While NVIDIA‘s GeForce Now cloud game streaming service has been around for a few years, Singapore didn’t get its first taste of it until mid-2021, thanks to StarHub. It is Southeast Asia’s first telco to have dedicated RTX servers in data centres to deliver high-quality gameplay (more precisely, streaming) to almost any device or display at up to 1080p resolution and 60 FPS. StarHub has even established the GameHub+ portal, a dedicated platform for gamers to sign up for the service, and now offers a variety of subscription plans ranging from daily to monthly to yearly.
Along with a slew of industry updates, including bringing the power of the GeForce RTX 40 Series to a wide range of laptops, an equally exciting announcement at CES 2023 is that GeForce Now will be the Ultimate membership level, with access to a GeForce RTX 4080-class gaming rig at your fingertips and the ability to game on almost any device. NVIDIA is upgrading select data centres to equip them with RTX 4080 SuperPODs, which are supercomputing server racks with the power of RTX 4080 GPUs but in the cloud.
Customers with the Ultimate Tier membership can instantly receive three major streaming gameplay upgrades. First, if you have the necessary hardware, such as displays and input devices, the RTX 4080 SuperPODs can potentially stream up to 240 frames per second to NVIDIA Reflex 240Hz mode, delivering the lowest latency gameplay ever over the cloud. Here is a sample of the experience available if you are a demanding gamer:
Second, the new Ultimate membership level allows you to stream and play games at up to 4K resolution at 120 Hz, an improvement over the previous standard of 1080p60 on GeForce Now. Finally, cloud gamers can now stream ultra-wide solutions to their displays.
What happened to the membership level GeForce Now RTX 3080?
NVIDIA introduced the RTX 3080 membership level about a year ago, which could handle game streaming quality up to 1440p resolution at 120Hz, and it was even extended to 4K60 resolution via Shield TV. Because NVIDIA charges the same price, all existing RTX 3080 memberships have been upgraded to the Ultimate tier since the launch of the Ultimate tier. If you already have an RTX 3080 GeForce Now membership, you definitely get more for less.
What is the cost of the Ultimate membership level?
Monthly fees are € 19.99. For $9.99 per month, their Priority tier provides 1080p60 and RTX-quality game streaming.
There is no news of a “Ultimate” equivalent in Singapore because the data centres will need to be upgraded to support it. StarHub’s current GameHub+ subscriptions are roughly equivalent to the Priority tier in the United States. StarHub is currently in discussions with NVIDIA, and we will update the story as soon as local availability becomes available.
Which regions are currently served by the Ultimate Membership tier?
The ultimate membership is now available in the United States and Europe, with “RTX 3080 Ready” server availability and access.
Access to GeForce RTX 4080-class gaming through GeForce Now will automatically be available to all Ultimate members when their respective regions’ GeForce Now servers are upgraded sometime in 2023.
NVIDIA has a list of requirements to run GeForce Now on MacOS, PC, Android, Shield TV, Chromebook and supporting Samsung TVs. Most importantly, you not only have access to purchase the necessary GeForce Now subscription, but also need uninterrupted Internet speeds of this class to meet the respective game streaming quality levels:-