NVIDIA GeForce NOW subscribers can access more than a dozen new games as part of the package.
The latest batch of games include new multiplayer release Hood: Outlaws and Legends, which launched just a few days ago.
Subscribers can access the multiplayer action game whether they own the Steam version or the Epic Games Store edition.
Retro gaming fans will be happy to hear that CAVE shooter DoDonPachi Resurrection has also joined the service, alongside Child of Light, MotoGP 21, Outland and Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Prophecy.
Elsewhere, it was revealed that Biomutant is also coming to the service when it launches later this month.
“Biomutant, the much anticipated post-apocalyptic, Kung-fu fable from Experiment 101 and THQ Nordic, is coming to GeForce NOW when it launches for PC (Steam) on May 25,” NVIDIA explains.
“That’s not all for Biomutant. At its release, GeForce NOW empowers gamers to take their adventure with them across nearly all devices, even on a Chromebook, Mac or mobile device.”
You can see the full list of new GeForce NOW games joining the service further down the page.
As for Hood Outlaws and Legends, the game sees four people attempt to execute the perfect heist.
“Faced with a merciless, unchecked state, rebels and rogues battle to claim their place among legends,” reads the official description.
“To win influence with an oppressed people, rival gangs compete in daring heists to hit the wealthy where it hurts. Folk hero or gold-hungry outlaw, only the best will escape with hard-earned riches.
“Two teams of 4 players compete to execute the perfect heist, in medieval environments patrolled by deadly AI guards. With the unique skills and mystical abilities of each character, moving in stealth to steal treasures unseen or dominating through loud and brutal combat.
“Blood will be spilled. Riches will be stolen. Legends will be reborn.”
The latest GFN GeForce Now releases for May…
• Hood: Outlaws and Legends (day-and-date release on Steam, Epic Games Store)
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This in turn can lead to code execution, escalation of privileges, denial of service, or information disclosure. This flaw, which has a 7.5 out of 10 CVSS vulnerability score, was found in the GPU’s installer.
Other vulnerabilities that Nvidia highlighted could also lead to Windows 10 system crashes, data corruption, information disclosure as well as denial of service and code execution attacks.
Nvidia also revealed a further eight vulnerabilities with its vGPU software, with five of these flaws ranked as 7.8 on the CVSS scale. These five bugs could lead to information disclosure, tampering of data, and denial of service.
While the other three flaws could result in integrity and confidentiality loss as well as denial of service attacks among other things.
If you’re new to PC gaming like me, then you might not be aware of NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW streaming service, which lets subscribers access and play their PC libraries on a wide selection of devices. This includes phones, tablets and browsers, as well as PC, Mac and Shield TV.
Not only does this make your PC library more portable, but the ability to play high-end games on underpowered PCs could potentially save you lots of cash.
The paid membership – which costs £8.99 a month or £89.99 a year – includes priority access to game servers, as well as extended play sessions and RTX support. This means ray-traced visuals, graphical upscaling and VSync frame-rate boosts. This is the same for Founders members who subscribed before the new Premium tier was introduced.
There’s also a free membership option, which caps play sessions at one-hour. However, you can log back in and carry on playing after the time expires.
As a Founders member (thanks to my recent acquisition of a 3060Ti), and after the introduction of the new, more expensive Premium tier, I thought now would be a good time to put GeForce NOW through its paces, and see if it’s a subscription service worth paying for.
I tested the GeForce NOW technology on a 2015 iPad with a PS4 DualShock controller, a Samsung Galaxy S8 (with a Razer Kishi attachment) and an NVIDIA Shield TV with an Xbox One game pad. Here’s what I found.
Compared to something like Stadia where you buy games directly from the Google Store, or Xbox Cloud Gaming and PlayStation Now where you pay to access hundreds of random titles, GeForce NOW’s subscription model is a little different.
On paper, it’s actually a pretty hard sell. Other than free-to-play games like Fortnite, subscribers can only access titles they already own.
The plus side, of course, is that because you already own the games, they’re presumably titles you actually want to play.
GeForce NOW’s big selling point, however, is that you can play fully optimised and upgraded versions of these titles wherever you like and on whatever device comes to hand.
If you recently picked up the PC version of Outriders, for example, then GeForce NOW lets you play the same full fat version on your mobile phone.
When launching a game that you own on Steam, GOG or Epic Games Store, you’ll need to enter your login details for that particular platform, but only for that initial session.
Because GeForce NOW works with multiple launchers, there are a few quirks here and there, but nothing that will cause you to tear your hair out in frustration.
Cyberpunk 2077 with ray tracing on (Image: CD PROJEKT)
Once your library is synced and you’ve paired a controller, the hugely impressive GeForce NOW streaming technology really starts to come into its own.
Smoother than a slab of butter wrapped in silk, the games I tested mostly performed brilliantly, and without any noticeable frame drops or input lag.
The only times I noticed any real dips in quality were during the initial few minutes of a game – grainy visuals in Art of Rally, for example – but these minor blips tended to right themselves within seconds.
Not only do games perform smoothly, but they look absolutely fantastic on every device, even on an older smartphone and tablet.
Indeed, perhaps the most impressive aspect of the whole thing is that games like Cyberpunk 2077 feature the same ray traced visuals on devices that have no right to run the game in the first place.
With ray tracing playing such a big role in the marketing of next-gen consoles like PS5 and Xbox Series X, the fact that you can enjoy this complex technology on devices that you can pick up for next to nothing is pretty incredible.
Couple this with the rock-solid frame-rates – something that consoles can’t always guarantee – and it’s easy to see why GeForce NOW is so appealing.
My biggest gripe with GeForce NOW – especially compared to console alternatives like Stadia or Xbox Cloud Gaming – is that not all PC games are designed to be played on anything other than a traditional desktop.
While GeForce Now does a pretty decent job of optimising games from device to device, you might struggle to read text on smaller devices – this is a problem I had with Outriders.
Then there are games like Loop Hero, which don’t support regular game pads, relying instead on mouse and keyboard controls. This particular set-up doesn’t really lend itself to playing on devices other than a PC, which kind of defeats the purpose.
Other games like Black Mesa feature “partial” controller support, but are designed with a mouse and keyboard in mind. After a few web searches followed by some clumsy tinkering outside of the in-game option menu, I was finally able to play the game with a controller, but it wasn’t exactly straightforward.
Needless to say, performance and visual fidelity is also reliant on a stable (and ideally speedy) internet connection, which is something you will need to consider if you’re interested in subscribing.
Fortunately, the free membership option means you can try before you buy, so you won’t be out of pocket if your connection isn’t up to the task.
Black Mesa is supported by GeForce NOW (Image: VALVE)
Despite a few rough edges, I think GeForce NOW is a pretty appealing subscription service.
While menu screens can be tweaked and new games added (which they are every Thursday), NVIDIA gets it right where it matters most.
Performance is outstanding and games look fantastic, whether you’re playing on a shoddy old phone, or streaming to your TV.
If you’re looking to make a move into PC gaming, then GeForce NOW is a viable alternative to investing in a high-end rig.
It’s also a great way to enjoy the games you already own, especially if a housemate or family member is always hogging the PC!
Speaking about Windows 10 KB5001330 cumulative update in a forum post, a NVIDIA employee said: “If you are seeing lower performance in games, check if rolling back Windows 10 Update KB5000842 solves the issue”.
Nineteen of these security issues were classed as critical, including one zero-day vulnerability that attackers had been actively exploiting.
Rolling back to a previous version of Windows 10 means PCs won’t be offered the protection that the April 2021 update brings. Since the release of the April 2021 update gamers have been talking to a wide range of forums such as Reddit, the Feedback Hub and the NVIDIA forums to report gaming issues they face.
NVIDIA GeForce NOW subscribers can access 15 new games as part of the GFN Thursday update.
This includes Far Cry 2: Fortune’s Edition, Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation, Trine: Enchanted Edition, Shio and brand new release Nigate Tale.
Outriders makes another appearance for GeForce NOW subscribers, only this time it’s the Epic Games Store Edition.
You can see the full list of brand new GFN Thursday games to stream further down the page.
As part of the latest games update, subscribers can also access a brand new reward for Spellbreak.
The Noble Oasis Outfit is available to Founders members from today, followed by Priority members on April 16. Anybody with a free membership can try to earn the reward from April 20.
“It’s first come, first served, so be sure to redeem your reward as soon as you have access!” NVIDIA explains.
“Signing up for GeForce NOW Rewards is simple. Log in to your NVIDIA GeForce NOW account, click “Update Rewards Settings” and check the box.”
In addition to the new games, GeForce NOW subscribers will also notice one or two changes to titles already available with the service.
“GeForce NOW members are getting updates to a few games this week in the form of new expansions or RTX support.
“Path of Exile, the popular free-to-play, online, action RPG is getting an expansion in Path of Exile: Ultimatum. It contains the Ultimatum challenge league, eight new Skill and Support Gems, improvements to Vaal Skills, an overhaul to past league reward systems, dozens of new items, and much more.
“Meanwhile, three games are adding RTX support with real-time, ray-traced graphics and/or NVIDIA DLSS. Mortal Shell gets the full complement of RTX support, while Medieval Dynasty and Observer System Redux get DLSS support to improve image quality while maintaining framerate.”
This week’s complete list of games includes…
• Nigate Tale (day-and-date release on Steam, April 12) – currently available for 15% off through April 18
• AO Tennis 2 (Steam)
• Beholder 2 (Steam)
• Far Cry 2: Fortune’s Edition (Epic Games Store)
• Outriders (Epic Games Store)
• Postal 4: No Regrets (Steam)
• Sheltered (Steam)
• Shio (Steam)
• Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation (Steam)
• Torchlight (Steam)
• Torchlight III (Steam)
• Trine: Enchanted Edition (Steam)
• Vigil: The Longest Night (Steam)
• Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Heart of the Forest (Steam)