Nvidia has announced it will bring the GeForce NOW streaming platform to Android.
Since Nvidia launched the GeForce NOW public beta, the company has been focused on developing the best cloud gaming service. And while the service is launching out of beta in the coming months for gamers eager to play from the cloud, Nvidia is also closing in on a couple major milestones.
First, the company is beginning the rollout of GeForce RTX graphics performance to its GFN network, starting today with Nvidia's Frankfurt, Germany, data center. Also, Nvidia is extending GeForce NOW to more screens with Android mobile, available later this year.
Nvidia's initial partners, Softbank and LG U+, are bringing GeForce NOW to Japan and Korea.
Just like on PC, Mac and SHIELD TV, when the Android mobile app releases it’ll be in beta. To take full advantage of the mobile experience, Nvidia is recommending gaming with a Bluetooth gamepad, such as SHIELD controller, Razer Raiju Mobile, Steelseries Stratus Duo or Glap Gamepad (in Korea), as some games will be unplayable on an Android phone without a gamepad.
The service connects to digital game stores, allowing gamers to bring their game libraries with them. That includes new releases and hit titles like Control (coming soon), Fallout 76, Fortnite, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Wolfenstein: Youngblood and World of Tanks. So you can play the games you already own across all your devices — PC, Mac and SHIELD — with more platforms coming later this year.
Since games are purchased from popular digital stores, gamers still can download and play their games locally. So, a second purchase isn’t needed to play them in the cloud with GeForce NOW. This also means that developers don’t need to spend cycles porting their games to a new platform, nor is there a new business model being introduced to publishers.
The company is also beginning to rollout RTX Servers. Starting today, gamers in Northern California and Germany will be the first to take advantage of GeForce RTX performance. Over time, Nvidia plans to expand to its data centers throughout North America and Europe, enabling next-generation gaming in the cloud.