NVIDIA’s GeForce Now is an impressive game streaming service boasting an extensive list of games. But if you’re on a free account, you’ll run into steep restrictions like a one-hour playtime limit and waiting room. That’s where the premium tier comes in—which just doubled in price from $5 a month to $10.
When GeForce Now debuted a year ago, it called the paid tier “Founders” memberships and charged $5 a month for the subscription. Founders got priority access to playing on NVIDIA’s servers and no time limits. Free members may have to wait before they can start playing and then get kicked off after an hour.
After a year, registrations for “Founding Members” are closed, and the new paid tier is called “Priority Members.” The name makes sense since it still lets you skip to the front of the line during high-traffic periods. And you still get to play for four hours instead of getting kicked after an hour. But the price doubled to $10 a month. You also can subscribe to a full year upfront, which will save you $20.
The good news is, existing Founders Members get to keep the lower price for life … or until they stop subscribing, whichever comes first. If you stop paying and decide to come back later, you can’t resubscribe as a Founder. You have to rejoin at the higher Priority Membership pricing.
You still have to bring your own games, too if you want to get the most out of NVIDIA GeForce Now. That’s a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you don’t get as much out of the box as other competing options like Game Pass Ultimate’s service. But if you already own a bunch of games on Steam or Epic and they’re compatible with GeForce Now you don’t have to buy them all over again.
At a list of 800+ compatible games and counting, there’s a decent chance you can play at least some of your games on GeForce Now if you’re an avid gamer. But if you didn’t jump in early, and you don’t want to wait in line, you’ll have to pay more for the convenience now.