Our first contact with the service streaming of video games that NVIDIA proposes to us arrived more than four years ago. At the end of 2018 GeForce NOW allowed us to enjoy about 50 titles at 1080p and 60 FPS, but since then has evolved a lot. A little over a year ago we tested it again, but this time using the GeForce RTX 3080 rendering infrastructure at 1440p and 120 FPS. And yes, we liked it.
It is clear that for NVIDIA this platform is very important, which is why during the CES that has just been held in Las Vegas (United States) it announced a new, even more ambitious service modality that renders our games using a network of servers with GeForce RTX 4080 graphics cards. During our visit to this fair we were able to briefly test it, and we assure you that it is an experience that leaves its mark.
GeForce NOW Ultimate is closer than ever to the local gaming experience
Currently the GeForce RTX 4080 graphics card is the second most powerful in the NVIDIA catalog. Only the GeForce RTX 4090 is more ambitious, and as we found during our reviews of these two graphics solutions, both deliver fabulous performance when running. we play at 2160p with ray tracing enabled and the best possible graphic quality. There is something that there is no doubt about: this brand wants our experience when using the GeForce NOW service to be as similar as possible to playing locally.
GeForce NOW Ultimate now promises us that we can play at 4K at 120 FPS, and even at 240 FPS
In fact, the GeForce NOW Ultimate service mode, which is the one that offers us to enjoy rendering with the rig of RTX 4080, promises us that we can play at 4K at 120 FPS, and even at 240 FPS, using Reflex technology. And with ray tracing activated. However, there is something else that we should not overlook: one of the most important ingredients of this recipe is the image reconstruction strategy using DLSS 3 technology.
DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) came alongside the first generation of GeForce RTX graphics cards from this brand, but only the new GeForce RTX 40 they are able to work with the third major revision of this image reconstruction strategy using artificial intelligence. Its purpose is, ultimately, to free the GPU from part of the effort involved in rendering images to increase the frame rate per second without compromising graphic quality.
Everything we’ve seen so far sounds great, but sometimes theory and practice don’t align. Fortunately, during CES we have participated in an exclusive technical session during which we have been able to test the streaming of NVIDIA video games using the infrastructure of servers equipped with GeForce RTX 4080 graphics cards. Before carrying out this test we had two doubts. Will its graphic quality at 2160p really be up to par? And its latency? Will it be similar to the local game?
The combination of Reflex and DLSS 3 technologies works so well that the delay is imperceptible
NVIDIA technicians put together this demo well because it allowed us to compare game performance in local mode with a next-gen RTX graphics card and the service GeForce NOW Ultimate that uses the GeForce RTX 4080 server infrastructure. This test is just a first contact, so our final assessment will come when we have the opportunity to analyze this service in our own facilities.
In any case, the performance of the infrastructure that NVIDIA is setting up is amazing. The graphic quality of the streaming at 2160p that the servers with RTX 4080 deliver us is fabulous, and it is very close to what we get with local play. But the most impressive thing is that the latency is minimal. And it is that the combination of Reflex and DLSS 3 technologies works so well that the delay is imperceptible. So much, in fact, that it rivals the overall latency delivered to us by an ambitious PC during local play.
We hope we can test the new mode of service on our own and using a standard home fiber optic connection, but our first feelings are certainly very positive. GeForce NOW currently offers us more than 1,500 games, and the Ultimate mode costs €19.99 per month. NVIDIA is currently deploying servers with GeForce RTX 4080 hardware, so presumably in a few weeks this mode of service will be ready for users to use.
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