Own a Nvidia Shield?  Get 3 months free access to 65 PC games with GeForce Now
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Own a Nvidia Shield? Get 3 months free access to 65 PC games with GeForce Now

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Found 23rd Jul 2016
Hey all,

Can't see this has ever been posted?

Nvidia have a subscription system that is similar to PS+, you pay a monthly fee and have access to several games as part of your fee. These are PC games, which are streamed to Shield devices.

YOU DO NOT NEED A PC. Games are streamed direct from the cloud. You will obviously need an internet connection though

If you own a Shield you can have a 3 month free trial, after which the monthly fee is $7.99. However you can cancel at any time, so make sure you cancel before 3 months are up!

What's also interesting is that the trial is per shield device, so if you have more than one you could have more than one trial

There are 65 games currently available, most of which are fairly old but a lot of good titles. See next post for a link to all of them, but they include:

Batman: Arkham Origins / Asylum / City
Various Lego titles
Borderlands
Dead Island
Witcher 2
Tomb Raider

To sign-up:

1. Go to your SHIELD device
2. Log in to GeForce NOW
3. Start playing PC games instantly

When you sign-up you do need to give credit card details. I believe these will only be used if you do not cancel after the 3 month trial is up

Happy gaming!!

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is this similar to what onlive was a few years back?

I have already used mine 3 months. Is it possible to make another account with different email?

Shouldn't this be in freebies?

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scholesy27

is this similar to what onlive was a few years back?



Not sure tbh. Suspect this is the shield equivalent.


stelo

I have already used mine 3 months. Is it possible to make another account … I have already used mine 3 months. Is it possible to make another account with different email?



Give it a go but I doubt it. The trial is per shield device, so guessing it logs the serial number of the shield when you sign up


woldranger

Shouldn't this be in freebies?



If this was in freebies then people would complain that it's not free as you have to own a shield to get it, which costs money...

Problem is, they don't have a very good selection of games. That's why, since I bought the thing over a year ago, I still haven't activated my trial.

tjc2005

Problem is, they don't have a very good selection of games. That's why, … Problem is, they don't have a very good selection of games. That's why, since I bought the thing over a year ago, I still haven't activated my trial.



Only one game P.O.L.L.E.N is worth more than the subscription fee and that was met with mixed reviews, if space marine is still in the top 10 featured your streaming service might need some new games.

superb deal!

Do you have to give them payment details for this and it is easy to cancel?

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Spark

Do you have to give them payment details for this and it is easy to … Do you have to give them payment details for this and it is easy to cancel?



Yes good point. I meant to put in the post you do need to give credit card details when you sign-up. I will add now thanks.

Cancelling is easy according to the FAQ:

HOW DO I CANCEL MY MEMBERSHIP?
You can cancel your membership on your SHIELD device under GeForce NOW > Settings > Billing

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tjc2005

Problem is, they don't have a very good selection of games. That's why, … Problem is, they don't have a very good selection of games. That's why, since I bought the thing over a year ago, I still haven't activated my trial.



I think there are a lot of good games available myself. Only problem is that there are no new games in the selection. Still to be able to play any of them on a table without needed to download and install them is great IMO

I subscribed when I bought my shield in January and have just cancelled it (which is a simple process).

The reason was that the game selection is very poor. Tomb Raider is still one of the most popular "new" games. They stopped releasing free to members games instead opting for charging around £10-20 for that weeks release.

There's no denying it's an ambitious project with relatively successful results (the streams run at 1080p at 60fps) which rarely suffer but with no multiplayer and no licences for the most popular games it wasn't for me.

I ended up buying a PS4 to resolve this but with that said the shield is a brilliant set top box, just very limited for gaming unless you use the gamestream option.

Anyone who owns one would know about this as it is on the screen every time I turn it on

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JarrodWRX

Anyone who owns one would know about this as it is on the screen every … Anyone who owns one would know about this as it is on the screen every time I turn it on



I've owned two for several months & only found out today!

Needs a decent connection but when it works it works good

Couldn't cancel sub on first day but day after did it from GeForce now settings menu . Stills runs for the 3 months . Payment system was strange as had to use spaces from the card . Took a few tries

Munkee

Couldn't cancel sub on first day but day after did it from GeForce now … Couldn't cancel sub on first day but day after did it from GeForce now settings menu . Stills runs for the 3 months .



ah, I was just going to ask: can you cancel immediately and still get the 3 months, or does your subscription end as soon as you cancel. Thanks

Not bad,but shame as I got rid of my Shield 2 months ago and went back to Fire TV.
Just couldnt cope with that god awful buggy remote controler.and I wanted it just for streaming.

I took the plunge with this a while ago. I'm a very casual gamer so this more than suits my needs.
I can see this being the future of gaming. It works very well. Will more likely be Sony or Microsoft that will give it legs though.


Hot

have this on my nvidia shield portable. haven't played the ps4 since

Tequila

Not bad,but shame as I got rid of my Shield 2 months ago and went back to … Not bad,but shame as I got rid of my Shield 2 months ago and went back to Fire TV.Just couldnt cope with that god awful buggy remote controler.and I wanted it just for streaming.



I'm using the Fire TV Stick remote with my Shield. Problem solved!

Tequila

Not bad,but shame as I got rid of my Shield 2 months ago and went back to … Not bad,but shame as I got rid of my Shield 2 months ago and went back to Fire TV.Just couldnt cope with that god awful buggy remote controler.and I wanted it just for streaming.


I had a fire stick before I bought my Shield and just paired the fire stick controller with the Shield. Works perfectly.

does the voice Firestick controller work. I couldn't live without that option.

scholesy27

is this similar to what onlive was a few years back?



It's the almost the same just different company

I can't believe this was posted. it's blatant when you get shield

Nice!!. :-)

Would be nice to actually be able to buy a Shield to take advantage of this deal !!!!

As rare as rocking horse shi*!!

Danosaur1

I took the plunge with this a while ago. I'm a very casual gamer so this … I took the plunge with this a while ago. I'm a very casual gamer so this more than suits my needs.I can see this being the future of gaming. It works very well. Will more likely be Sony or Microsoft that will give it legs though.


Hang on a minute... Sony have already had Playstation Now available for some time. It's overpriced, ps3 games etc but essentially the same thing.
Edited by: "tjc2005" 24th Jul 2016

I took the trial some time ago. I didn't spend as much time with it as I would have liked but I have to say from my limited use the results were very mixed even on a fast 50mb fibre connection (Virgin Media) with an ethernet cable direct to the Shield. I kept getting poor signal icon warnings on screen (like the bars on a phone) and games seemed to take a while to start and had noticeable compression artifacts.

The same connection worked perfectly with Playstation Now (I was on the Beta).

There could have been an issue with my set up and despite the issues I'd still highly recommend the Shield TV itself, but I definitely wouldn't subscribe to Geforce now despite the decent games library.

Been looking at getting a shield just missed a fews deals on them so will hang around until next time, but will try this out!

Been on this nearly a week on my 50mb fibre connection from BT,i also get constant packet loss warnings pixilated screens,and terrible lag using ethernet....never had a problem with my connection on anything else in my home,so not sure if its this service or not

TELREA

Been on this nearly a week on my 50mb fibre connection from BT,i also get … Been on this nearly a week on my 50mb fibre connection from BT,i also get constant packet loss warnings pixilated screens,and terrible lag using ethernet....never had a problem with my connection on anything else in my home,so not sure if its this service or not



I just tried I out too. It's not as good as running the game locally. I thought the whole point was you could run the game on max settings, as it run on a beefy machine and streamed to your box? However, reducing the graphics settings increased the frame rate, which is odd. Thought they'd be running it on a Titan X SLI server or something!

gr8h8me

I can't believe this was posted. it's blatant when you get shield



Well I believe this seemed to help quite a few folks around here and also it is not a bad thing to know of you are considering to buy a shield...

Just tried it on my (little used) Shield Portable. Despite no evidence of the device ever existing on their website, they still seem to support it with updates, which is nice.

The local game streaming (from my gaming PC) works very well; but I've found little reason to use it. Something like NOW would potentially allow me to do away with the need for a gaming PC - but that's in the distant future - their selection isn't good enough at this point.

The service does perform well on our rural 30MB fibre connection (over Wifi). There are noticeable compression artefacts; but the general impression of quality on a screen that small is quite good. Lag is evident but not problematic. It's rather impressive actually when you think about how the service works.

However it appears to be impossible to enter text on this device, so in 'Grid' when I was asked to enter a player name, I couldn't do so. I suspect this would cause bigger issues in certain titles.

The biggest problem on the Shield Portable appears to be very slow navigation in the Geforce NOW interface. It takes AGES to load a list of games to view, while other parts of the interface are lightning fast.

I also just tried to cancel the trial/subscription from the 'Settings > GEFORCE NOW > Billing' menu, but it keeps coming up with a store error. I suspect it is failing because I only signed up within the last hour. I'll try again later today/tomorrow.

philljp

I just tried I out too. It's not as good as running the game locally. I … I just tried I out too. It's not as good as running the game locally. I thought the whole point was you could run the game on max settings, as it run on a beefy machine and streamed to your box? However, reducing the graphics settings increased the frame rate, which is odd. Thought they'd be running it on a Titan X SLI server or something!



Will try turning the settings down,its strange because i had a perfect service from Onlive,was expecting a better experience with this service

tjc2005

Hang on a minute... Sony have already had Playstation Now available for … Hang on a minute... Sony have already had Playstation Now available for some time. It's overpriced, ps3 games etc but essentially the same thing.



​I did say I was a very casual gamer. The last PlayStation I owned was the first one.
I do have 200 mb Virgin broadband and not once has this service glitched for me. So as speeds get better this will come into its own.

I had the same issue on Grid, I could not enter text for the player name. How stupid!

Forgetting about gaming... How does this shield run kodi etc? As I've just ordered one for delivery tomorrow

gadger100

Forgetting about gaming... How does this shield run kodi etc? As I've … Forgetting about gaming... How does this shield run kodi etc? As I've just ordered one for delivery tomorrow



​where and what price? been holding out for 2 or 3 weeks for a price reduction... flipping 175 on amazon, and 150 pre order on scan.. considering folk got it with the remote also for 130, I can't bring myself to pay over 200 for the 2.

make sure before you start to play the game that you go into settings and ramp up all the settings to max! I have a 200mb connection and thief looks stunning at full resolution and Max settings
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