Cloud gaming isn’t for everyone, but it’s getting easier to find out if it’s for you as Nvidia and Google now let you try out their virtual gaming PCs for free. Following Google’s recent announcement that any Stadia developer will be able to offer an instantly accessible free trial of their game without the need to sign in to a Google account, Nvidia’s GeForce Now now also offers friction-reduced demos. – begining with Chorus, Ghostrunner, Inscryption, diplomacy is not an option and The Riftbreaker: Prologue.
Typically, you need to sign in to an Nvidia account and then sign in again to a Steam, Epic Games, or Ubisoft account to play any of these demos on GeForce Now, and you’ll need to search for them as well. Now the Nvidia account is all you will need. The demos will automatically appear in a new line “Instant Play Free Demos” and will not require the second login.
That’s still a lot more friction than cloud games should optimally have, and you’ll only be able to launch them from the play.geforcenow.com app or web app. (It’s not yet possible to click on an ad to instantly play a demo.) But it’s interesting to hear that, unlike Google, Nvidia now hosts demos from developers who do not do another full game on GeForce Now.
“We will accept any free demo. We simply ask that if a full version of the game becomes available later, our users can play it on GeForce Now,” reads one of the responses I requested from Phil Eisler, vice president and general manager of the platform. form of cloud gaming from Nvidia.
Eisler tells The edge that developers and publishers can submit any existing PC demo as is, no modifications needed, which makes sense since GFN servers are just Windows gaming PCs in the cloud. (They don’t need to be ported to Linux like with Google Stadia, though Eisler didn’t explicitly point this out.)
The downside is that, contrary to Stadia, demos are just demos. They do not save your game progress and allow you to pick up where you left off if you choose to purchase it later. They also don’t prompt you to buy or subscribe to GFN afterwards, which some might find nice. Eisler says Nvidia is exploring a purchase stream and may consider ways to upgrade from a demo to a full game in the future, however.
The one thing I would caution about, testing both GeForce Now and Google Stadia, is that neither platform lets you see what they look like best when playing for free. Nvidia has confirmed that unless you have a Priority or RTX 3080 subscription, these demos will run with the company’s free remote desktop tier, where you’ll get less impressive response times and may need to share the very power of a last generation RTX. Class 2080 graphics card with another user.
The new RTX 3080 tier is the most impressive cloud gaming service yet, but you’re currently looking at a $20 minimum commitment to try out these improvements.
If you try GeForce Now, however, and don’t mind connecting your Steam and Epic accounts, you’ll find plenty more to try for free. It has a solid selection of totally free games, including fortniteand you can try any (supported) game you own on PC for an hour at a time.