GeForce NOW

6 Things I want out of GeForce NOW in 2023

As a gamer and fan of GeForce Now, there are several things I am hoping to see from the platform in 2023. From improved compatibility with games to new features that enhance the overall experience.  

Game announcements in advance 

First and foremost, announcing games ahead of time generates excitement for gamers. Knowing that a highly anticipated game is coming to the platform in the near future can create a sense of anticipation and hype among the user base, which can ultimately lead to increased engagement and retention. This is especially important in the current gaming landscape, where there are many options for gamers and competition for their attention is high. 

Darktide was announced months ahead of time

Announcing games ahead of time can also be useful for planning purposes. By knowing what games will be coming to the platform in the future, gamers can decide whether they want to purchase them ahead of time or wait for them to be available on GeForce Now. This can be particularly useful for those who have a limited budget, as they can prioritize their game purchases based on when they will be able to access them on the platform. 

More vanity games 

It would be great to see more vanity games on GeForce Now, as they can draw people to try out GFN. Vanity games are often high profile titles that may not have as many concurrent players as some other popular games, but they can still be highly enjoyable and memorable for those who play them. An example of this is High on Life it is widely talked about, but the overall numbers of players is a lot lower than you think. The game had a total concurrent users at 12k while some of the unknown games that make their way onto GeForce NOW like Warm Snow had over 40k.  Vanity vs Sanity!   

It’s great to see major game publishers like 2K and EA joining GeForce Now, as it expands the range of options available to users on the platform. With these publishers on board, there is the potential to bring a wider range of games to the platform, including more of the higher profile titles like Bioshock, FIFA, Red Dead Redemption, Dead Space and yes GTA 5! 

Epic Store synchronization 

It would be great to see Epic Game library syncing on GeForce Now, as it would provide a seamless and convenient way for users to access their games on the platform. With Epic Game library syncing, users could easily sync their game libraries as we know everyone has a large number of games on Epic because of the free giveaways! 

Official Steam Deck App 

It would be fantastic to have a GFN app on the Steam store that supports Steam Deck. The combination of these two would be a great convenience for users, and having an official app that supports it could encourage more people to join. It would also be beneficial to have the option to play modern games on GFN through Steam Deck, as it would make it easier for me (and others) to stay in a consistent environment without needing to switch to desktop mode.

 

Reworking of free tier 

There are a number of reasons why the GeForce NOW free tier may need to be reworked in order to give a more accurate reflection of the service. 

One issue with the current free tier is that it can be off-putting to some users due to the long queues that are often present. These queues can be frustrating for users and may lead them to conclude that the service is not worth the wait, even if they are eventually able to access it. This can be particularly problematic for those who are trying the service for the first time and may not be familiar with the queue system. 

Another issue with the free tier is that it may not provide the same level of performance as the other tiers. This can be a concern for users who are looking to use the service for more demanding games or those who simply want the best possible gaming experience. The performance gap between the free tier and the other tiers may lead some users to conclude that the service is not worth the investment, even if they are interested in other aspects of it. 

40 series announcements 

It would be great to see the 40 series, and specifically the 4090, come to GeForce Now in the future. The RTX 3080 is currently the gold standard in cloud gaming and has proven to be a powerful and reliable option for many users. However, some games may now be struggling with performance on the 3080, and the introduction of the 40 series, specifically the 4090, could help to address this issue. 

There are a few reasons why it is possible that the 40 series, and specifically the 4090, may come to GeForce Now in the future. First, NVIDIA is committed not just to gaming but also to other businesses in the cloud, and the introduction of the 40 series could help to further cement their position as a leader in this space. Additionally, NVIDIA has been pushing the 40 series, particularly the 4090, as a powerful and efficient option, which could make it a valuable addition to the GeForce Now lineup. 

It’s worth considering how the introduction of the 40 series, and specifically the 4090, to GeForce Now could impact pricing and tier structures. There are a few potential options for how this could be handled. 

One possibility is that a new tier would be created specifically for the 4090, with a corresponding price increase. This would allow users who are looking for the highest level of performance and are willing to pay for it to access the new hardware. However, it’s important to consider whether this price increase would be justified, and whether it would be reasonable for users to pay more for the new hardware. 

Another possibility is that the existing tier structure could be shuffled, with the 3080 becoming the priority tier and the 4090 becoming the new top tier. This could allow users who are currently on the 3080 tier to continue accessing the same level of performance without having to pay more, while also making the new hardware available to those who are willing to pay for it. This could be a more straightforward and user-friendly approach, but it’s important to consider the potential impact on pricing and value for users on the different tiers. 

Ultimately, the decision on how to handle the introduction of the 40 series and the pricing and tier structure will depend on a variety of factors, including the performance and capabilities of the new hardware and the demand for it among users. It’s important to carefully consider these factors and find a solution that strikes a balance between providing value to users and being financially viable for the platform. 

What do you want out of GeForce NOW in 2023? Let us know in the comments. 

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