After NVIDIA’s streaming game service made a sensational entrance a few weeks ago, the news was dominated by games, developers and publishers abruptly withdraw from service. GeForce NOW is trying to reverse this trend with a new weekly launch system, announcing new games which are now instantly playable on the service.
The first batch includes eight new titles, highlighted by Control, the popular third-person science fiction action game from Remedy Entertainment. The exclusive Epic Games Store also offers RTX functionality improving NVIDIA graphics for subscribers of the more expensive level of the founders GeForce NOW.
NVIDIA hopes to announce new streaming titles every Thursday. Here is the first batch:
Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad
Jagged Alliance 2 – Wildfire
Unlike other streaming services, players do not need to purchase the games individually and you do not receive free games with subscription fees on GeForce NOW. Players connect accounts to existing PC game stores such as Steam and Epic, and the supported games they have already purchased become available.
This is an encouraging change for NVIDIA, but it does not make up for the dozens of high-level games that suddenly lost their availability when publishers like Activision-Blizzard, 2K Games and Bethesda have withdrawn. Players have not escaped the fact that the hottest new PC version, DOOM Eternal, is not available on GeForce NOW – even Stadia has one.
It seems that, like streaming television and movie services, streaming game services will continue to fight to create compelling libraries and attract exclusive titles. Weekly additions can only help GeForce NOW. If you want to check it, there is a free weekend going on right now.