Chipmaker Nvidia opened to subscribe to its cloud-based game streaming service GeForce Now on Tuesday, taking Google’s Stadia into a market primed for high growth over the next few years.
The platform actually uses a GeForce graphics card to power personal computers, Android phones and Shield TVs, enabling devices to play games with enhanced graphics.
GeForce Now, previously available on a public beta version, will offer a Founder Edition at $ 4.99 (approximately Rs. 350) per month with a free tier. Google Stadia offers a 4K version as part of the premium service of $ 9.99 (about Rs 710) per month, while the free high-definition version is expected to roll out this year.
The Stadia has been downloaded nearly 593,000 times since its launch in November, according to data from industry site Sensor Tower.
GeForce Now will also compete with Microsoft’s project xCloud, which is likely to launch this year.
According to Statista data, the cloud gaming market is expected to expand from $ 20 billion (about Rs 7,100 crore) in 2018 to $ 8 billion (about Rs 57,000 crore) in 2025.
Moore Insights and Strategy analyst Patrick Moorehead expects the cloud gaming market to pick up in the next five years as Alphabet’s giants like Google, Microsoft and Nvidia enter the market with acceptable experiences.
GeForce Now has more than 30 free-to-play games and users can also add pre-owned games, while the premium version of Stadia has been launched with a slate of 22 games.
Users opting for the Founders version of Nvidia will have access to games that support ray tracing or how the rays of light will jump in the visual scene, making it visual and real.