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NVIDIA GeForce Now Brings 4K Streaming to PC Gamers: What You Need to Know

If you’re one of the many NVIDIA GeForce Now gamers patiently waiting for 4K support, now is the time.

NVIDIA GeForce Now offers 4K streaming to members of its highest and most expensive subscription tier who use a Windows PC or Mac.

Keep reading to find out what it means, what you’ll need, and if you’re eligible.

NVIDIA GeForce now introduces 4K streaming in its RTX 3080 tier

Starting May 5, 2022, NVIDIA GeForce Now is giving subscribers of its pricey RTX 3080 tier one of its most requested features, the ability to stream games in 4K resolution on PC and Mac.

The official announcement took the form of a NVIDIA GeForce Now blog postwho said :

RTX 3080 members can now take their games to the next level, streaming at 4K resolution on native GeForce NOW PC and Mac apps.

The feature was previously exclusive to a Shield TV and even includes a new 4K60 version for Macs with Apple’s M1 chips. These 4K60 streams are for native PC apps only, not the web version of GeForce Now.

It’s also important to note that if you’re using an LG or Samsung smart TV, NVIDIA’s GeForce Now will unfortunately continue to be limited to 1080p until further notice.

4K support comes less than a year after NVIDIA introduced the RTX 3080 plan, which allowed subscribers to play games with an RTX 3080 PC gaming rig without having to physically purchase the GPU. (But do you even need a powerful GPU?)

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GeForce Now has also added 27 games to its library, including Star Wars titles like Battlefront II, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Star Wars: Squadrons.

What you’ll need to stream NVIDIA GeForce Now in 4K

As mentioned earlier, you’ll need to be subscribed to the RTX 3080 plan to get 4K streaming on your PC or Mac, which costs $20 per month or $100 for six months. Naturally, you will also need a 4K display.

It would also be useful to have DLSS in games that support it, to help improve graphics performance. However, you would be limited to 60 frames per second (FPS), which can be frustrating for many gamers.

Is it worth streaming NVIDIA GeForce Now in 4K?

As gradual as the introduction of 4K streaming is, it comes with a few caveats, making it a give or take situation.

For example, RTX 3080 subscribers typically stream at 120fps for a smoother gaming experience that also refreshes at a higher rate. But if you want to stream with 4K, you’ll have to compromise for 60FPS, because that’s the cutoff.

And since PC gamers often use a 1440p or 1080p display, you can force 4K in the GeForce Now client, but that will downscale the image and use tons of data.

Of course, this won’t be a problem if you’re using uncapped data. If not, you can just change your quality settings to get the best streaming quality with GeForce Now.

On the other hand, some benefits include the ability for RTX 3080 members to experience ultra-low latency that “rivals native console gaming,” according to the GeForce Now blog.

The plan also gives members access to custom in-game graphics settings, like the ability to turn RTX ON. Members can also play an eight-hour session, the maximum time allowed.

4K is a significant addition to GeForce Now

While the feature isn’t perfect yet, NVIDIA GeForce Now has done well to add 4K support to its RTX 3080 plan.

And it is one of the few cloud gaming services that supports it on multiple devices. Whether it would be beneficial to stream in 4K is up to you, but consider both the pros and cons.



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