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Nvidia Lets You Borrow A Virtual RTX 2080 To Play These Free Game Demos

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Cloud gaming isn’t for everyone, but it’s getting easier to determine if it’s for you as Nvidia and Google now let you try their virtual gaming PCs for free. Following Google’s recent announcement that any Stadia developer can offer an instantly accessible free trial of their game without logging into a Google account, Nvidia’s GeForce Now now also runs reduced-friction demos – starting with Chorus, Ghostrunner, Inscryption, Diplomacy is not an option and The Riftbreaker: Prologue.

Normally you need to sign in to an Nvidia account and then sign in again to a Steam, Epic Games or Ubisoft account to play any of these demos on GeForce Now, and you should be looking for one too. Now the Nvidia account is all you need. Demos automatically appear in a new row “Instant Play Free Demos” and do not require a second login.

That’s still a lot more friction than cloud gaming should optimally have, and you can only launch them from the app or web application. (There’s no way to click an ad to play a demo right away.) But it’s interesting to hear that – unlike Google – Nvidia now welcomes demos from developers who do not still have a full game on GeForce Now.

“We accept any free demo. We’re just asking if a full version of the game becomes available at a later date that our users will be able to play it on GeForce Now,” reads one of the responses I asked from Phil Eisler, VP and GM of Nvidia’s cloud gaming platform.

Eisler tells The edge that developers and publishers can submit any existing PC demo unchanged, no modification needed, which makes sense since the GFN servers are just Windows gaming PCs in the cloud. (They don’t need to be ported to Linux like Google Stadia does, although Eisler didn’t explicitly point that out.)

The downside is that, in contrast to Stadia, the demos are just demos. They don’t save your progress in the game and let you pick up where you left off if you choose to buy it later. They also don’t ask you to buy or subscribe to GFN afterwards, which some may like. Eisler says Nvidia is exploring a purchase stream and may be considering ways to move from a demo to a full game in the future.

The only thing I would caution, when testing both GeForce Now and Google Stadia, is that neither platform will show you how they are at their best when you play for free. Nvidia has confirmed that unless you have a Priority or RTX 3080 membership, these demos will launch with the company’s free range of remote computers, where you’ll get less impressive response times and may need the power of even a last-generation RTX. share 2080-class graphics card with another user.

The newer RTX 3080 tier is the most impressive cloud gaming service yet, but you’re currently looking at a $20 minimum commitment to try out those improvements.

However, if you try GeForce Now and don’t mind connecting your Steam and Epic accounts, you’ll find plenty more to try for free. It has a solid selection of completely free-to-play games, including Fortniteand you can try any (supported) game you have on the PC for an hour at a time.

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