NVIDIA released its GeForce Now app on compatible LG TVs this winter. In this way, users with a subscription to this service will be able to enjoy a large list of games to be streamed. However, the service comes with limitations, as the maximum resolution will be 1080p.
This was confirmed by Phil Eisler, general manager of the cloud gaming division of GeForce Now. And everything indicates that this will continue to be the case for at least the first half of 2022, offering its 4K and HDR service exclusively for its NVIDIA Shield.
1080p limit, at least in this first half of 2022
GeForce Now’s use was limited exclusively to PCs, and it has gradually spread to mobile devices, now continuing to TVs through its app. Currently, it is possible to access the service on LG televisions with webOS 6.0, but also on the next Samsung models from 2022, thanks to its new ‘Gaming Hub’. However, the company intends to expand its use to more TVs. Regarding its 1080p limitation, Eisler refers to the processor of each model.
“TVs use different chips with different levels of performance to decode our 60fps streams, so our focus is on 1080p first. We rolled it out first at LG in December and on Samsung models during the first half of 2022. We will increase resolution in the second half of 2022 as we continue to optimize decoding in applications. ”
To take advantage of GeForce Now, you must be subscribed to one of its plans, which we detail here:
Free subscription: access to the standard platform and up to one hour of play per session.
Priority: Premium platform, priority access to servers, session up to six hours and up to 1080p and 60fps. (49.99 euros every six months or 9.99 euros per month).
RTX 3080: Premium platform, access to servers with RTX 3080, sessions up to eight hours and up to 1440p and 120fps of performance. (99.99 euros every six months).
At CES 2022, NVIDIA clarified that it expects its streaming service to reach 100 million subscribers by 2024, a figure which, while ambitious, is not exaggerated, especially given its good performance. .
Google Stadia app allows up to 4K
The situation is very different on Google’s side, as its Stadia app will run in 4K resolution on LG and Samsung TVs, as the company confirmed to The Verge.
While Stadia is now available on compatible LG TVs, the app will arrive on Samsung TVs this spring when its new 2022 line hits the market.