Bethesda Softworks has also pulled its games from GeForce NOW

    
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It would appear that the GeForce Now games streaming service has lost another big publisher’s support. A very brief post on the GeForce Now forums has announced that Bethesda Softworks’ games will also be removed from the service, including Fallout 76 as well as other big titles like Skyrim and Doom.

Readers will recall that this is the second major publisher to elect to remove its titles from GeForce Now, with Activision-Blizzard first kicking things off and removing its games over to a “misunderstanding,” at least as explained by Nvidia. This announcement, however, has thus far come without any explanation or additional comment.

A post from the Nvidia website further explains that the decision for publishers to remain on the service is, ultimately, in their hands.

“As we approach a paid service, some publishers may choose to remove games before the trial period ends. Ultimately, they maintain control over their content and decide whether the game you purchase includes streaming on GeForce Now. Meanwhile, others will bring games back as they continue to realize GeForce Now’s value (stay tuned for more on that).”

The post promises that new games will be added to GeForce Now every week. In the meantime, the service still has other large-name publishers in its lineup such as Ubisoft, 2K Games, Sega, Warner Bros., and Codemasters.

sources: Nvidia forums and Nvidia official site via Polygon. Thanks, Sray!
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starbuck1771

Sounds like GeForce Now is going the same way as the Steam Machine.

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Yangers

Do I need the publishers permission to rent a PC and remote stream a game I own, over the internet,to a device I also own?

I don’t think so.

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Mewmew

On no, they lost Fallout 76, what shall they ever do.

Seriously it’s still a bit early for these streaming game services to work. Too many people feel this is going to be a big thing in the future and various companies are worried about getting there first. They’re pushing it too early, before the public and the infrastructure is ready for this.

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Robert Mann

Instead, the games are on sale on Gog.com now.

As an aside, streaming like this won’t really take off on computers… I expect it to become very mobile-oriented. Simply put, as 5g comes out it will be relatively feasible on mobile to do this stuff. That’s where the money will be effective here.

I do not foresee this replacing desktops, but rather used for the people who want to have some control setup with a phone. It’s the only way it actually makes sense.

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Adam Russell

All about the Benjamins

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Giggilybits

I bought a Nvidia game shield for streaming and playing the odd computer game from my couch with a controller. But I have to say the service is not that great. First WIFI is bad even on 5ghz. They recommend you hook up right to your modem. I have this in my living room so that’s not going to happen. Second most games still require you to use mouse and a controller. That’s what my computer is for. I will say the odd time that it did work well Id play Paladins on my daughters 300 dollar computer it pretty impressive not needing the hardware.

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Armsbend

I started reading reviews with your same concerns and asked myself why I’d spend any money on sub-par performance. So I didn’t – even when they were trying to give the thing away.

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Ðårqµøñ

You have to make sure that you have a WiFi router with at least ac standard.
Only then you will be able to have decent speeds on WiFi.
If your router is in your living room you should be fine if not it all depends on your walls. Drywall will let your signal through almost lossless while reinforced concrete can completely block it. Even on LAN some people still use ancient cat standards on cables or routers/network cards with 100Mbit/s ports which will put through way less then said 100Mbit/s. On WiFi you will want at least stable 50Mbit/s actual throughput to game- and moviestream in 4K.
I have both the ac router with (theoretical) 1300Mbit/s and the shield in my living room and and stream games and movies to my Shield in 4k just fine. When I take the Shield to the next room it allready starts resolution scaling, thats through a 20cm brick wall and an MDF door. I am using a simple FritzBox for a router though and it has integrated antennas. More expensive gaming or professional routers with external antennas and higher signal strength will help out with that while consuming more power of course.

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Armsbend

I’m sure this was just another giant mis-understanding.

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rafael12104

Heh. Yup.
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Utakata

So it’s like that person in the movie theater who hasn’t bathed in 6 months, who assumes everyone around him or her are leaving before the movie ends because it must bad, misunderstanding? o.O

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Bryan Correll

I’ll add that to my list of reasons I don’t like going to theaters.

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traja

It looks like cloud gaming is going to go straight to where video streaming already is with all of it scattered across several subscription services. The winners of that will be the console manufacturers and traditional platforms like Steam. Because I don’t think that paying for multiple cloud gaming subscriptions simultaneously is going to be a big hit.

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Ðårqµøñ

This is truly sad to be honest.
I have an Nvidia Shield TV and a second Fallout 76 account that I bought for 8€ and use for stashing since I dont want to pay for Fallout 1st.
I was able to log the second account on my tv and keep it logged in since the Shield Tv only consumes like 20 watts while streaming games.
Now i have to use my older pc for stuff like this. The problem here is the pc with an 980Ti easily eats 350-400 watts while running Fallout 76.
So now I will boot it up, mule my stuff and shut it down again.
Also Gforce Now streams flawless to my tv over my 100Mbit DSL in germany.
Google Stadia is way less consistent.
I hope they will cut a deal with Bethesda and add their games again in the future.
The Shiled Tv and Gforce Now are also great fun when your in a hotel with a flatscreen and good WiFi.

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traja

You can use the 3D settings in your Nvidia control panel to limit the games fps to some very low number. That way your GPU will be using basically idle power. Even more effective if you run a low resolution as well. It’s a good idea with any game that you want to idle. Like Black Desert.

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Ðårqµøñ

While true and in case of Black Desert indeed very useful i presume, the computer will still consume ten times the power compared to the shield. So it’s still a big letdown.

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Ironwu

Stadia is great for game companies but stinks for customers. GFN is great for customers, but stinks for companies.

If cloud based gaming is to go forward and thrive, some middle ground on monetization needs to be found, I think.

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Ðårqµøñ

Absolutely true, the good thing about GeForce Now is that I can play/stream games I allready own on Steam for example. I really don’t want to buy all the games I feel an itch to play on any streaming platform all over again just to be able to play them when I’m roaming.
Still its easy to see how and why Nvidia is pulling this off, first of all they want to promote their streaming service but looking back I invested alot of money in their graphics cards and will most likely continue to do so in the future. So to me as an Nvidia user GeForce Now has alot of convenience to it.

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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

Agreed. Google completely screwed the pooch with the launch of Stadia and continue to do so. Destiny 2 is being pulled from Founders who haven’t resubbed, even the base game which is supposed to be free to play. Sale prices are only available to Pro subscribers. The glacial pace of adding games. It’s like they’re actually trying to kill the platform.

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rafael12104

Yup. It is a debacle. A complete shitshow.

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Jack Pipsam

I’m curious what the model for XCloud is going to be, I’ve always just assumed it’ll play whatever games are in your Xbox digital library with perhaps just a flat streaming-fee attached on top.

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The Weeb formerly known as Sray

That’s about what I thought too. I also assume they’ll have an expansion of the game pass that includes streaming as well.

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It would be the perfect combo, together it’ll be the closest actual thing to the “Netflix for games” badge. My understanding of XCloud is that everything is done on Microsoft’s end, so that the developers don’t need to actually do anything as any Xbox game should ‘just work’. I wonder then if it’ll be a case of at some point suddenly every game on the Xbox One/Series X (including those in the backwards compatibility programs) would suddenly just become streamable, but that also seems like an extremely unfeasible thing potentially to host every possible game on their servers globally, just on the off-chance someone wants to stream Sam & Max Save the World from the 360. I guess that’s Microsoft’s challenge to figure out.
Or if publishers can opt-in out, if they get a cut from the streaming side or simply the purchasing side etc.
Hypothetically Microsoft has every advantage over Stadia, just a case of pulling it off, I know it’s currently in the testing phase on mobile.

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Ironwu

Trouble with this is that even Netflix is starting to fail hard as it relates to OTHER studios films. All they really have left now is old (and soon to expire) contracts, third rate junk, and their own stuff. I have dumped my Netflix sub as they just don’t have ENOUGH quality content to justify a continuing expenditure.

Just my 2c on it.

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Mordyjuice

Odd 75% of everything I watch is on Netflix, and that’s a conservative estimate.

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rafael12104

True. But there was a time when it was only Netflix. Now I have Disney Plus and Amazon Video which I watch on occasion too. Hmm.

It is getting interesting.

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rafael12104

MS does have an advantage and deep pockets. And, we know that they will not follow Stadia’s sub but you still have to buy scheme. Lol. (what is Google thinking?).

So, here is my speculation. MS XCloud will feature certain games. The library will be big and obviously new games will be at the top. But in order to manage things well, some games will be featured and available and others will float in and out of service. Much like Netflix handles things now.

Either way, I think MS learned some great lessons from the debacle of the Xbox One launch. They won’t make similar mistakes again and will give their audience what they want.

Goggle on the other hand… they need to learn fast or get out of the way.

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Ironwu

Well, that’s going to be the main problem. Every publisher is looking like they want to horde their little pile of games and only THEY can cloud them. Same thing is happening in the video industry. Really not good for customers, only for the companies (they think).