GFN Thursday — 21 Games Coming to GeForce NOW in March

Guess what’s back? Back again? GFN Thursday. Tell a friend.

Check out this month’s list of all the exciting new titles and classic games coming to GeForce NOW in March.

First, let’s get into what’s coming today.

Don’t Hesitate

It wouldn’t be GFN Thursday if members didn’t have new games to play. Here’s what’s new to GFN starting today:

Loop Hero on GeForce NOW

Loop Hero (day-and-date release on Steam)

Equal parts roguelike, deck-builder and auto battler, Loop Hero challenges you to think strategically as you explore each randomly generated loop path and fight to defeat The Lich. PC Gamer gave this indie high praise, saying, “don’t sleep on this brilliant roguelike.”

Disgaea PC on GeForce NOW

Disgaea PC (Steam)

The turn-based strategy RPG classic lets you amass your evil hordes and become the new Overlord. With more than 40 character types and PC-specific features, there’s never been a better time to visit the Netherworld.

Members can also look for the following games joining GeForce NOW later today:

  • Legends of Aria (Steam)
  • The Dungeon Of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet Of Chaos (Steam)
  • Wargame: Red Dragon (Free on Epic Games Store, March 4-11)
  • WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship (Steam)

What’s Coming in March

We’ve got a great list of exciting tiles coming soon to GeForce NOW. You won’t want to miss:

Spacebase Startopia (Steam and Epic Games Store)

An original mixture of economic simulation and empire building strategy paired with classic RTS skirmishes and a good dose of humor to take the edge off.

Wrench (Steam)

Prepare and maintain race cars in an extraordinarily detailed mechanic simulator. Extreme attention has been paid to even the smallest components, including fasteners that are accurate to the thread pitch and install torque.

And that’s not all — check out even more games coming to GFN in March:

  • Door Kickers (Steam)
  • Endzone – A World Apart (Steam)
  • Monopoly Plus (Steam)
  • Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 4 (Steam)
  • Narita Boy (Steam)
  • Overcooked!: All You Can Eat (Steam)
  • Pascal’s Wager – Definitive Edition (Steam)
  • System Shock: Enhanced Edition (Steam)
  • Thief Gold (Steam)
  • Trackmania United Forever (Steam)
  • Uno (Steam)
  • Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic (Steam)
  • Worms Reloaded (Steam)

In Case You Missed It

Remember that one time in February when we told you that 30 titles were coming to GeForce NOW? Actually, it was even more than that — 18 additional games joined the service, bringing the total in February to nearly 50.

If you’re not following along every week, the additional 18 games that joined GFN are:

Add it all up, and you’ve got a lot of gaming ahead of you.

The Backbone of Your GFN iOS Experience

Backbone One, a GeForce NOW Recommended Controller

For those planning to give our new Safari iOS experience a try, our newest GeForce NOW Recommended Controller is for you.

Backbone One is an iPhone game controller recommended for GeForce NOW, with fantastic buttons and build quality, technology that preserves battery life and reduces latency, passthrough charging and more. It even has a built-in capture button to let you record and share your gameplay, right from your phone. Learn more about Backbone One on the GeForce NOW Recommended Product hub.

This should be an exciting month, GFN members. What are you going to play? Tell us on Twitter or in the comments below.

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What Is Cloud Gaming?

Cloud gaming uses powerful, industrial-strength GPUs inside secure data centers to stream your favorite games over the internet to you. So you can play the latest games on nearly any device, even ones that can’t normally play that game.

But First, What Is Cloud Gaming?

While the technology is complex, the concept is simple.

Cloud gaming takes your favorite game, and instead of using the device in front of you to power it, a server — a powerful, industrial-strength PC — runs the game from a secure data center.

Gameplay is then streamed over the internet back to you, allowing you to play the latest games on nearly any device, even ones that are not capable of running can’t actually play that game.

Cloud gaming streams the latest games from powerful GPUs in remote data centers to nearly any device.

Video games are interactive, obviously. So, cloud gaming servers need to process information and render frames in real time. Unlike movies or TV shows that can provide a buffer — a few extra seconds of information that gets sent to your device before it’s time to be displayed — games are dependent on the user’s next keystroke or button press.

Introducing GeForce NOW

We started our journey to cloud gaming over 10 years ago, spending that time to optimize every millisecond of the pipeline that we manage, from the graphics cards in the data centers to the software on your local device.

Here’s how it works.

GeForce NOW is a service that takes a GeForce gaming PC’s power and flexibility and makes it accessible through the cloud. This gives you an always-on gaming rig that never needs upgrading, patching or updating — across all of your devices.

One of the things that makes GeForce NOW unique is that it connects to popular PC games stores — Steam, Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Connect and more — so gamers can play the same PC version of games their friends are playing.

It also means, if they already own a bunch of games, they can log in and start playing them. And if they have, or upgrade to, a gaming rig, they have access to download and play those games on that local PC.

GeForce NOW empowers you to take your PC games with you, wherever you go.

Gamers get an immersive PC gaming experience, instant access to the world’s most popular games and gaming communities, and the freedom to play on any device, at any time.

It’s PC gaming for those whose PCs have integrated graphics, for Macs and Chromebooks that don’t have access to the latest games, or for internet-connected mobile devices where PC gaming is only a dream.

Over 80 percent of GeForce NOW members are playing on devices that don’t meet the min spec for the games they’re playing.

To start, sign up for the service, download the app and begin your cloud gaming journey.

Powering PC Gaming from the Cloud

Cloud data centers with NVIDIA GPUs power the world’s most computationally complex tasks, from AI to data analytics and research. Combined with advanced GeForce PC gaming technologies, GeForce NOW delivers high-end PC gaming to passionate gamers.

NVIDIA RTX servers provide the backbone for GeForce NOW.

GeForce NOW data centers include NVIDIA RTX servers that feature RTX GPUs. These GPUs enable the holy grail of modern graphics: real-time ray tracing, and DLSS, NVIDIA’s groundbreaking AI rendering that boosts frame rates for uncompromised image quality. The hardware is supported with NVIDIA Game Ready Driver performance improvements.

Patented encoding technology — along with hardware acceleration in both video encoding and decoding, pioneered by NVIDIA more than a decade ago — allows for gameplay to be streamed at high frame rates, with low enough latency that most games will feel like the game is being played locally. Gameplay rendered in GeForce NOW data centers is converted into high-definition H.265 and H.264 video and streamed back to the gamer instantaneously.

The total time it takes from button press or keystroke to the action appearing on the screen is less than one-tenth of a second, faster than the blink of an eye.

Growing Cloud Gaming Around the World

With the ambition to deliver quality cloud gaming to all gamers, NVIDIA works with partners around the world including telecommunications and service providers to put GeForce NOW servers to work in their own data centers, ensuring lightning-fast connections.

Partners that have already deployed RTX cloud gaming servers include SoftBank and KDDI in Japan, LG Uplus in Korea, GFN.RU in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, Zain in Saudi Arabia and Taiwan Mobile in Taiwan.

Together with partners from around the globe, we’re scaling GeForce NOW to enable millions of gamers to play their favorite games, when and where they want.

Get started with your gaming adventures on GeForce NOW.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series on the GeForce NOW game-streaming service, how it works, ways you can make the most of it, and where it’s going next. 

In our next blog, we’ll talk about how we bring your games to GeForce NOW.

Follow GeForce NOW on Facebook and Twitter and stay up to date on the latest features and game launches. 

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Think Aggressively This GFN Thursday with Outriders Demo, 11 Additional Games

Here comes another GFN Thursday, dropping in to co-op with you as we explore the world of Square Enix’s new Outriders game. Before we get into the rest of this week’s new additions, let’s head to Enoch and take a closer look at what makes People Can Fly’s upcoming launch special.

Let’s Ride

From the studio that launched Bulletstorm, Gears of War Judgement and Painkiller, Outriders takes gamers to the world of Enoch. Embark on a brand-new experience: a single-player or co-op RPG shooter with brutal powers, intense action, deep RPG mechanics, and a compelling story set in a dark sci-fi world. The game dynamically adjusts the balance to account for how many players are in a session to keep the challenge level just right.

Play Outriders on GeForce NOW
Outriders is coming to GeForce NOW in April, but members can play the demo now.

Combining intense gunplay with violent powers and an arsenal of increasingly twisted weaponry and gear-sets, OUTRIDERS offers countless hours of gameplay from one of the finest shooter developers in the industry, People Can Fly.

The demo has a ton of content to explore. Beyond the main storyline, gamers can explore four quests. And all progress made in the demo carries over to the full game when it launches in April.

GeForce NOW members can play on any supported device — PC, Mac, Chromebook, iOS, Android or Android TV. And with crossplay, members can join friends in Enoch regardless of which platform their friends are playing on.

Like most day-and-date releases on GeForce NOW, we expect to have the Outriders demo streaming within a few hours of it going live on Steam.

Let’s Play Today

In addition to the Outriders demo, let’s take a look at this week’s 11 more new additions to the GeForce NOW library.

Curse of the Dead Gods on GeForce NOW

Curse of the Dead Gods (Steam)

Now out of Early Access, this skill-based roguelike challenges you to explore endless dungeon rooms while turning curses to your advantage. IGN calls the game’s combat system “mechanically simple, but impressively deep.”

Old School Runescape on GeForce NOW

Old School RuneScape (Steam)

Old School RuneScape is RuneScape, but older! This is the open-world gamers know and love, but as it was in 2007. Saying that, it’s even better – Old School is shaped by you, the players, with regular new content, fixes and expansions voted for by the fans!

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos on GeForce NOW

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos (Steam)

Classic adventure for you and three of your friends! Delve deep into procedural dungeons, explore an expansive overworld full of secrets and take down the Titans to save the once peaceful land of Tasos.

In addition, members can look for the following:

What are you planning to play this weekend? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments below.

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The Sky’s No Longer the Limit: GFN Thursday Celebrates Indie Breakthroughs — Valheim, Terraria and More

GFN Thursday is bringing gamers 11 new titles this week, but first, a question: What’s your favorite indie game?

We ask because GeForce NOW supports nearly 300 of them, streaming straight from the cloud. And that’s great for gamers and indie devs.

An Indie Spotlight

PC gaming thrives because of independent studios. Some of the world’s smallest developers have made the biggest and best games. It’s one of the things we love most about PC gaming and why NVIDIA built its Indie Spotlight program.

Developing a great game is challenging enough, so we’re supporting indie devs by helping them reach a wider audience. GeForce NOW connects to game stores where PC games are already offered, so developers can grow their audience while focusing on their creative vision, without worrying about ports.

Teams like Iron Gate AB and Coffee Stain Studios are now able to bring a graphically intense PC game like Valheim to more gamers by streaming the PC version from our cloud servers.

Valheim on GeForce NOWYou can build your dream Viking home in Valheim. And with GeForce NOW, you don’t even need a PC.

Valheim asks you to battle, build and conquer your way to a saga worthy of Odin’s patronage. The game’s already a huge success on Steam, and with GeForce NOW, Iron Gate’s team can share their vision with cloud gamers on Mac, Android, iOS and Chromebooks.

“We launched Valheim in early access on Steam, and immediately NVIDIA helped us bring it to more gamers with GeForce NOW. That way, even Mac users can play Valheim,” said Henrik Törnqvist, co-founder of Iron Gate AB.

Motoring Toward the Indie 300

GeForce NOW’s library includes nearly 300 of the most-popular and most-loved indie games, with more released every GFN Thursday.

“Streaming Terraria on GeForce NOW makes perfect sense to us. We have always sought out ways to make our game as accessible to as many people as possible. GFN helps accomplish that goal by giving our players the ability to play on any device they want, without any added development work on our side. We’re looking forward to seeing both new and existing players enjoy all that Terraria has to offer, whether that be via the more traditional PC/console/mobile route or streaming from the cloud,” said Ted Murphy, head of business strategy and marketing at Re-Logic.

Terraria, from Re-Logic, is one of the most popular indie hits of all time. It’s also one of the longest-running, best-supported games. Regular content updates since launch have lifted the total item count from 250 to over 5,000.

Terraria on GeForce NOWUsing GeForce NOW, members can check in on their Terraria homes on any of their supported devices.

The indie catalog is a great place to discover games you might’ve missed. Monster Train, from Shiny Shoe and Good Shepherd Entertainment, a strategic roguelike deck building game with a twist, was PC Gamer’s Best Card Game of 2020 and is streaming from the cloud.

Indie Games on GeForce NOWMembers can see even more highlights in the “Indie Spotlight” in-app row, and the complete indie catalog by clicking “See More.”

GeForce NOW’s indies include incredible global success stories. Chinese-developer TPP Studio’s Home Behind 2 is a fairly new indie title that’s rapidly growing in popularity. The game, released in November, has a two-person development team and starts streaming on GeForce NOW this week.

Since GFN streams the PC versions of games from popular digital stores, when a promotion happens — like Team17’s Worms Rumble free weekend on Steam, happening through Feb. 21 — members are able to participate, instantly.

And when games take advantage of NVIDIA technology like DLSS, GeForce NOW members can reap the benefits. Recent examples include War Thunder, and — just this week — Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. It’s yet another way GeForce NOW supports future indie development.

Let’s Play Today

As is GFN Thursday tradition, let’s take a look at this week’s new additions to the GeForce NOW library.

Hellish Quart (day-and-date release on Steam, Feb. 16)

A new Steam release this week, Kubold’s sword-dueling game includes intense physics and motion-captured fencing techniques. 

South Park: The Stick of Truth (Steam)

A brilliant RPG that satirizes the genre, Ubisoft’s first South Park game lets you pal around with Cartman, Stan, Kyle, Kenny and more in search of a twig of limitless power.

Here are the rest of this week’s additions:

What’s your gaming plan this weekend, members? Let us know on Twitter.

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GFN Thursday Shines Ray-Traced Spotlight on Sweet Six-Pack of RTX Games

If Wednesday is hump day, GFN Thursday is the new official beginning of the weekend. We have a great lineup of games streaming from the cloud this week, with more details on that below.

This GFN Thursday also spotlights some of the games using NVIDIA RTX tech, including a sweet six-pack that you’ll want to check out (okay, you’ve probably already played Cyberpunk 2077, but you get the idea).

What Is RTX?

NVIDIA RTX GPUs introduced real-time ray tracing and AI to PC gaming.

Ray tracing provides realistic lighting by simulating the physical behavior of light, adding cinematic-quality rendering to scenes in a game. Normally these effects are computationally expensive, but RTX GPUs’ dedicated hardware allows for ray-tracing acceleration in real time.

Cyberpunk 2077 with RTX ON on GeForce NOW

Real-time ray tracing is only one benefit, though. NVIDIA DLSS provides GeForce NOW the performance headroom to maximize visual settings, while maintaining smooth frame rates, and stream those benefits to members.

RTX On Any Device

When a game joins GeForce NOW with RTX support, Founders members can play with cinematic, real-time ray tracing and NVIDIA DLSS support — even on devices that don’t have an RTX-capable GPU. That means adding RTX ON on your Macbook Air. Love your Chromebook and Android phone but wish they could play the latest games? Thanks to the cloud, they can.

Last week, we announced that the Outriders demo would launch on GeForce NOW later this month. Paired with last month’s announcement of a technical partnership, it means PC gamers, GeForce RTX users and GFN members will get the best possible experience.

Control with RTX ON on GeForce NOW

The GeForce NOW library already supports some of the best examples of RTX ON available in gaming. Here are six amazing games that you can play in unprecedented graphical glory across all of your devices, right now:

  • A landmark PC game, Cyberpunk 2077 presents the vibrant future metropolis of Night City with the power of RTX. Tech inside: ray-traced reflections, ambient occlusion, shadows, diffuse illumination, global illumination and DLSS.
  • Control, a former Game of the Year winner, is another landmark title for ray tracing. Explore other dimensions within the mysterious “Oldest House” with RTX. Tech inside: ray-traced reflections, contact shadows, indirect diffuse lighting and DLSS.
  • The blockbuster title Watch Dogs: Legion with GeForce RTX showcases near-future London in all of its glory. Tech inside: ray-traced reflections and DLSS.
  • A multiple Game of the Year nominee, Metro Exodus immerses gamers in a stark and frightening post-apocalyptic world, brought to life in stunning realism. Tech inside: ray-traced ambient occlusion, diffuse global illumination, emissive lighting and DLSS.
  • For binge players of the six Tomb Raider games on GeForce NOW, keep an eye out for the incredible RTX visuals in Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition. Relive Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider with game-changing RTX technologies. Tech inside: ray-traced shadows and DLSS.
  • Ray tracing has landed in Deliver Us The Moon. Explore the future of space and PC graphics in an unforgettably immersive experience with GeForce RTX. Tech inside: ray-traced shadows, reflections and DLSS.

These RTX ON favorites deserve to be played if they’re sitting in your backlog, and GeForce NOW Founders members can play them with real-time ray tracing across any of their supported devices.

And with GeForce NOW, there’s always more.

Our friends at Cloud Gaming Xtreme take a look at even more of the RTX-enabled games on GeForce NOW.

Let’s Play Today

No GFN Thursday is complete without new additions to the GeForce NOW Library. Here are a few highlights, and check out the full list below.

Everspace on GeForce NOW

Everspace (Steam)

Everspace combines fast-paced combat with roguelike elements, great visuals and a captivating story. It takes gamers on a challenging journey through an ever-changing, beautifully crafted universe full of surprises. Shoot, craft and loot your way to victory while the odds are stacked against you.

Legend of Heroes In The Sky: Trials of Cold Steel III on GeForce NOW

Legend of Heroes In The Sky: Trials of Cold Steel III (Steam)

Experience an epic story developed across three titles, and crafted for new and old fans alike. Also includes an interactive introduction to catch up new players to the ongoing story so anyone can dive right in to the world of Trails of Cold Steel.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole on GeForce NOW

South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Steam)

Spend your staycation exploring South Park with Cartman, Kyle, Kenny and Stan by playing through South Park: The Stick of Truth and the newly added sequel, South Park: The Fractured But Whole. From the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, both games are routinely found their way onto RPG of the Year lists.

In addition, members can look for the following:

What are you planning to play this weekend? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments below.

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Achievement Unlocked: Celebrating Year One of GeForce NOW

It’s a celebration, gamers!

One year ago to the day we launched GeForce NOW, our cloud gaming service that transforms ordinary hardware into an extraordinarily powerful GeForce gaming PC. It’s the always-on gaming rig that never needs upgrading or patching and can instantly play your library of games.

We’ve been blown away by the passion and fandom of its members. Over 175 million hours have been streamed and more than 130 million moments have been captured with NVIDIA Highlights. It is the gamers who continue to push GeForce NOW forward.

Over the past year, we onboarded hundreds of games and are now supporting more than 800 titles, including 80 of the most-played free-to-play games, from over 300 publishers. Games like Cyberpunk 2077, Control and The Medium turned RTX ON to deliver real-time ray tracing and cinematic-quality graphics.

A glimpse into year one for GeForce NOW

We added new platforms, including Chromebook, iPhone and iPad, over the past few months. Today, GeForce NOW extends to even more PCs and Macs with Chrome browser support in beta. Additionally, Mac support expands to include new Apple M1-based hardware.

GeForce NOW has grown globally as well, with more than 65 countries now supported by our own service and more being added regularly by our GeForce NOW Alliance.

New Games, New Features — That’s GFN Thursday

Mark your calendars! GFN Thursday is our ongoing commitment to bringing great PC games and service updates to members each week. Check in every Thursday to discover what’s new in the cloud, including games, exclusive features and news on GeForce NOW.

Thirty new games will join the GeForce NOW library this month, including a number of day-and-date releases. Highlights include Apex Legends Season 8, Valheim, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood and a demo for Square Enix’s highlighly anticipated Outriders game, coming to GeForce NOW on Feb. 25.

For the full list of games, including today’s GFN Thursday release, check out our latest blog.

Adding Even More Ways to Play

Switching between work and gaming is now just a Ctrl+Tab away.

Starting today, we’re adding beta support for Chrome browser on Windows PC and macOS, so members can access GeForce NOW instantly from more devices. The native applications on each platform still provide the best experience and features, but now gaming is even more convenient.

To get started, launch Chrome and head over to https://play.geforcenow.com. Then, simply log in and play.

Create desktop shortcuts by clicking on a game to open the details, and select +SHORTCUT to help launch your favorite games faster.

Members can also quickly and easily invite friends to play the same game. Click on a game to open the details, copy the URL shown in your browser, then share over social media, text or email.

Our latest client release also adds official support for Macs with the new Apple M1 chip via Rosetta 2. Apple products with the new chip will ask you to install Rosetta, if you haven’t previously, before installing the GeForce NOW app.

The Celebration Begins

All month long we’ll be celebrating GFN members with a series of rewards and giveaways. In the days ahead, Founders members can look forward to a unique offer in their inbox, while all members will have something special waiting as well.

And on social there will be weekly opportunities to win premium prizes, including Steel Series Arctis Pro wireless headphones, Razer Kishi controllers and more.

Now is the perfect time to encourage your friends to join you in the cloud by signing up for a free membership. Or upgrade to a Founders membership for priority access to gaming servers, extended session lengths and RTX ON for supported games.

GeForce NOW is available on nearly any PC, Mac, Chromebook, iPhone or iPad, and Android devices including NVIDIA SHIELD TV.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get in on the fun, and subscribe to the GeForce NOW newsletter for game updates and the latest news.

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GFN Thursday — 30 Games Coming in February, 13 Available Today

Scientifically speaking, today is the best day of the week, because today is GFN Thursday. And that means more of the best PC games streaming right from the cloud across all of your devices.

This is a special GFN Thursday, too — not just because it’s the first Thursday of the month, which means learning about some of the games coming throughout February, but also because it’s GeForce NOW’s one-year anniversary. One year ago, we opened the cloud for any PC gamer whose rig needed a boost, and gave our Founders members RTX ON for supported games. Today, we offer over 800 games streaming instantly, with more on the way each week.

For now, let’s get into the best part of GFN Thursday: new games.

Let’s Play Today

The complete list of games joining GeForce NOW this week can be found below, but here are a few highlights:

Apex Legends Season 8 Mayhem on GeForce NOW

Apex Legends Season 8 (Origin and Steam)

Time to bring the boom in Season 8 – Mayhem. Meet a new Legend, Fuse, who doesn’t lack confidence, but often lacks a plan. He’s a blow-up-first ask-questions-later kinda guy.

Valheim on GeForce NOW

Valheim (day-and-date release on Steam)

A brutal exploration and survival game for 1-10 players, set in a procedurally generated purgatory inspired by Viking culture. Battle, build and conquer your way to a saga worthy of Odin’s patronage!

Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood on GeForce NOW

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood (day-and-date release on Epic Games Store)

A unique experience full of savage combat and mystical adventures. You are Cahal, a powerful Garou who can transform into a wolf and a Crinos, a huge ferocious beast. Master your three forms and their powers to punish those who defile Gaia.

In addition to these highlights, members can look for the following:

  • Blue Fire (Steam)
  • Code2040 (Day-and-date release on Steam)
  • Curious Expedition 2 (Steam)
  • Magicka 2 (Steam)
  • Might & Magic Heroes V: Tribes of the East (Steam)
  • Mini Ninjas (Steam)
  • Order of Battle: World War II (Free to play on Steam)
  • Path of Wuxia (English language release on Steam)
  • Secret World Legends (Free to play on Steam)
  • Warhammer 40,000 Gladius Relics of War (Epic Games Store)

Looking Ahead to the Rest of February

Beyond this week, members can start getting excited about the following games:

Outriders Demo (day-and-date release on Steam)

Square Enix and People Can Fly present OUTRIDERS, a 1-3 player, drop-in-drop-out co-op shooter set in an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe.

And here are even more titles joining GeForce NOW in February:

  • Art of Rally (Steam, Epic Games Store)
  • Darkest Hour: A Hearts of Iron Game (Steam)
  • Day of Infamy (Steam)
  • Everspace (Steam)
  • Farm Manager 2018 (Steam)
  • Farmer’s Dynasty (Steam)
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (Steam)
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Steam)
  • Lumberjack’s Dynasty (Steam)
  • Observer: System Redux (Steam)
  • Project Highrise (Steam)
  • Rise of Industry (Steam)
  • Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 (Steam)
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Steam)
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (Steam)
  • Thea 2: The Shattering (Steam)

In Case You Missed It

In addition to the games we shared on the GeForce Forums, we had some surprise additions in January, including:

That’s a whole lotta gaming. What will you play in February? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments below.

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New Games, New Features — That’s GFN Thursday

We love PC games. The newest titles and the greatest classics. FPS, RPG, grand strategy, squad-based tactics, single-player, multiplayer, MMO — you name it, we love it.

There are more than 800 games on GeForce NOW — including 80 of the biggest free-to-play games — streaming straight from the cloud. And thanks to the explosive growth of PC gaming in recent years, there are more games to play than ever.

Fun fact: those games often launch on Thursdays, right alongside our client and backend updates. That makes Thursday our favorite day of the week. So let’s formalize it, right?

This is GFN Thursday — our weekly celebration of the newest games, features and news, streaming from the cloud to you.

This week’s a doozy, too. But before we get into the games, let’s set the stage and answer a few questions.

What is GFN Thursday?

GFN Thursday is our ongoing commitment to bringing great PC games and service updates to our members each week. Come back every Thursday to discover what’s new in the cloud, including games, exclusive features, and news on GeForce NOW.

Why Thursdays?

Because Mondays are boring? Seriously, over the course of the past year, many of our most played games either launched or released major season updates on Thursdays — and we aim to support these launches as soon after their release as possible.

Many of the top free-to-play games, from Fortnite to Apex Legends, Destiny 2 and more, also release major season updates for Thursdays. We’re committed to supporting each new content release the moment it’s available, with updates rolling out to members across all our data centers, in all of our regions as quickly as possible.

Our members love to learn what’s coming each week to the GeForce NOW library and plan their gaming for the weekend. We do, too. With GFN Thursday updates every week, you’ll always know what’s ready to play across your devices, even if you’re away from your gaming rig.

What if I want to know what games are coming in the future?

Okay, then the first GFN Thursday of each month is for you. That’s when we’ll share the games we anticipate adding to GeForce NOW throughout that month.

This list may not be every game that releases in a month, however. Things move fast, and we know there will be surprises. In January alone, we shared 23 games coming to GeForce NOW, with HITMAN 3 and Everspace 2 being late-breaking additions we were also able to welcome this month.

Games will continue to be added every week, but that first GFN Thursday of the month will give you a glimpse at what to expect. That way you can shop with confidence, knowing what’s to come.

Okay, so what’s happening this GFN Thursday?

Finally, let’s get to the good stuff. The complete list of games joining GeForce NOW this week can be found below, but here are a few highlights:

The Medium on GeForce NOW

The Medium (Steam & Epic Games Store)

Founders can play with RTX ON and discover a dark mystery only a medium can solve. Travel to an abandoned communist resort and use your psychic abilities to uncover its deeply disturbing secrets, solve dual-reality puzzles, survive encounters with sinister spirits and explore two realities at the same time.

Immortals Fenyx Rising Demo on GeForce NOW

Immortals Fenyx Rising Demo (Ubisoft Connect & Epic Games Store)

In this free demo from Ubisoft, play as Fenyx, a new winged demigod, on a quest to save the Greek gods and their home from a dark curse. Take on mythological beasts, master the legendary powers of the gods and defeat Typhon, the deadliest Titan in Greek mythology, in an epic fight for the ages.

Members with the full game and Season Pass can also play the new Immortals Fenyx Rising DLC, A New God, on Jan. 28.

Dyson Sphere Program on GeForce NOW

Dyson Sphere Program (Steam)

Build the most efficient intergalactic factory in this space simulation strategy game. Harness the power of stars, collect resources, plan and design production lines and develop your interstellar factory from a small space workshop to a galaxy-wide industrial empire.

Here’s the full list for Jan. 28. What are you looking forward to playing? Let us know below.

We’ll see you next week for a very exciting one-year anniversary edition of GFN Thursday!

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On the Road Again: GeForce NOW Alliance Expanding to Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Australia

Bringing more games to more gamers, our GeForce NOW game-streaming service is coming soon to Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Turkcell, Zain KSA and Pentanet are the latest telcos to join the GeForce NOW Alliance.

By placing NVIDIA RTX Servers on the edge, GeForce NOW Alliance partners deliver even lower latency gaming experiences. And this gives partners an opportunity to show the value of their broadband and 5G infrastructure to customers.

Gamers get more games, in more places, faster.

Ericsson recently published their 2020 mobility report, noting, “5G population coverage

is estimated to reach 15 percent, equivalent to over 1 billion people.”

Meanwhile, DFC Intelligence reports, “there are now over 3 billion video game consumers around the world.”

Cloud gaming is at the intersection of these two trends.

GeForce NOW is the world’s leading cloud-gaming platform for PC gamers, offering hundreds of games from NVIDIA’s own data centers in North America and Europe.

The service brings real-time ray tracing to today’s biggest blockbusters to underpowered PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, Android and iOS devices.

It also offers an opportunity for the world’s leading telecommunications firms to deliver high-quality, low-latency PC gaming to nearly any device from the cloud. These partners form the GeForce NOW Alliance, a partnership of operators using RTX Servers and NVIDIA cloud-gaming software to expand and improve cloud gaming globally.

It’s our commitment to deliver the best cloud-gaming experience around the world.

GeForce NOW Alliance Grows, Again

The newest GeForce NOW Alliance members join a growing group of telecommunications experts that includes Softbank, KDDI, LG Uplus, Taiwan Mobile and GFN.RU.

Bringing cloud gaming to Turkey, in collaboration with their new gaming platform, Turkcell recently announced GeForce NOW Powered by GAMEPLUS. Gamers who want to get a leg up can visit the GAME+ page to pre-register.

Zain KSA, the leading 5G telecom operator in Saudi Arabia, is nearing a formal launch of its GeForce NOW service. The launch will bring GeForce NOW into the country for the first time.

Founded by a group of avid gamers, Pentanet has built Perth, Australia’s largest and fastest-growing fixed wireless network, delivering high-bandwidth internet services to the Perth metro area as well as fiber throughout Western Australia.

Australian gamers can look forward to PC gaming on nearly any device later this year.

Stay tuned as we work with additional partners to bring cloud gaming to new regions throughout 2021 and beyond.

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GeForce NOW Delivers Instant Gaming Gratification That Was Years in the Making

When you work at NVIDIA, cutting back on the video games just isn’t an option. But despite having two kids, two dogs and a wife, Andrew Fear is playing as often as ever.

Blame GeForce NOW for giving him instant access to his favorite PC games, wherever he goes.

Downloading Games Becoming a Distant Memory

“You can turn on your device in seconds — no driver updates, no need to keep games up to date — I don’t have to do anything,” says the senior product manager, one of a team of NVIDIANs who have been building the just-launched game-streaming service. “I just click a button and 30 seconds later I’m playing Batman: Arkham City.”

But building a game-streaming service that lets gamers immerse themselves in cutting-edge PC games from their big-screen TV or tablet, in an instant, has taken years of effort.

It’s a project that began more than half a decade ago with ideas from one of our key software architects for upping the responsiveness of games hosted on remote servers.

Get action-packed games, without delay.
Get action-packed games, without delay.

From Silicon to Software

To speed things further, we then added special hardware encoders to our Kepler architecture-based GPUs and Tegra processors, so that they could encode and decode video streams at record speed.

An idea that began on a whiteboard — and was later baked into silicon — quickly became a cross-disciplinary effort involving scores of NVIDIANs.

Talk to Phil Eisler, our GeForce NOW general manager. He can name NVIDIANs working on everything from semiconductor design, to server uptime, to software engineers who have made key contributions.

The result: A platform that relies on innovations in fields as diverse as semiconductor design, server software, client software, and uptime management and monitoring that’s poised to capture new developments in each of these areas.

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GeForce NOW comes with more than just a full shelf of games for members. It’s powered by a full complement of innovative technologies.

Game Consoles Will Be Obsolete in 2 to 3 Years

Console gamers only get new gear every 8-10 years, Eisler explains, with consoles becoming obsolete after 2-3 years. With, GeForce NOW we’ll be able introduce new graphics technology into the cloud as soon as it’s ready.

To be sure, building a great experience meant solving the problem of click-to-photon latency. That’s the time that passes between the moment a gamer presses a button and the result seen on the screen.

This is where the benefits of building an end-to-end system come into play. We built everything from the controller to the server hardware to the GPU inside SHIELD. So we can shave milliseconds in many places.

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GeForce NOW lets you jump into a huge variety of games, without the need to worry if the hardware powering your games will soon be obsolete.

1080p60 Mode Doubles Frame Rates

Another advantage: services like Netflix Ultra HD have created demand for faster broadband services of 25 Mbps or more. We’ve introduced GeForce NOW 1080p60 mode that takes advantage of these faster networks to deliver an incredible gaming experience.

And we’ve cut latency to about 150 milliseconds — half the time it takes to blink. So it looks and feels like you’re playing the game on a supercomputer just a few feet away.

We know this because over the past nine months 100,000 people have tested our GeForce NOW server in 180 countries. We’ve streamed more than 600,000 hours of gaming during that test during 2 million gaming sessions.

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Bounce from one popular game to another, without ever having to fumble with an optical disc or wait through a download again.

AAA Games and a Free Trial

The result: A $7.99 a month service that includes 50 popular PC games, and the ability to purchase big triple-A releases — and dive right in. It’s the perfect complement to the SHIELD console we introduced in May — with its 256-core GPU.

It’s a combination that means even the busiest gamers — like Andrew Fear — will be able to find their way back to the PC games they love.

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