Can’t find a cheap RTX 3080 graphics card? Maybe it’s time to give cloud gaming a shot. NVIDIA just unveiled a new GeForce Now membership that promises RTX 3080 performance on any device, plus up to 1440p resolution with 120FPS when streaming to a PC or Mac.
The new GeForce Now membership tier marks a major milestone for cloud gaming. While Microsoft is still running its servers off last-gen Xbox One X hardware, NVIDIA is offering 35 teraflops of GPU performance (three times that of Xbox Series X) to its customers. Even on a crappy laptop, the RTX 3080 GeForce Now tier should (theoretically) outperform current-gen home consoles.
But graphics performance isn’t everything. NVIDIA claims that its new membership tier offers a staggeringly low 60ms of latency when playing games like Destiny at 120FPS. The same game reportedly runs with 93ms of latency on an Xbox Series X, and 175ms when streamed through Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service.
And according to NVIDIA, the new membership tier will eventually offer 4K cloud gaming on PCs, Macs, and other devices. But at the time of its release, the GeForce Now RTX 3080 tier will only support 4K streaming on NVIDIA’s SHIELD TV streaming stick. (Stadia is the only other cloud gaming platform to support 4K streaming.)
Just to be clear, NVIDIA isn’t shoving RTX 3080 cards into its servers—the company is offering performance equivalent to an RTX 3080 PC build using server-friendly Ampere GA102 chips, eight-core AMD Threadripper CPUs, DDR4 RAM, and Gen 3 SSDs. The new GeForce Now tier won’t contribute to graphics card shortages, and in fact, it could actually decrease demand for the GPUs.
NVIDIA’s new RTX 3080 cloud gaming membership is available for pre-order, but only if you’re a Founder or Priority member of GeForce Now in the U.S. or Europe. Six-month memberships cost $100, and NVIDIA says the service will go live in the U.S. this November. Gamers in Europe must wait until December, unfortunately.
NVIDIA GeForce Now
NVIDIA GeForce Now lets you stream games from your Steam and Epic libraries to any device. And with the new RTX 3080 membership tier, you can enjoy ultra-low-latency streams with killer performance on your PC, Mac, NVIDIA SHIELD TV, smartphone, or tablet.