NVIDIA has unveiled its next-generation cloud gaming platform called GeForce Now RTX 3080 with “desktop class latency” and 1440p gaming at up to 120 fps on PC or Mac. The service is powered by a new gaming supercomputer called GeForce Now SuperPod and costs double the price of the current Priority tier.
The SuperPod is “the most powerful gaming supercomputer ever built,” according to NVIDIA, offering 39,200 TFLOPS, 11,477, 760 CUDA cores and 8,960 CPU cores. NVIDIA said it will deliver an experience equivalent to 35 TFLOPs, or three times the Xbox Series X, roughly equal to a PC with an 8-core processor, 28 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a PCI-GEN4 SSD. .
As such, you’ll see 1440p gaming at up to 120fps on a Mac or PC, and even 4K HDR on a Shield, though NVIDIA hasn’t mentioned the latter’s refresh rate. It will also support 120 fps on mobile, “supporting next-generation 120Hz displays,” the company said. In comparison, the GeForce Now Priority level is limited to 1080p at 60 fps, with Adaptive VSync available in the latest update.
It also promises “click-to-pixel” latency of up to 56 milliseconds, thanks to tricks like adaptive sync that reduces buffering, allegedly beating other services and even dedicated local PCs. However, this is based on a 15 millisecond round trip delay (RTD) to the GeForce Now data center, which obviously depends on your ISP and where you are located.
NVIDIA’s claims aside, this is clearly a speed upgrade from the current GeForce priority level, whether you’re on a mobile device or a PC. There is a price to pay for this speed, however. The GeForce Now premium tier started at $ 50 per year and recently doubled to $ 100, which is already quite a demand. But the RTX 3080 tier is $ 100 for six months (about double the price) “in limited quantities,” with founders and priority early access starting today. If it lives up to the claims, it’s cheaper than buying a new PC anyway.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Engadget.