Nvidia opens GeForce NOW cloud gaming PC beta

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We are also announcing that Fortnite Battle Royale is among four new games that support NVIDIA ShadowPlay Highlights, which automatically captures your gaming achievements in videos and screenshots. But, since GeForce NOW supports PC-only titles such as Arma 3 and Divinity: Original Sin 2, only time will tell if GeForce NOW can compete with more well-established cloud gaming services. Well, Nvidia is making a service called GeForce NOW that will let gamers play even the most graphically demanding games on a toaster, and the service is currently in open beta for everyone in the USA and Europe. Right from the in-game overlay, you can change the look and mood of your game with tweaks to color or saturation, or apply dramatic post-process filters. In other words: you need to install the GeForce Experience component to use Freestyle on the system. For example, you can create a retro war-themed filter for your favorite FPS or enhance color and contrast to make a game look more photorealistic. Gamers can even use night mode, which reduces blue color so users can sleep better after a night of gaming. Nvidia says it has "integrated Freestyle at the driver level for seamless compatibility with games". So far, Freestyle supports 100 games, and it'll likely get even more come its official release.

Nvidia promises smooth frame rates at high resolutions for games available from Steam and Uplay PC, with the added benefits of no install times or manual updates.

While some of these filters do serve a goal - Night Mode could be useful to those who face eye strain while gaming late at night and Colorblind mode makes it easier to distinguish between colors - a lot of them appear to be designed purely with fun in mind.

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Ansel has refreshed Photo Mode controls, eight new filters and the ability to combine multiple filters.

With a new beta feature called Freestyle, you can spice up your gameplay with 15 different filters.

In addition to those BFGDs, NVIDIA is rolling out GeForce NOW to most Windows desktops and laptops, offering a game streaming service to any compatible machine. Just be sure to run the latest version of GeForce Experience and the Game Ready Drivers, enable Experimental Features, and you're all set.