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GeForce Now’s Free tier to introduce ads from March 5

Starting March 5, Nvidia's GeForce Now free tier will introduce ads during queue times, a move to sustain the service.

Nvidia's gaming service, GeForce Now, is set for a minor tweak in its Free tier offering. From March 5, users of this tier will start encountering advertisements, as reported by The Verge and confirmed by Nvidia's spokesperson, Stephanie Ngo. This change marks a shift in how Nvidia aims to balance the cost of providing free cloud gaming services with the need to maintain a sustainable business model.

A minimal disruption for free gaming

The introduction of ads is expected to be a subtle change, designed to be as unintrusive as possible. These ads will be displayed only while users are in the queue waiting to start their gaming session. According to Nvidia, this will amount to up to two minutes of ads. The company believes this approach will help cover the costs associated with offering the Free tier and, interestingly, could even lead to reduced waiting times for users.

Weighing the tiers: Free vs Ultimate

It's crucial to understand the differences between Nvidia's various tiers. The Free tier, while accessible to all, has certain limitations, like the one-hour gameplay cap and the queuing system. This tier doesn't fully showcase the capabilities of cloud gaming. On the other hand, GeForce Now's Ultimate tier is where the service truly shines. It offers enhanced features such as the power of an RTX 4080 in the cloud, significantly reduced latency, and support for G-Sync monitors. However, this premium tier comes with a monthly subscription cost of US$20 and currently does not offer a free trial.

Nvidia had previously hinted at a US$7.99-day pass, a more attractive trial option for potential Ultimate subscribers. However, details about this offering are still unclear, and Nvidia has been queried for more information.

Informing users and addressing global pricing

Nvidia is set to email all Free-tier users on February 27, a day before the change takes effect, to inform them about the introduction of ads. This communication is part of Nvidia's efforts to maintain transparency with its user base.

Additionally, the company has recently adjusted the pricing of GeForce Now in several countries outside the US. This price revision is attributed to increased operational costs in these regions. Such adjustments are standard in the streaming industry, with many services introducing ad-supported tiers or increasing subscription prices to offset rising costs.

In conclusion, Nvidia's introduction of ads to the Free tier of GeForce Now is a strategic move to maintain the viability of offering a free cloud gaming service. While it represents a slight change for users, it's a necessary step for Nvidia to continue providing high-quality gaming experiences without compromising on the accessibility front. As the cloud gaming industry evolves, balancing with operational sustainability remains a crucial challenge for service providers.

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Gabriela Gavrailova
Gabriela Gavrailova
Gabriela is a freelance news editor at Tech Edition, where she writes about technology and often does listicles and product reviews. Based in Austria, Gabriela is a person with many and diverse hobbies. If you don't find her reading a book at home or baking something, she will probably be out hiking or taking some classes to learn a new skill.

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