NVIDIA's GeForce NOW Library Solidifies Publishing Strategy

Gaming article by Robert N. Adams on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 15:12
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Opt-In Only From Here On Out

The GeForce NOW Library is going to be getting some major changes in a few days. Multiple games could potentially leave the service, although that will hopefully be the end of the shifts that we've seen in available content.

If you're unfamiliar with GeForce NOW, the premise is pretty simple: there are a ton of great games out there and some of these games require a pretty beefy PC to play. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford a sweet gaming rig, and there's where this system steps in. GeForce NOW lets you play these games on much cheaper compatible devices through the use of high-end hardware and game streaming.

However, some game developers have taken issue with the system. As PC Gamer explains, several developers have taken issue with their games being included as part of this platform.

"Sorry to those who are disappointed you can no longer play #thelongdark on GeForce Now," stated The Long Dark developer Raphael van Lierop. "Nvidia didn't ask for our permission to put the game on the platform so we asked them to remove it. Please take your complaints to them, not us. Devs should control where their games exist."

Indies weren't the only ones who backed out, either. Activision Blizzard and Bethesda have removed their games from the service. Now, NVIDIA has decided on a new strategy for going forward.

GeForce NOW Library slice

How Is the GeForce NOW Library Changing?

Considering the controversy with some developers, NVIDIA is understandably cautious about touting the size of the service's game library. That's why the GeForce NOW Library will be having some substantial changes in just a few days.

"Going forward, only the games that are opted in will be available on the service, providing confidence in the GeForce NOW game library," stated a blog post from NVIDIA. "Yet some publishers are still figuring out their cloud strategies. Those that haven’t opted in as of May 31 will be removed."

Suffice it to say, you should be able to get GeForce Now with some confidence starting on May 31. The chaos of game removals should mostly have subsided by then.

What do you think of the changes coming to the GeForce NOW Library? Should developers even have a say in whether or not their game is compatible with this service? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!