GeForce NOW’s RTX 3080 membership is the next generation of cloud gaming. This GFN Thursday looks at one of the tier’s major benefits: ultra-low-latency streaming from the cloud.
This week also brings a new app update that lets members log in via Discord, a members-only World of Warships reward and eight titles joining the GeForce NOW library.
Full Speed Ahead
The GeForce NOW RTX 3080 membership tier is kind of like magic. When members play on underpowered PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, SHIELD TVs, Android devices, iPhones and iPads, they’re streaming the full PC games that they own with all of the benefits of GeForce RTX 3080 GPUs — like ultra-low latency.
A few milliseconds of latency — the time it takes from a keystroke or mouse click to seeing the result on screen — can be the difference between a round-winning moment and a disappointing delay in the game.
The GeForce NOW RTX 3080 membership, powered by GeForce NOW SuperPODs, reduces latency through faster game rendering, more efficient encoding and higher streaming frame rates. Each step helps deliver cloud gaming that rivals many local gaming experiences.
With game rendering on the new SuperPODs, all GeForce NOW RTX 3080 members will feel a discernible reduction in latency. However, GeForce NOW RTX 3080 members playing on the PC, Mac and Android apps will observe the greatest benefits by streaming at up to 120 frames per second.
The result? Digital Foundry proclaimed it’s “the best streaming system we’ve played.”
That means whether you’re hitting your shots in Rainbow Six Siege, using a game-changing ability in Apex Legends or even sweating out a fast-paced shooter like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, it’s all streaming in real time on GeForce NOW.
But don’t just take our word for it. We asked a few cloud gaming experts to put the GeForce NOW RTX 3080 membership to the test. Cloud Gaming Xtreme looked at how close RTX 3080 click-to-pixel latency is to their local PC, while GameTechPlanet called it “the one to beat when it comes to cloud gaming, for picture quality, graphics, and input latency.”
And Virtual Cloud noted the latency results “really shocked me just how good it felt,” and that “when swapping from my local PC to play on GeForce NOW, I really couldn’t tell a difference at all.”
Live in the Future
On top of this, the membership comes with the longest gaming session length for GeForce NOW — clocking in at eight glorious hours. It also enables full control to customize in-game graphics settings and RTX ON, rendering environments in cinematic quality for supported games.
That means RTX 3080 members can experience titles like Cyberpunk 2077 with maximized, uninterrupted playtime at beautiful, immersive cinematic quality. Gamers can also enjoy the title’s new update – Patch 1.5 – released earlier this week, adding ray-traced shadows from local lights and introducing a variety of improvements and quality of life chances across the board, along with fresh pieces of free additional content.
With improved Fixer and Gig gameplay, enhanced UI and crowd reaction AI, map and open world tweaks, new narrative interactions, weapons, gear, customization options and more, now is the best time to stream Cyberpunk 2077 with RTX ON.
Dive Into the Cloud with Discord in the 2.0.38 Update
The new GeForce NOW update improves login options for gamers by supporting Discord as a convenient new account creation and login option for their NVIDIA accounts. Members can now use their Discord logins to access their GeForce NOW accounts. That’s one less password to remember.
The 2.0.38 update on GeForce NOW PC and Mac apps also supports Discord’s Rich Presence feature, which lets members easily display the game they’re currently playing in their Discord user status. The feature can be enabled or disabled through the GeForce NOW settings menu.
‘World of Warships’ Rewards
GeForce NOW delivers top-level performance and gaming goodies to members playing on the cloud.
In celebration of the second anniversary of GeForce NOW, GFN Thursdays in February are full of rewards.
Today, members can get rewards for the naval warfare battle game World of Warships. Add two new ships to your fleet this week with Charleston or Dreadnought, redeemable for players via the World of Warships portal based on playtime in the game.
Getting membership rewards for streaming games on the cloud is easy. Log in to your NVIDIA account and select “GEFORCE NOW” from the header, scroll down to “REWARDS” and click the “UPDATE REWARDS SETTINGS” button. Check the box in the dialogue window that shows up to start receiving special offers and in-game goodies.
Sign up for the GeForce NOW newsletter, including notifications for when rewards are available, by logging into your NVIDIA account and selecting “PREFERENCES” from the header. Check the “Gaming & Entertainment” box, and “GeForce NOW” under topic preferences, to receive the latest updates.
Ready, Set … Game!
GFN Thursday always brings in a new batch of games for members to play. Catch the following eight new titles ready to stream this week:
- SpellMaster: The Saga (New release on Steam)
- Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (Steam)
- Citadel: Forged With Fire (Steam)
- Galactic Civilizations III (Steam)
- Haven (Steam)
- People Playground (Steam)
- Train Valley 2 (Steam)
- Valley (Steam)
We make every effort to launch games on GeForce NOW as close to their release as possible, but, in some instances, games may not be available immediately.
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(An earlier version of the blog incorrectly directed users to redeem their reward on the Epic Games Store. The correct redemption information is now included.)