Nvidia also promises incredibly low latency for these dedicated RTX 3080 pods, which should beat most gaming consoles, PC gaming rigs, and competitors like Google Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud). performance. Phil Eisler, Head of GeForce Now at Nvidia, said: The RTX 3080 option will be available first to his existing GeForce Now Founder and Priority members in the US and Europe, with a 6-month membership for him for $99.99. Pre-orders start today, and service is expected to start in November in the US and in Europe in December.
Nvidia plans to release dedicated low-latency RTX 3080 game pods in the cloud by the end of 2021. GeForce Now builds Nvidia’s “most powerful gaming supercomputer ever made” to stream PC games from Steam and the Epic Games Store for Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Android TV devices. It provides access to what it describes as Pre-orders open today for select of his GeForce Now members. This is an important moment for game streaming, as computers in the cloud with modern GPUs are rarely accessible, especially those his PC gamers are currently struggling to buy in stores.
Instead, it’s on par with the Ampere GA102 chip that fits in the server. Nonetheless, Nvidia equips these servers with 8-core AMD Threadripper CPUs, 28 GB of DDR4 memory, and Gen4 SSDs. Nvidia has promised 35 teraflops of GPU power for him (close to the RTX 3090), which is about three times the Xbox Series X.
With all this hardware, Nvidia hopes to significantly improve the latency you’d expect from a game streaming service.
Stream up to 1440p resolution at 120 fps on PC and Mac, and 4K HDR resolution at 60 fps on Nvidia’s Shield TV. 4K options are initially limited to the Shield TV, as not all TV streaming devices can handle h.265 decoding. So Nvidia is launching its own Android TV first before moving to other hardware based on growing feedback. Nvidia markets it as an RTX 3080 in the cloud, but you’re not literally plugging a retail RTX 3080 card into your data center.
According to Nvidia, the RTX 3080 in the cloud should have less than 60ms latency at 120fps when playing Destiny 2. The company claims it beats the 93ms latency seen in the same game at 60fps on Xbox Series X and the 175ms latency of Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud). “Some of our competitors are still 1st gen and still stream near 200ms latency, and it still feels pretty laggy,” he says. Some titles like CS:GO and Apex Legends are even faster, with Nvidia claiming CS:GO under 50ms with his Cloud RTX 3080 solution.