The Shield is Nvidia’s Android TV gaming powerhouse, and Grid is its software soul—a streaming service that lets you play a selection of titles over the internet. Think like a Netflix for FPSes. But Grid is changing. Starting tomorrow it will launch out of beta under the new name GeForce Now, with an £7.50-per-month subscription price.
GeForce Now will launch with over 50 game titles Batman, the Lego series, and even The Witcher 3: The Hunt. The games stream at 1080p at 60-frames-per-second. Of course, that all depends on how great your internet is—as with all gaming online, hopefully your latency will be pretty good.
GeForce Now also doesn’t launch in a vacuum. Sony’s PlayStation Now offers the same kind of deal Stateside, only with way more games but at a pricier $20/£13 a month. Gamefly has a similar service as well, though that one is tied to specifically to Samsung Smart TVs. You’ll be able to sign up for GeForce Now starting tomorrow, October 1. The first three months are free, but after that you’re shackled with that £7.50 a month price.
Streaming games has always been one of those great ideas that doesn’t quite work the way you want it to, but it’s increasingly looking like something real. Although, Nvidia’s going to have to ramp up that 50-title offering if it really wants to make a splash.