Wednesday October 05, 2022

Nvidia’s GeForce Now4K streaming hits Macs and PCs, not just Shield TV

Nvidia kicked off Google’s October with a massive upgrade to its GeForce Now cloud-gaming service. However, only Shield TV subscribers could enjoy it in stunning 4K. Nvidia has added 4K to its native apps on Windows PC and Mac, as well as a newer version for Macs equipped with Apple’s M1 chip. Nvidia is also expanding its high-refresh rate 1080p 120Hz mode for Samsung’s flagship phones including the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3. Also, the OnePlus 9 Pro. It was previously only available for Samsung’s S21 models (the Note 20 and S20FE), the ASUS ROG 5 Series, and the Google Pixel 6 Pro.
Back to 4K: The new 4K60 streams will only work with native PC apps and not the web version. Your LG and Samsung Smart TVs will remain at 1080p until further notice. Jordan Dodge, a spokeswoman for GeForce Now, says there is no update. This may sound obvious, but it could be a requirement for a 4K monitor to make sense.
While most PC gamers still use a 1080p or 1440p display, Dodge claims that you should be able to force 4K in GeForce Now. However, this will have its downsides. Your hardware will downscale the image and you’ll have to use a lot of data. You also lose the ability to use Nvidia’s 120Hz high refresh-rate mode. Today, 4K60 is the limit.
If you don’t have data caps, I would force 4K. I find GFN’s streaming quality better at 4K than at 1440p. This forces Nvidia’s servers at higher resolutions, and I expect to see some improvement, even if your computer downscales it. However, I haven’t had the opportunity to test this PC upgrade. It will be here for me to see later today.
Nvidia’s RTX 3080 tier is also worth considering. It’s a lot more powerful than the cheaper tiers and can handle the latest 4K games.

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