also the delay and loss of packets.
If you are interested in GeForce Now, and you do not have any games on your Steam account, then you can test it by playing one of the free-to-play titles. Nvidia also announced that the same service will also be launched on PCs. Does this mean that graphics cards will disappear from computer stores? Everything depends on the price of the new service.