NVIDIA’s GRID game streaming service has been around for some time now, but only in beta form. Owners of SHIELD devices have been able to test out the service over the past few months, and now the company is finally ready to make it an official product.
GeForce NOW is the new name for the cloud gaming service, and NVIDIA GRID is a thing of the past. Despite the name change, GeForce NOW aims to offer users the same great features that we saw in GRID, but with a few extra enhancements we think many folks will enjoy. You’ll be able to stream over 50 popular PC games at launch from the cloud, and even purchase and play other titles in an instant. These games will can be streamed at full high-definition 1080p quality at 60 frames per second.
GeForce NOW will be available exclusively for SHIELD devices at launch. That means unless you own a SHIELD Android TV, SHIELD Tablet or SHIELD Portable, you won’t be able to take advantage of the new service right away. Game streaming through GeForce NOW won’t be available for Windows PCs either, but some of the purchased games will come with a download key for Windows machines.
The service will cost just $7.99 per month, and that will get you unlimited game streaming and instant streaming of any games you purchase. If you happen to own a SHIELD device and would like to try the service before committing to a monthly fee, good news! The first three months of GeForce NOW is free. It will be available in North America, the European Union and Japan on Thursday, October 1st.