Gamers, take heed: You won't be able to play popular video games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Special Edition, Fallout 4 and Titanfall 2 on Nvidia's GeForce Now game streaming service after March 1, the company announced Monday.
Just like Activision announced in January that it would be cutting ties with Nvidia because the company was reportedly embedding its chips into Nvidia's GeForce Now service for PC game streaming, Bethesda is doing the same. But unlike Activision, there's no grudge between the two companies.
"Not only does Bethesda not condone such actions, we were not planning to bring new games to GeForce Now until next year, at which time we'll deliver new features and content designed to maximize the overall user experience," a representative for Bethesda wrote in an email.
The game maker also revealed that it will not release any titles for GeForce Now through March 31, 2020. Nvidia released its GeForce Now game streaming service at the end of 2015. It also has a different model for PC game streaming services, with a separate video card for each game in order to reduce latency and reduce graphics performance.
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"Gamers, while we understand that your purchase of GeForce Now is not specifically intended to enhance your PC gaming experience, we understand how frustrating it is when a game is not available due to unforeseen technical circumstances," Nvidia said in a statement. "To better serve gamers, we are identifying additional technical initiatives for the near future that will further improve GeForce Now's capabilities."
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The news comes as a blow to Nvidia's GeForce Now game streaming service, which seeks to get game titles to your television set via Internet and software. By streaming titles, games shouldn't stutter or look jagged on a PC.
Last year, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang told CNET that the company has no intentions of taking on traditional console manufacturers. But it's not out of the question.
"We're always looking to be a premium, integrated solution for these PC video game consumers," Huang said last October. "We want to bring GeForce experience to our connected devices."
While we'll no longer be able to stream and play through Nvidia's GeForce Now service, it will still allow gamers to play games on console as well as PC platforms.
"Nvidia remains committed to expanding the reach of its GeForce gaming platform by delivering GeForce Now on PC and console, and by introducing both wireless and built-in TV experiences to GeForce owners," the company said in a statement Monday.
On-demand streamed gaming service, Samsung
Right now, the big rental services for the HTC Vive VR headset and other VR headsets like the Oculus Rift are Sony's Playstation Vue and Sling TV, a satellite TV company. But a new on-demand streaming service in stores this week could be poised to take on their market share.
Samsung said Monday that it will release the service starting with the Galaxy S10 on Friday and the S10 Plus February 22. It's part of the SoHo entertainment hub in Paris, where Samsung also has an art gallery, a car dealership and an art education center.
The company touts the service as an easy way to access original online content -- both Hollywood-made films and 3D animations, as well as TV shows and live streaming video. That includes TIGI's "Get Out 3D: The Making of a Thriller" and the Microsoft Mixed Reality-based film "The Wind in the Willows."
But Samsung's portal lacks the full range of content that its main rivals have, like Netflix, Hulu and HBO. The company also didn't specify the price, but Samsung did say the portal will go live on March 11 and will be available in 46 cities worldwide.
First published February 18, 3:27 p.m. PT.
Update, 5:07 p.m.: Adds details on service availability.