Ultra Gaming on a $200 PC – GeForce NOW

– Hey guys, this is Austin and today I'm here at CES with NVIDIA about to take a look at GeForce NOW So not only were they awesome enough to sponsor this video, but if you guys caught my video a couple of months ago where I took a look at GeForce NOW for the Mac you'll know that it actually works pretty well

So in that video I was using a 2009 MacBook I got for 200 dollars on eBay and playing proper PC games using the internet game stream tech Which sounds really exciting and fancy Now, not only is that still around but today we're actually able to also play now on the PC One of the big advantages of GeForce NOW is that you can play games on hardware that you normally couldn't So take for example, this

This is the HP Stream and it's a 200 dollar laptop I've actually done a video on this a little while back And while it's not a bad computer, gaming is definitely not its strong suit Since this is cloud gaming we are relying on having a decent internet connection So this guy is going to be hardwired in

But beyond that, the requirements actually aren't too crazy In addition to GeForce NOW being available for the PC there are also now some Uplay games available which is why I'm playing Rainbow Six Ah, Oh, Okay that's not good This is a lot of fun Something I'm noticing here is that the latency really just is not that bad

Even when I'm getting into gunfights Main thing that kills me is uh you know, my expert skills One of the nice parts about this is that because we are playing via the cloud we're actually able to crank the settings up pretty high So I'm curious where are we actually running at right now Running at very high settings on a Tesla P40 because you know, that's exactly what I want to play on my 200 dollar laptop Since I did my last video, GeForce NOW has seen some updates including there's now an actual search function

So if you want to look for a specific game, you can do that and what's even more exciting is there's now an ultra streaming mode The idea here is that in the cloud the game is going to be running at 120 frames per second and then you're going to still get a 60 frame per second feed to your computer The idea is, is that will help to cut down on some latency Now it's not supported on all games One game that is supported is Fortnite

Something interesting here is we're playing on a slightly higher end computer So this is like a standard Ultrabook and while it has a nicer screen which is definitely helpful, the actual experience of playing the game should be the exact same So like five seconds in, I can tell that this is actually a slightly smoother experience So, while there's very little latency on this side having the game run at 120Hz even though I don't actually have a 120Hz panel just does cut down latency ever that much more Also, I deployed my parachute way too early

(laughs) And actually what's interesting is, so we're in Las Vegas right now The actual server we're playing this on is in Los Angeles, which is a few hundred miles away Next we have PUBG which is the most popular game on GeForce NOW and well, basically everywhere else So the demo here is we have two identical 400 dollar laptops one running the game natively at a slightly less than optimal two frames per second on low and the other running the game at full 1080p 60 on well, GeForce NOW So, what's kind of interesting and something very helpful that Nvidia has provided is a full chart showing the performance gains you can expect when you stop using the integrated graphics on your laptop

As you can see, these numbers are much higher Look, I don't have to do this This is something that I don't need to do, but I'm going to try to play PUBG at two frames per second Because I don't have a really good reason actually I'm just going to try it

So, really impressive experience I got to say The graphics are unrivaled and the frame rate is what some would call buttery-smooth I mean, there's less than probably five seconds of latency between when I hit a button and when I actually see my character move on screen If I stop There he stops Anyway, I'm going to move on to GeForce NOW

I think that's For real though, this is a great demo of what makes GeForce NOW really interesting The idea that with a 400 dollar laptop that has pretty low end internals, I mean, this is like a Pentium, that's able to play games like PUBG at a really nice and smooth frame rate

Obviously, you need a good internet connection, but almost it even makes more sense with PUBG because you need a good internet connection to play it, anyway Odds are if you're going to be playing this you're going to have an internet connection that's going to be decent enough to actually be able to stream the game I mean, PUBG is maybe not the greatest looking game in the world, but especially the last few patches really have made it look nice And the desert map, actually, looks pretty decent Although I know nothing about where anything is right now

Oh, oh, hello, hello, hello Nope, nope you don't! Yeah, there we go I got one kill I feel very proud and accomplished that I caught a guy as he was running out of a building and successfully got him Okay

So, while the GeForce NOW beta for Mac has been out for a few months It is now available for PC and it is still free At least until Nvidia comes to their senses Now the cool thing is that if you were already on the Mac beta you can get on this immediately, but if you haven't tried it at all yet you can get on the wait list and they're going to be adding more people every week So, if you guys have not tried this it is definitely worth a look, but what do you guys think about GeForce NOW? Let me know in the comments below and I will catch you on the next one

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