Microsoft has announced a new partnership with Nvidia, allowing PC Game Pass subscribers to stream their games on GeForce Now, Nvidia’s cloud gaming service. this means that PC Game Pass members can play their games on various devices, including low-end PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, and mobiles.
The partnership represents a significant milestone for cloud gaming, as PC Game Pass subscribers will now have access to Nvidia’s superior game streaming service, featuring performance levels comparable to Nvidia’s powerful RTX 4080 graphics cards.
It is part of a 10-year agreement between Microsoft and Nvidia which was signed earlier this year as part of Microsoft’s efforts to gain regulatory approval for its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The agreement also gives Nvidia access to Xbox PC games and Activision Blizzard titles for GeForce Now.
According to Sarah Bond, head of Xbox creator experience, who revealed the news at a private Xbox media briefing in Los Angeles on Sunday, PC Game Pass members can “stream select PC games from the library” on GeForce Now. It is unclear yet which games are available, but Bond said more details will be shared in the coming months.
Microsoft’s decision to offer its PC Game Pass subscription on a competing cloud gaming service could potentially help assuage regulatory concerns in the UK, where the proposed Activision Blizzard deal has faced opposition due to competition concerns in the cloud gaming market. Microsoft aims to build a stronger case for regulatory approval of its ambitious acquisition plans by demonstrating cooperation with multiple cloud gaming rivals.
Moreover, with this agreement, Microsoft and Nvidia aim to expand their reach and offer more options for PC gamers who want to enjoy their games on any device.