The Morning After: NVIDIA’s GeForce Now Ultimate is a high-end cloud gaming service

The Morning After: NVIDIA’s GeForce Now Ultimate is a high-end cloud gaming service

While Google, other cloud gaming services are expanding their offerings. NVIDIA is updating its GeForce Now service with a ton of features, thanks to the addition of new SuperPODs equipped with RTX 4080 GPUs. This looks to be the first truly high-end cloud gaming experience. The rebranded Ultimate plan now includes support for refresh rates up to 240Hz in Full HD or 4K at 120fps and an expanded set of usable widescreen resolutions (3,840×1,600, 3,440×1,440, and 2,560×1,080).

NVIDIA is also adding better support for HDR on both Mac and PC, along with the ability to use full ray tracing with DLSS3 in supported games. This elevates GeForce Now above rivals like Xbox Cloud Gaming, which is capped at 1080p/60fps. There are the usual caveats of cloud gaming: NVIDIA’s recommended minimum bandwidth for gaming at 1080p at 240 fps is 35 Mbps.

If you want to max out at 4K/120fps, Engadget’s Sam Rutherford notes that you’ll need at least a 45Mbps connection. These new SuperPODs also have limited availability. At launch, the new servers with 4080 GPUs will be in four locations: San Jose, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Frankfurt, Germany. That means only people in the US and Central Europe will experience the best cloud gaming experience from NVIDIA, for now.

–Matt Smith

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