It was only a matter of time before we saw game streaming services land on smart TVs. LG is among the first manufacturers to play the game by hosting GeForce NOW on the webOS platform.
LG has announced a partnership with Nvidia to be the first smart TV maker to host the GeForce NOW streaming game service. The webOS application will be available in beta in the coming days on a selection of 4K TVs (OLED, QNED Mini LED and NanoCell) in 80 countries. It will be a new platform for GeForce NOW, after Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, Android and Safari (for iOS and iPadOS).
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Games streamed via the online service will be able to display up to 60 FPS, but at a maximum of 1080p. 4K remains a privilege for Shield TV, Nvidia’s box. The three subscription plans will be accessible in the webOS app: free but with a queue system, Priority (€ 49.99 / 6 months) for 1080p / 60 FPS, RTX 3080 (€ 99.99 / 6 months) for high quality graphics.
Unlike Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service which presents itself as a “video game Netflix” with hundreds of immediately playable titles, GeForce NOW offers to stream games that we have purchased, for example on Steam. Guardians of the Galaxy, Crysis Remastered Trilogy or Rocket League and Destiny 2 are compatible. It is still possible to try 35 free-to-play games.
Of course, you also need a good internet connection: at least 15 Mbps for 720p / 60 FPS, or 25 Mbps / 60 FPS. Latency should also be less than 80ms, but Nvidia recommends less than 40ms for the best experience. The quality of the Wi-Fi connections of LG televisions was what it is (this is also the case with Samsung and others), the manufacturer recommends an Ethernet connection.