Rain’s GeForce Now beta ending soon

Rain’s Nvidia GeForce Now beta is coming to an end on 4 December 2023, and the company has urged testers to keep their eyes peeled for an official launch date.

Rain sent email and SMS notifications to its Nvidia GeForce Now beta testers on Friday, 1 December 2023, informing them of the beta’s closure.

“Thanks for all the gameplay. The beta phase for GeForce Now Powered by Rain will end on 4 December 2023 so keep an eye on your inbox for news for the official launch date. Game on! Thanks, rain,” the message reads.

The network operator launched its invitation-only Nvidia GeForce Now beta in late September 2023, letting Rain users who signed up to be notified of the service’s avaibility pay a R1 monthly fee to test it out.

Those without active Rain accounts had to pay R3 per month.

Rain said it would use the beta period to get feedback from users about their experience with GeForce Now.

“Nvidia engineers are working with our Rain engineering team to ensure the network and GeForce Now GPU cluster are optimised before commercial launch,” the company said.

Nvidia’s GeForce Now service gives subscribers access to cloud gaming servers with powerful dedicated hardware to stream games. It supports more than 1,500 titles.

Subscribers can opt to play free titles or link a range of digital gaming store accounts to play games they already own or subscribe to play.

Streaming Starfield to a smartphone using Rain’s local Nvidia GeForce Now server

The service enables users to play GeForce Now-supported games from their digital libraries on Steam, Epic Games, Ubisoft, the Microsoft Store, and most recently, Microsoft Games Pass.

Nvidia recommends a minimum 5Mbps Internet speed for 720p gaming at 60fps and 25Mbps for 1080p resolution at 60fps.

MyBroadband received an invitation to the beta and tested several online and single player games.

The only subscription tier available through the beta is the Priority plan, which limits game streaming to 1080p and lets subscribers stream from a rig featuring an RTX 3060 graphics card that can support up to 60 frames per second.

We tested the service using an Acer laptop and a 250/250Mbps fibre-to-the-home connection and connected to our home router using an Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi for the best performance.

The setup produced a latency of 17ms between our system and the GeForce Now South African server, better than Nvidia’s recommended latency of 40ms or lower.

However, it did specify that a latency of 80ms was adequate to use the service.

We played several online multiplayer and single-player titles, including Apex Legends, Atomic Heart, Counter-Strike 2, and Starfield.

Starfield at Ultra settings without AI upscaling is not recommended on the GeForce Now Priority Plan

Playing Apex Legends and Counter-Strike 2  on maxed out settings provided an impressive experience, with frame rates of between 100 and 120 frames per second and a typical latency of 4ms.

We also played Atomic Heart on the highest “Atomic” preset and saw a consistent frame rate of 60 frames per second with a typical latency of 4ms.

In Starfield, which is newer and more graphics-intensive than the rest, it became evident that we were playing with what is considered an entry-level card for RTX gaming.

Maxing out the graphics settings in 1080p produced frame rates of between 15 and 22 frames per second.

On the High graphics profile with native rendering, the frame rate increased to about 20–25 frames per second and to 25-30 frames per second at the Medium preset.

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