Nvidia’s GeForce NOW service continues to get better, with the official rollout of ray tracing (RTX) capable servers starting today. Gamers who live in Northern California and Germany will be the first to experience this bump in graphical fidelity. Nvidia will continue to roll out these upgraded servers to their data centers throughout the world as the year goes on.
At the moment the only way to get a decent gaming experience with ray tracing enabled is to have one of Nvidia’s more high-end graphics cards. Having this available on their streaming platform will make it more easily accessible, and more gamers will be able to see what all the fuss is about. That developers don’t have to do any extra work in order to enable this is another huge bonus.
RTX isn’t the only thing Nvidia has up its sleeves. They also announced that GeForce NOW is going to be available on Android phones soon, with LG and Samsung being manufacturers specifically mentioned. It looks as if Nvidia wants gamers to have a complete experience as they are recommending the use of Bluetooth gamepads with their app.
GeForce NOW has only available on Mac, PC, and Nvidia Shield. However, with the approaching release of Google Stadia it’s clear that Nvidia felt the need to make the move into the mobile space. Unfortunately, there is no mention of the service coming to iOS any time soon. Hopefully this is something that’s being worked on but, isn’t ready for primetime yet.
Lastly, an interesting tidbit comes across in two sentences, “We already support over 500 games, with compatibility for thousands more. And we’re exploring how our users can play more of their favorite games, even before they’re formally part of our library.” If Nvidia is able to figure out how users can play any of their digital games on GeForce NOW it will make it the most friendly platform to gamers. This will give it a huge advantage over their competitors.