Gears 5 is the first Microsoft-published game to be available on NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW cloud platform. The launch is part of the 10-year agreement that the companies announced a few weeks ago.
Gears 5 is now available to stream on GeForce NOW, assuming you have the game in your Steam library. NVIDIA and Microsoft are still working on integrating the Microsoft Store with GeForce Now, which should happen in the coming months.
As part of its tentative takeover of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has entered into several partnerships with competitors to ensure that games are not restricted to the Xbox ecosystem.
This week, executives from the Redmond giant revealed that they intend to automatically license all Activision Blizzard games to all competing cloud platforms globally, but beyond that, they also kicked off their agreement with NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW, which guarantees the launch of the games on the streaming platform.
In addition to Gears 5, other Microsoft-exclusive games such as Deathloop and Pentiment will also receive service support next week.
This GeForce NOW update also brings streaming of The Outlast Trials (released today via Steam Early Access) and Tin Hearts (released a few days ago on Steam).
NVIDIA also announced a new update to the GeForce NOW app for PC and MacOS. Version 2.0.52 adds promotional tags that can be found in featured games. Tags are selected to highlight the most attractive deals available from the GeForce NOW library (now over 1,600 games). You can expect these promo tags to show new DLC, discounts, free games, and more.
The GeForce NOW app update also features in-app search improvements, surround sound support when using the browser on Windows and macOS, updated in-game button prompts for members using DualShock 4 and DualSense controllers, and more.
So, what do you think of this new era of Microsoft Games?