GeForce NOW Gets New Priority Memberships and More

The future for cloud gaming looks bright as GFN approaches 10 million members.
by Phil Eisler

As GeForce NOW enters its second year and rapidly approaches 10 million members, we’re setting our sights on fresh milestones and adding new membership offerings.

First up is a new premium offering, Priority membership, which receives the same benefits as Founders members. These include priority access to gaming sessions, extended session lengths and RTX ON for beautifully ray-traced graphics and DLSS in supported games.

Monthly memberships are available at $9.99 a month. A new annual membership option, at $99.99, provides the best value.

GeForce NOW wouldn’t be what it is today without our Founders members. That’s why we’re adding the Founders for Life benefit, which continues the special $4.99 introductory rate as long the account is in good standing. (For more details, click here.)

Whether it’s a short time, a long time or a lifetime, we want our Founders members, who’ve supported GeForce NOW from the start, to stay a part of the family.

The Next Level

We’re grateful for the feedback we receive from all our members. We use it to improve the service and plan for the future. In the last year, that included:

  • Supporting day-and-date launches, like Cyberpunk 2077, and top free-to-play games
  • Increasing the game library, which now includes more than 800 games
  • Opening new data centers, giving us more than 20 around the world
  • Expanding capacity in existing data centers, allowing us to grow the service further
  • Improving quality of service, with even more optimizations on the way.

As GeForce NOW continues to grow, we’re working to improve streaming quality and ease of use, and to add more games.

With the 2.0.28 update, currently rolling out to members and available to all in about a week, streaming quality takes the next step.

One of the ways we do this is with a unique adaptive Vsync technology. The feature synchronizes frame rates at 60 or 59.94 Hz server-side to match the display client-side, reducing stutter and latency on supported games. A new adaptive de-jitter technology will enable us to increase bit rates for improved quality over choppy networks, too.

We’re also passionate about making GeForce NOW easier to use, including updates that get members into the game even faster. The first phase of these improvements includes account linking for key games on the platform, coming in the next 1-2 months, as well as updates to game preloading that should cut load times by about half.

Additionally, we’re adding capacity in our busiest data centers along with new server locations. Next up is Phoenix, Arizona, with our first Canadian data center, in Montreal, to follow. We expect both to be operational later this year, helping reduce wait times for Priority and Founders members.

GeForce NOW Data Centers
We’re bringing new and expanded data centers online for GeForce NOW.

We also get tons of questions from our community about bringing GeForce NOW to new regions. We just launched with a new partner in Turkey, with Saudia Arabia and Australia on the horizon.

GeForce NOW Alliance partners operate regional data centers and offer GeForce NOW in local currencies and local language support. That means reduced latency, significantly better ping times and less waiting. Expect additional GeForce NOW Alliance partners expanding into new territories soon.

Speedrunning Your GFN Thursday

Finally, we’re upgrading GFN Thursday, our ongoing commitment to bringing great PC games and service updates to members each week.

In 2020, we onboarded and released an average of 10 games a week. With a new express onboarding pipeline, our goal is to increase that by about half by year-end.

We’ve continued to add support for additional digital game stores. In case you missed it, last week we released GOG.COM versions of four CD PROJEKT RED games, including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition.

And since it’s Thursday, we can’t leave without giving our members their weekly dose of new games.

System Shock: Enhanced Edition on GeForce NOW
System Shock: Enhanced Edition (Steam) and more are joining the GeForce NOW library this week.

In addition to the service updates rolling out with this week’s 2.0.28 release, we’re streaming 7 new games on GeForce NOW. Members can look for:

New memberships, improved streaming, more games — GeForce NOW year two is just getting started.