Nvidia’s game streaming service, GeForce Now, has been caught limiting frame rates for players on its priority tier service.
After noticing their session of Guardians of the Galaxy via the in-game menu was limited to a whopping 50 frames per second, a Reddit user decided to ask Nvidia what was going on, After moving up to Level 2 customer support, they received a confirmation from Nvidia that this limit in frame rates is intentional, and is in fact common in some AAA games on the service.
This is what Nvidia calls Optimal Playable Settings, or OPS. According to Nvidia, this is essentially a limit on FPS New support page explaining the intentional remedy, Members of the GeForce Now, Priority and RTX 3080’s two paid tiers, should have the option to change this for most games. However, some of the new games listed in the document have been limited to priority level users due to performance issues.
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The priority tier GeForce Now service has a premium rig with RTX on, which will deliver up to 1080p at 60FPS for subscribers. All of the games listed are still above 45FPS, with most sitting at over 50, so it’s not like users are seeing more snail-paced action than they expected. But it’s still a little worrisome that these premium rigs aren’t up to the task, especially given that the limitations aren’t due for anything on the player side of this equation.
The contents of the list are also a bit off. For starters, Guardians of the Galaxy, the game a Reddit user was originally checking out and confirmed to be limited to 50FPS, isn’t either. Seeing games like Dying Light limited to 50FPS, while Outriders can still run a bit high at 55, is also a bit of a head-scratcher.
It may well be that Nvidia’s rigs are suffering due to chip shortages that even the CEO doesn’t end up with anytime soon, and aren’t living up to the company’s expectation. Still a little weird. Still, those shortcomings also mean that with some games playing at a few lower frames per second, GeForce Now may be the only option for those who want a top-tier PC gaming experience at the moment. Notably it also works on Xbox. Even after doubling in price earlier this year, about $50 USD for six months of Priority GeForce Now is much cheaper and easier to get than a new GPU.