- Jan 2, 2009
- 1,438 (0.33/day)
- Pittsburgh, PA
|System Name||Custom AMD Rig|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen™ 7 3800X|
|Motherboard||ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI)|
|Cooling||EVGA CLC 280mm AIO Liquid Cooler|
|Memory||G.SKILL TridentZ 32GB (8GBx4) F4-3200C16-8GTZR|
|Video Card(s)||EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA GAMING 10GB|
|Storage||250GB Samsung 970 EVO NVMe, 2TB Inland Premium NVMe, 1TB Crucial MX500 SATA, 4TB WD Blue SATA|
|Display(s)||Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx 34" UWQHD 1440p, LG 27GL650F-B UltraGear 27" 1080p 144 Hz 1ms|
|Case||NZXT H510i Matte White|
|Audio Device(s)||Kanto Audio YU2 and SUB8 Desktop Speakers and Subwoofer, Kingston HyperX Cloud Flight S|
|Power Supply||Corsair RMx Series RM750x 750W|
|Mouse||Kingston HyperX Pulsefire Dart|
|Keyboard||Kingston HyperX Alloy Origins|
|Software||Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 2004|
No, I agree with you on what you wrote, but that statement was for if GOG.com ever does close up. They don't have any legal text that says you're allowed to keep the game if the service you purchased it from goes away. If it falls back to the publisher's/developer's original EULA (which may be the case as per the "inconsistency or dispute" line mentioned above), you may be liable to their rules after. Besides, in most countries that have digital distribution (especially the US), there are government-mandated consumer laws that protect users from "shops that close up", so this is not really something to worry about and quite commendable of GOG.com.Except there is no requirement with GOG that I use their service to play the game. Once I download the game and install directly on my computer I am under no obligation to ever go back to GOG and I can keep playing. Not so with Steam, where you cannot in perpetuity ignore them.
There was non-official verbiage more than 10 years ago (I heard about it in 2009) that Steam would just release patches to all the customers who bought software to remove the dependency on the Steam client, but that was never set in stone anywhere. Valve is a 100% privately-held, unlisted company (cannot be publicly traded) that is still highly successful, so there aren't any signs they would be closing up shop any time soon to confirm this.
Anyways, on topic, Geforce Now does work well (if you're in the US with a competent ISPs & equipment, at least, in my opinion). It's extremely better than Stadia and makes perfect use of Steam's Big Picture Mode. If you don't have a gaming PC, but own a modern streaming device (like the Shield)/mid-to-high range Android phone and don't really want to spend making or upgrading a rig, this is a good alternative to a dedicated gaming console if you want a PC-like experience.
Just don't expect to:
1. Competitively game - There is still a minimum amount of input lag, so don't expect to click heads faster than a native PC player who has a 75 Hz monitor and up
2. Have higher refresh rates - It is still technically streaming video (which is HEVC/H.265, I believe), so the maximum frame rate is still 60 FPS
3. Save data on your metered internet connection - Unless you have 4G+/LTE-A and true unlimited bandwidth, avoid using your mobile data. If you're one of the ones who is cursed with a data-capped landline ISP, this service is not for you
4. Have long-ass gaming sessions - The limit (if you're paying) is 6 hours straight. After that you have to reconnect to a new session.
5. Modify games - Even though you're technically remotely accessing another Windows PC, you only have access to the game launchers
I'm trying out the service because it allows me to access my own Steam/uPlay library from nearly anywhere with a decent connection without having to use up my own resources (keeping the gaming PC on and using my home bandwidth). I only need a small keyboard, mouse and/or gamepad and either of my laptops (I hate carrying the G5 5587) or phone and I could casually play anywhere. I was not excited or expecting to sign up to this at all, to be honest.
TL;DR: It's a good supplement to your current gaming PC, especially if you move around a lot. A huge convenience factor. Streaming is NOT meant to succeed playing on a PC natively, especially in terms of quality and latency. $5/month is not bad if you want to continue core gaming on-the-road.