Video game graphics got a huge upgrade recently with the introduction of real-time ray tracing.
Ray tracing is the holy grail of gaming graphics, simulating the physical behavior of light to bring real-time, cinematic-quality images to PC games.
But ray tracing is a very demanding technology that requires incredibly powerful graphics cards to run. Luckily there just happens to be another way to enjoy in-game ray tracing, and it’s both easy and affordable: NVIDIA GeForce NOW.
The GeForce NOW platform puts powerful gaming PC hardware within reach regardless of the actual PC hardware you have. In fact, you can use GeForce NOW on your non-PC devices, such as tablets, streaming boxes, and even your smartphone. GeForce NOW runs over 1,000 different games on cloud-based hardware and streams it to your device.
This is truly the fast track to ray tracing, giving you the power you need to compute the bouncing and reflection of light to get the most life-like graphics around. From the GeForce NOW library, you’ll find Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs: Legion, Control, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Metro Exodus, and more supporting real-time ray tracing to push their already-impressive graphics to the next level. New games are always getting added to the list as the technology gains wider adoption, and you can stay up to speed on upcoming additions like Guardians of the Galaxy by keeping up with weekly updates in GeForce NOW Thursdays.
While you can try out GeForce NOW using the free service tier, to enjoy the extreme graphical fidelity of ray tracing alongside the AI-powered super-sampling of NVIDIA’s DLSS for sharp visuals and smoother frame rates, you’ll need to opt for the GeForce NOW Priority Membership.
This upgraded plan gives you priority access to servers, so you can jump into your favorite games faster, and it provides longer play sessions. The Priority Membership costs $9.99/month, which feels like almost nothing compared to the hundreds you’d pay just for a graphics card to enable real-time ray tracing on your own PC — never mind that you can’t add an RTX graphics card to a smartphone or iPad whereas you can run GeForce NOW on those devices.
So, if you want to see what all the fuss is about and experience RTX On for high-fidelity visuals in the latest games even if you’re playing on weaker hardware, GeForce NOW is the way. And, you can keep up with all the latest updates and features coming to the platform by checking out GeForce NOW Thursdays.