GeForce Now opens up RTX 3080 tier to everyone who can’t find a real graphics card
GeForce Now is split into three tiers as of today: free, Priority, and RTX 3080. Anyone can hop on the free tier for basic streaming at up to 1080p/60fps, but more elaborate visuals are disabled and game sessions are limited to one hour (after which you can hop on again, if servers aren’t full). The priority tier is $10 a month (or $50 for six months) with more impressive RTX-enabled graphics, though still limited to 1080p/60fps. It’s powered by the equivalent of an RTX 2080, though Nvidia may scale your hardware down when you’re playing less intense games. Streaming sessions with premium priority access can last up to six hours, and subscribers get a free copy of Crysis to show it off.
The new RTX 3080 tier is $100 for six months (no monthly option) with graphics powered by a remote RTX 3080 “rig,” 8-hour streaming sessions, and graphics at up to 1440p/120fps on a PC or Mac. Subscribers who also have an Nvidia Shield set-top box can stream games to their TV in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (if their broadband connection can handle it). GeForce Now is also available on mobile via the Android app or dedicated iOS web portal, and it can be played with controllers or mouse and keyboard on all platforms. For more details, check out our initial in-depth coverage of GeForce Now’s RTX 3080 tier.
To celebrate the new high-end graphics options, Nvidia is offering a sale on its Shield TV companion box. The standard Shield and Shield Pro are $20 off ($30 CAD, €25, £20 in other regions) for a limited time, with a free six-month Peacock Premium subscription available in the US. If you’re going all-in on streaming, the Shield’s Android TV operating system can also stream games on Stadia and Xbox Game Pass.