After NVIDIA’s streaming game service made a splashy entrance a few weeks ago, the news has been dominated by games, developers, and publishers abruptly pulling out of the service. GeForce NOW is trying to reverse that trend with a new weekly launch system, announcing new games that are now instantly playable on the service.
The first batch includes eight new titles, highlighted by Control, Remedy Entertainment’s well-received third-person sci-fi action game. The Epic Games Store exclusive also has NVIDIA’s graphics-enhancing RTX features enabled for subscribers of the more expensive GeForce NOW Founders tier.
NVIDIA is hoping to announce new streaming titles every Thursday. Here’s the first batch:
- Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead
- Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
- Dungeons 3
- IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
- Jagged Alliance 2 – Wildfire
- The Guild 3
Unlike other streaming services, gamers don’t need to buy the games individually and you don’t get free games with a subscription fee on GeForce NOW. Players connect accounts to existing PC game stores like Steam and Epic, and supported games that they’ve already purchased become available.
This is an encouraging shift for NVIDIA, but it doesn’t make up for the dozens of high-profile games that suddenly lost availability when publishers like Activision-Blizzard, 2K Games, and Bethesda pulled out. It hasn’t escaped gamers that the hottest new PC release, DOOM Eternal, isn’t available on GeForce NOW—even Stadia has that one.
It appears that, just like streaming TV and movie services, streaming game services will continue to duke it out to create compelling libraries and woo exclusive titles. Weekly additions can only help GeForce NOW. If you’d like to check it out, there’s a free weekend going on right now.