Chipmaker Nvidia on Tuesday opened a membership for GeForce Now cloud-based game streaming service, gaining Google Stadia in a market promising high growth over the next few years.
The platform physically uses a GeForce graphics card to power PCs, Android phones and Shield TVs, letting devices play games with improved graphics.
GeForce Now, previously available in a public beta, will offer a founding edition at $ 4.99 (approximately 350 rupees) per month along with a free layer. Google Stadia offers 4K as part of a premium service costing $ 9.99 (approximately 710 rupees) per month, while the free HD version is expected to be launched this year.
Stadia has been downloaded about 593,000 times since its launch in November, according to data from the Sensor Tower website.
GeForce Now will also compete with Microsoft Project xCloud, which is likely to launch this year.
The cloud gaming market is expected to expand to $ 8 billion (around Rs. 57,000 crore) by 2025 from $ 1 billion (about Rs. 7,100 crores) in 2018, according to data from Statista.
Analyst Patrick Moorehead of Moor Insights & Strategy expects the cloud gaming market to grow significantly over the next five years, as giants such as Alphabet’s Google, Microsoft and Nvidia enter the market with acceptable experiences.
GeForce Now has over 30 free games, and users can also add previously owned games, while the premium version of Stadia is launched with 22 games.
Users who choose the Nvidia institutional edition will have access to games that support ray tracing or the ability to simulate how light rays bounce in a visual scene, making images more realistic.