Published on September 16th, 2021 | by Adrian Gunning
PENTANET REVEALS AUSTRALIAN NVIDIA GEFORCE NOW ‘BETA PLAY’ COMMENCEMENT DATE
Pentanet, one of the fastest growing Internet Service Providers in Australia, today provided an update on the highly anticipated GeForce NOW™ Powered by Pentanet cloud gaming service in Australia.
The Perth-based ISP has revealed that 18 NVIDIA RTX blade servers have been deployed across Perth and Sydney data centres, with rigorous internal testing set to be completed this week.
The national rollout continues on schedule with Cloud.GG Beta Quest players in Australia and New Zealand set to be invited to participate in the GeForce NOW Beta Play from September 22.
Beta Play will be free for selected players with RTX ON for real-time ray tracing. Users will have access to a library of over 1,000 games, and can play them by connecting to their Steam, Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Connect and GOG.COM accounts. Players will also have access to more than 80 free-to-play titles, instantly, included with GeForce NOW Powered by Pentanet.
Pentanet’s internal Beta program has seen the team of gamers run RTX-enabled Cyberpunk 2077 on nearly any MacBook, even going back to 2012, Destiny 2 on a Samsung Galaxy phone, Apex Legends on a decade-old, budget Windows PC laptop, and many other surprising and flexible streaming options.
Pentanet founder and managing director, Stephen Cornish, revealed that demand leading into the Beta Play stage remains strong, with over 27,000 unique active users completing over 160,000 Cloud.GG Quests in an effort to secure a seat in Beta Play. The Quests are gamified activities designed to provide Pentanet with further insight into usage patterns and infrastructure demand to manage and optimise the hardware and infrastructure rollout.
The data gathered via Cloud.GG allows Pentanet to directly select players that cover a variety of circumstances — varying locations, different games, connection speeds and types, and hardware configurations.
Cornish explains, “We will be adding a small batch of players to the service initially and adding groups of Beta players every few days. This will allow us to push and test the capacity and capability of the platform on Australian networks.”
Cornish encourages Beta Quest players to “game creatively.” He explains, ”We want you to take GeForce NOW to all the places your rigs and consoles struggle to go. We want to know how it plays on your phone and even your oldest laptop. We want you to take it where you never thought possible.”
“As a Beta Player, we are opening the doors for you to play the entire library of ever-growing titles supported by GeForce NOW. That means you will be able to connect Steam, Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Connect, GOG or any other compatible marketplaces for PC to play titles you already own,“ Cornish said.
Further details for the Australian launch of GeForce NOW Powered by Pentanet will be available next month, including pricing and subscription packages.
What is GeForce NOW Powered by Pentanet?
GeForce NOW is NVIDIA’s cloud-based game streaming service, delivering real-time gameplay straight from the cloud to your laptop, desktop, Mac, SHIELD TV, Android device or iPhone and iPad.
With GeForce NOW Powered by Pentanet, Australian gamers can instantly transform underpowered or incompatible hardware into the PC gaming rig you’ve always dreamed of. Experience instant loading, real-time ray-traced graphics and smooth FPS, even when playing the most demanding games.
Connect to your store accounts and stream your own library of games, or play your favourite free-to-play games. With cloud saves for supported games, you can pick up your game where you left off, on any supported device, wherever you are.
How To Begin:
The https://cloud.gg portal is currently live for players to access. You can begin your Beta Quests, earn XP, achievements, badges, prizes, and be in the running for Beta Play. The results of the Beta Play program above will rapidly refine the experience for all users of GeForce NOW Powered by Pentanet, so players are encouraged to begin the Beta Quest journey today and help shape the future of this incredible service in Australia.
Head to https://cloud.gg to begin your Beta Quest journey towards the GeForce NOW Powered by Pentanet Australian Beta.
An FAQ about Pentanet and the GeForce NOW service in Australia is available here: https://gfn.pentanet.gg/faq/
This is the current list of GeForce NOW games, subject to Australian classification: https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce-now/games/