By AppleInsider Staff
Wednesday, January 04, 2017, 08:14 pm PT (11:14 pm ET)
Computer graphics giant Nvidia on Wednesday announced the upcoming Mac and PC launch of GeForce Now, a cloud-based game streaming platform previously limited to the company’s Shield tablet and TV devices.
Unveiled onstage at CES by Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, GeForce Now is a content hosting service that streams graphically intensive games down to vanilla end-user hardware.
“It’s basically a GeForce gaming PC on demand,” Huang said.
The product could be a boon for Mac, which still lags behind Windows PCs in terms of gaming. Huang even demonstrated the service live by playing a bit of Rise of the Tomb Raider on an iMac, a demanding PC-only game that would otherwise be too much for Apple’s standard configuration hardware to handle.
While exact specifications and system requirements have yet to be announced, it appears users will only need to install the GeForce Now desktop client, which then acts as a portal to a host of popular games including triple-A titles. The platform is also compatible with the Steam store, meaning the number of games available to subscriber should be fairly broad.
Nvidia is pricing GeForce Now as a tier based subscription service, with lower level game packages starting at $25 for 20 hours of play. Higher tier games like Rise of the Tomb Raider will carry a higher price tag when the platform launches in March.