NVIDIA has been showing off the latest iteration of its internet-based game-streaming service GeForce Now at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and the big news is that it's now in beta testing for Windows.
Why is this big news? Well, last year it was a Mac-only beta, meaning you could play modern PC games on the go on a Mac, but now it's on Windows you can theoretically play high-end games on truly terrible portable hardware.
CNET went hands-on with the Windows GeForce Now setup at CES and their editor Sean Hollister recorded some footage:
Apparently it was even possible to play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on a $200 netbook with pretty solid visuals and game performance.
If you're not familiar with game-streaming, the trick here is that all the computational stuff is being done somewhere in a datacenter, and the dumb netbook is just streaming the imagery to the player and uploading their control inputs. On a fast enough connection - NVIDIA recommends 50Mbps although 25Mbps is apparently fine - it's pretty playable.
If you fancy trying it for yourself, you can sign up for the beta although there is a waiting list. GLHF.Load Comments