Starfield’s arrival on Nvidia’s GeForce Now could be the game-changer cloud gaming has been waiting for.
With no credit card required, GeForce Now offers a free trial, setting it apart from other cloud gaming services. Gamers can access Starfield through both the Steam and Microsoft Store, making it accessible to Xbox Game Pass subscribers without an additional purchase. Importantly, if you’ve begun your Starfield journey elsewhere, your savegames will seamlessly transition.
The game’s demanding requirements on PCs, especially on CPUs and GPUs, make it a prime candidate for cloud gaming. Despite its advanced graphics, Starfield launched without Nvidia’s DLSS tech, which could have eased the performance load. This high-demand game might be the catalyst that pushes gamers towards cloud streaming across various devices, from TVs to phones.
A testament to its popularity, Microsoft’s xCloud showed 15-minute wait times during the game’s launch weekend. While xCloud presented some lag and graphic issues, Nvidia’s GeForce Now RTX 4080 subscription promises superior performance. Nvidia’s “Ultimate” GeForce Now service, priced at $20 a month, showcases the pinnacle of cloud gaming capabilities in 2023.
Starfield’s launch also marks the beginning of Nvidia’s 10-year streaming agreement with Microsoft. This partnership aims to release new Xbox games on GeForce Now as close to their PC release dates as possible. Starfield’s slight delay on GeForce Now might be overlooked if the game performs exceptionally on the platform.
Past games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Destiny 2 hinted at cloud gaming’s potential, but each had its challenges. Curiously, Nvidia’s initial delay in launching Starfield on GeForce Now might be due to performance issues on Nvidia and Intel cards. Bethesda is actively addressing these issues, with a recent announcement about adding DLSS support in the future.
The gaming community eagerly anticipates several technical updates to Starfield, including HDR calibration and ultrawide monitor support. The introduction of an “eat button” might seem trivial, but it could enhance gameplay by offering instant health boosts. Some speculate that Starfield’s partnership with AMD might be the reason behind its initial lack of Nvidia DLSS support.
Bethesda’s commitment to community feedback is evident, with plans for in-game Creation mod support, reminiscent of the longevity mods provided to games like Skyrim. However, the timeline for these updates remains ambiguous, with only a priority order provided. The gaming community is buzzing with requests for land vehicles in Starfield, but it’s uncertain if this will ever materialize.
Critics have given mixed reviews, but Starfield’s impact on Xbox hardware sales is undeniable. Within a week of its release, Starfield has already rolled out its first hotfix update, hinting at the game’s dynamic evolution. PC gamers have something to look forward to with the announcement of support for Nvidia’s DLSS and ultrawide monitors. Bethesda’s recent blog post also highlighted their collaboration with tech giants Nvidia, AMD, and Intel to enhance game performance.
Intel Arc owners can breathe a sigh of relief, as upcoming driver updates promise to rectify compatibility and performance issues with Starfield.