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GeForce NOW hopes to bring high-end gaming to every rig

NVIDIA wants everyone to game with a GTX 1080

NVIDIA had an amazing CES experience to share with its audience this week. One of the big surprises of the night was the launch of GeForce Now, which is coming to both Mac and PCs.

The new GeForce NOW service will let you rent a virtual GeForce GTX 1080 video-card, allowing your Mac or PC to game like one of best machines on the market. The new GeForce NOW for Mac or PC includes access to GeForce NOW through a client app that you download on your device, giving you a GeForce GTX 1080 PC gaming experience streamed from NVIDIA’s Pascal GPU-powered data centers in the cloud.

You will install your own games from game services that you probably already use (like Steam, Origin, Uplay, GOG, and Battle.net) but you won’t need top-notch hardware to enjoy the best graphics. Instead, you install these games onto a virtual gaming PC in the cloud and play them on your Mac or PC as the virtual video-card does all of the heavy-lifting for you. The design will even let you install and play free-to-play titles like League of Legends, right through the app. Now you can stream games as they run on a computer far, far away from you, and we are pretty excited to try it out ourselves.

GeForce Experience is also getting a lot more social. The app will add support for Facebook, similar to what Blizzard did for Overwatch, but with all of your games. Players will be able to broadcast live to Facebook and upload screenshots and recordings directly to your Timeline. This will be done through Facebook Live, and you can hit “Alt+Z” to bring up the GeForce Experience overlay and go live in just moments. Friends will be able to watch your gameplay, as well as react and comment while you’re broadcasting. You can also add in your webcam and microphone. After broadcasting, your video will also be available for friends to watch on your Timeline.

NVIDIA also introduced the first G-SYNC High Dynamic Range (HDR) PC gaming monitors, featuring 4K panels running at 144Hz. The company had these first 4K (3840 x 2160), 144Hz, G-SYNC HDR gaming monitors on hand, showing off two models. The models shown were the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ and Acer Predator XB272-HDR. More information on those models will be announced at a later date, but the addition of 144Hz at 4K resolution should be great news to anyone that likes games like “CS:GO” and “Overwatch”. The company also announced a new 4K HDR capable NVIDIA Shield. The device will offer built-in Google Voice Search, and the 16GB version will start at $199.