Three’s a Cloud: New Activision and Blizzard Games, Day Passes, G-SYNC Technology Coming to GeForce NOW

‘Diablo IV,’ ‘Overwatch 2’ and more to come, part of major updates announced at CES.
by Andrew Fear

NVIDIA is bringing more games, membership options and innovative tech to its GeForce NOW cloud gaming service.

The next Activision and Blizzard titles to join the cloud, Diablo IV and Overwatch 2, will be coming soon. They’ll be joined by a host of top titles, including Capcom’s Exoprimal, HoYoverse’s Honkai: Star Rail and Mainframe Industries’ Pax Dei.

Available starting in February, new day passes for Ultimate and Priority memberships will offer full premium benefits one day at a time.

NVIDIA is also bringing G-SYNC technology to the cloud, raising cloud streaming performance while lowering latency and minimizing stuttering for the smoothest gameplay. Paired with new 60 and 120 fps streaming options for GFN Reflex mode, the two together make cloud gaming experiences nearly indistinguishable from local ones.

Plus, mobile gamers are getting a boost to 1440p resolution on Android phones. And Japan is the newest region to be operated by NVIDIA, which will soon enable gamers across the country to play their favorite PC games in the cloud with Ultimate performance.

Here Come the Games

The GeForce NOW catalog features many of the most popular PC games — over 1,800 titles from Steam, Xbox and supported PC Game Pass titles, Epic Games Store, Ubisoft, and other digital stores. Backed by up to GeForce RTX 4080 GPU-class graphics, GeForce NOW is bringing even more top titles to the cloud from celebrated publishers.

The latest games from top developer Blizzard Entertainment — Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 — are coming soon to GeForce NOW. They join the recent release of Call of Duty, the first Activision game in the cloud, as part of a 10-year NVIDIA and Microsoft partnership.

Diablo IV coming soon to GeForce NOW
Join the fight for Sanctuary.

Fight the forces of hell while discovering countless abilities to master, legendary loot to gather and nightmarish dungeons full of evil enemies to vanquish in Diablo IV. Experience the campaign solo or with friends in a shared open world as the dark, gripping story unfolds.

Overwatch 2 coming soon to GeForce NOW
Team up and answer the call of heroes in “Overwatch 2.”

Team up and answer the call of heroes in Overwatch 2, a free-to-play shooter featuring 30+ epic heroes, each with game-changing abilities. Join the battle across dozens of futuristic maps inspired by real-world locations and master unique game modes in the always-on, ever-evolving, live game.

Members will soon be able to stream the Steam versions of Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 on nearly any device with the power of a GeForce RTX 4080 rig in the cloud, with support for the launcher to follow.

Honkai Star Rail coming soon to GeForce NOW
The Astral Express is coming to GeForce NOW.

GeForce NOW also brings top role-playing games to the cloud. The immensely popular Honkai: Star Rail from HoYoverse will join Genshin Impact coming soon in the cloud. The space-fantasy RPG is set in a diverse universe filled with wonder, adventure and thrills, and expands the library of hit free-to-play titles for members. Plus, members can experience all the latest updates without worrying about download times.

Dinosaurs? Oh my.

Top publisher Capcom is working with NVIDIA to bring more of its hit titles to the cloud, including Exoprimal, an online, team-based action game that pits humanity’s cutting-edge exosuit technology against history’s most ferocious beasts: dinosaurs. Look forward to seeing it in the cloud on Jan. 18.

Ghosts do exist!

Mainframe Industries’ Pax Dei is a highly anticipated social sandbox massively multiplayer online game inspired by legends of the medieval era. It’s planned to release on GeForce NOW when it launches for PC.

Get ready to play these titles and more at high performance coming soon. Ultimate members will be able to stream at up to 4K resolution and 120 frames per second with support for NVIDIA DLSS and Reflex technology, and experience the action even on low-powered devices. Keep an eye out on GFN Thursdays for the latest on their release dates in the cloud.

Don’t Pass This Up

Day Passes, available in early February, will give gamers a fast pass to try out premium membership benefits before committing to one- or six-month memberships that offer better value. The passes provide access to all the same features as Priority and Ultimate members for 24 hours.

Day Pass users can experience RTX ON for supported games with Priority and Ultimate Day Passes. And Ultimate Day Pass users gain exclusive access to innovative technologies like NVIDIA DLSS 3.5, full ray tracing and NVIDIA Reflex.

CES 2024 GeForce NOW
Pssst, pass it on.

These new membership options let gamers freely choose when to tap into the cloud.

The Ultimate Day Pass will be available for $7.99 and the Priority Day Pass for $3.99. The 24 hours of continuous play will begin at purchase. Day Passes can be combined for continued access to GeForce NOW high-performance cloud streaming.

Let That Sync In

NVIDIA continues to push the boundaries for cloud gaming. The Ultimate membership tier introduced many cloud gaming firsts, from 240 fps to ultra-wide streaming, making gameplay with GeForce NOW — streaming from GeForce RTX 4080-powered servers — nearly identical to a local gaming experience.

Cloud GSYNC coming to GeForce NOW
Get in sync.

Coming soon, cloud G-SYNC technology will raise the bar even further, minimizing stutter and latency, with support for variable refresh rate monitors and fully optimized for G-SYNC-compatible monitors. With Cloud G-SYNC enabled, GeForce NOW will vary the display’s refresh rates to match the streaming rate, for the smoothest gameplay experience available from the cloud.

Ultimate members can also soon take advantage of expanded NVIDIA Reflex support in supported titles.  Building off of 240fps 1080p streaming from last year, Ultimate members will soon be able to utilize Reflex in supported titles at up to 4K resolution and 60 or 120 fps streaming modes, for low-latency gaming on nearly any device.  NVIDIA Reflex support is available in the top PC games on GeForce NOW, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, Cyberpunk 2077, Diablo IV, Overwatch 2, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt,  Alan Wake 2 and more.

With both Cloud G-SYNC and Reflex, members will feel as if they’re connected directly to GeForce NOW’s RTX 4080 SuperPODs, making their visual experiences smoother, clearer and more immersive than ever.

Mobile Phones Are Now PC Gaming Rigs

Mobile gamers will soon have the option to set streaming resolution to 1440p on Android devices, providing richer graphics on larger screens. Members will be able to turn an Android device into a portable gaming rig with support for quad-high-definition resolution (2,560 x 1,440 pixels), as well as improved keyboard and mouse support.

This offers a glimpse into the future of game streaming, with external displays connected to a mobile device. Using a USB-C docking station, gamers can connect an Android phone to a 1080p or 1440p gaming monitor or TV, with a keyboard and mouse or gamepad.

Paired with a GeForce NOW Ultimate membership, Android phones become portable gaming rigs on which to play the latest triple-A PC games, such as Baldur’s Gate 3, The Finals and Monster Hunter: World. Now anything, even a phone, can be a high-performance gaming rig.

Up to 1440p for Android devices on GeForce NOW
GeForce NOW improves on-the-go streaming, one device at a time.

The above was on display this week at the CES trade show. The demo streams Cyberpunk 2077 and Alan Wake 2 from GeForce NOW servers in Los Angeles to a Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra phone connected to a 1440p monitor in Las Vegas.

Clouds in Japan

GeForce NOW Exppansion
The cloud’s drifting into Japan.

NVIDIA will begin operating GeForce NOW in Japan in the spring, operating alongside GeForce NOW Alliance partner KDDI.

Gamers in the region can look forward to Ultimate memberships for the first time, along with all the new games and advancements announced at CES. Visit the page to learn more and sign up for notifications.

With a steady drumbeat of quality games from top publishers, new membership options and the latest NVIDIA technology in the cloud, GeForce NOW is poised to bring another ultimate year of gaming to members.