Nvidia GeForce Now could appear on more devices in the future if there is enough interest from gamers, including Nintendo Switch.
In an upcoming interview with TechRadar Gaming, GeForce Now Vice President and General Manager Phil Eisler didn’t rule out the possibility of the game streaming service coming to other platforms in the future, but it all depends on demand.
“Based on member requests, we began supporting Smart TVs in December 2021, starting with the latest LG TV models,” Eisler said. “At CES in January, we announced we were working with Samsung to bring GeForce Now to its smart TVs by adding the service to the Samsung Gaming Hub. We continue to evaluate other devices that our members are interested in.”
We’ve seen Nintendo lean more towards cloud gaming lately to bring more graphically intensive titles like A Plague Tale: Innocence, Hitman 3 and Kingdom Hearts to the console. With a Nintendo Switch 2 or Switch Pro model still nothing but a rumor, cloud gaming can bring titles to the platform that may not run on Switch’s hardware.
However, Nintendo’s current cloud streaming solution isn’t the best. As analyzed by Digital Foundryit’s often prone to pixelation, tops out at 720p resolution, and is capped at 30 fps.
The top tier of Nvidia GeForce Now uses an RTX 3080, which is far more powerful than the Nintendo Switch and could offer a far more attractive alternative than the current solution Nintendo has opted for.
We’d love to see it, but don’t get too excited
However, since Nvidia GeForce Now lets you play your Steam library, it won’t be the easiest sale for Nintendo. The way cloud gaming works on Switch still requires a user to pay the usual purchase price for a game. So unless there’s a way Nintendo can take a chunk of the revenue, we wouldn’t be surprised if GeForce Now doesn’t arrive at all.
Still, Nvidia and Nintendo have an existing relationship that should at least keep the door open. Powered by a custom Nvidia Tegra X1 processor, the Switch is the only console on the market that hasn’t opted for Nvidia’s rival AMD. Should we see a more powerful Switch in the future, Nintendo will likely opt to partner with Nvidia again, especially if it plans to make the console’s successor backwards compatible.
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