The cloud gaming battle has heated up once again, with Nvidia announcing that GeForce Now will begin rolling out support for select Android devices later this year. The cloud gaming service has been in beta for PC, Mac, and Nvidia Shield TV for several years, but now you can take your entire PC game library with you on the go.
Yes, you read that correctly. Unlike Google Stadia, GeForce Now allows you to connect to a remote PC and install games you’ve already purchased on Steam, Uplay, Battle.net, and other digital platforms. This makes it an attractive alternative for those with extensive libraries and underpowered hardware.
To make the service even more appealing, Nvidia announced that GeForce RTX servers are rolling out today in Germany, and very soon in Northern California. Additional servers will open up in Japan and Korea later this year.
This will bring incredible performance and cutting-edge ray tracing technology to the cloud gaming service. Combined with low latency 5G networks, Nvidia claims this makes VR and AR possible on just about any device.
It isn’t clear exactly which Android devices will be included in the GeForce Now beta. Only flagship devices from Samsung and LG are mentioned in the release, but even so that’s more than the initial rollout of Google Stadia, which will only be available on Pixel devices.
Many games will not support touch screen controls, so you will need a bluetooth controller to play games on your Android device. GeForce Now already supports some of the most popular choices like the SteelSeries Stratus Duo and the Razer Raiju Mobile, as well as the controller for the Nvidia Shield TV.
The GeForce Now beta will end in a few months, so be sure to sign up now if you want to try out the service before it’s released to the public.