Why I left GeForce Now for a dusty PlayStation 4

As I sprinted, dodged, slid forward and raised the scope of my trusty sniper rifle during a frantic Destiny 2 Nightfall, something felt off.

My timing was a mess. I was missing jumps, whiffing on easy Dreg kills, and fighting with my sniper’s reticle, which stubbornly bobbed and weaved while I attempted to line up head shots.

Something was wrong all right, and I had a name for my pain: latency, a common annoyance with (although by no means exclusive to) GeForce Now, Nvidia’s popular, reasonably priced, and—up to a point—miraculously effective cloud gaming service.

Now, telling an experienced gamer that latency can be an issue is like telling most Earthlings that the sky is blue. But more casual gamers (I’m raising my hand) might not be fully aware how excessive or even marginal latency can suck the fun out of a certain class of games, particularly when it comes to cloud-gaming services like GeForce Now.

I’m also not trying to pick on GeForce Now here. On the contrary, I think it’s the best cloud-gaming service now running, and it’s the only one I’ve used on a regular basis. (I’ve dabbled in Google Stadia and PlayStation Now, and long ago, I was one of the first OnLive members.) But due to the amount of time I’ve sunk into it, GeForce Now is also the cloud-gaming service that’s caused me the most frustration—so much so that I finally resorted to bringing my dusty PlayStation 4 out of retirement. Here’s why. 

Ray-traced graphics on a middling PC

In an age of sky-high GPU prices and impossible-to-find next-gen consoles, GeForce Now (along with its competitors) has an obvious appeal. It can bring ray-traced, 1080p-quality gaming (or upscaled 4K, if you have Nvidia’s streaming Shield player) to a modest PC, or even to a tablet or phone.

The service connects to your Steam, Epic, and Ubisoft Connect libraries, so you don’t have to buy games twice. That’s a glaring flaw in Google Stadia, which does make you buy your favorite games again, although some titles are included in the $10-a-month Stadia Pro plan.

Also, the price is right: free for an hour at a time (you’ll need to log out after 60 minutes, although you can sign right back in), or $10 a month for extended gaming sessions plus RTX-powered visual bells and whistles.

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