NVIDIA recently announced that it will be extending its GeForce Now cloud gaming service to Android devices. The move is believed to be part of the company’s move to gain a market share and will compete directly with Google’s Stadia Connect services.
According to NVIDIA’s official blog, it seems that the company will be rolling out the service to Android devices sometime this year. Specifically, it’s starting within Germany first, seeing how it has already begun rolling out its RTX series GPUs to its GeForce Now (GFN) data centres. Outside of European country, NVIDIA’s partners, Softbank and LG U+, will apparently be responsible for rolling out the cloud gaming service in Japan and Korea, respectively.
Streaming games from a desktop PC or server directly to a mobile device isn’t a groundbreaking idea, but the medium has been rapidly picking up steam over the last few years. As evidenced by both Steam’s Remote Play and Google’s Stadia Connect cloud gaming platform.
On the subject of Google Stadia, one other reason as to why NVIDIA is keen on getting GeForce Now out and available on the Android ecosystem could be that it wants to indirectly go head-to-head with Google and its AMD GPU-powered servers.
The GeForce Now app for Android will first launch in beta, with “flagship devices from LG and Samsung” being some of the first devices that will have access to the service. At it stands, NVIDIA did not say if or when GeForce Now will be coming to Malaysia.