GFN Thursday Rolls Out New Features, Updates & 7 New Games.

GeForce Now rolls out RTX and DLC game updates, features to improve load times, Epic Games account linking and 7 games set to arrive this week.

Metro Exodus was one of the first RTX games added to GeForce Now. In February 2021, developer 4A Games announced an Enhanced Edition coming to PC that took advantage of a new Fully Traced Lighting Pipeline.

Great news for us, it's coming to GeForce Now, day & date, May 6.

Here is the full list of RTX features coming to the PC Enhanced Addition:

  • Fully ray traced lighting throughout — every light sources is now ray traced

  • Next-gen ray tracing and denoising

  • Next-gen temporal reconstruction technology

  • Per-pixel ray traced global illumination

  • Ray traced emissive surfaces with area shadows

  • Infinite number of ray traced light boundaries

  • Atmosphere and transparent surfaces receiving ray traced bounced lighting

  • Full ray traced lighting model support with color bleeding and for every light source

  • Advanced ray traced reflections

  • DX12 ultimate support (including DXR 1.1 and variable rate shading)

  • GPU FP16 support and thousands of optimized shaders

  • Support for DLSS 2.0

  • Addition of FOV (field of view) slider to main game options

*Remember you have to be a founder or priority member to access these enhancements.

Iron Harvest, the classic RTS game with epic single player campaign, multiplayer & coop, is getting a new DLC on May 27.

Dubbed "Operation Eagle," the update introduces a new faction to the games alternative version of World War 1: USA.

Yo can guide this new faction through 7 new single player missions, while learning how to use the games new aircraft units.

"Operation Eagle" also adds new multiplayer maps and the new USA campaign can be played cooperatively with friends.

Iron Harvest’s “Operation Eagle” DLC will be available on GeForce NOW day-and-date. You can learn more about the update here.

The team at Deep Silver sat down for a little Q&A regarding the game updates and here's what was said:

Q: We’re suckers for beautifully ray traced PC games, on a scale from 1-to-OMG, how great does Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition look?
A: We’re quietly confident that the Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition will register at the OMG end of the scale, but you don’t need to take our word for it – Digital Foundry declared that, “Metro Exodus' PC Enhanced Edition's Global Illumination produces without a doubt, the best lighting I've ever witnessed in a video game.”
Q: What does it mean for the team to leverage GeForce NOW to bring these new real-time ray tracing updates in Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition to gamers across their devices?
A: We believe hardware-accelerated Ray Tracing GPUs are the future, but right now the number of players with Ray Tracing capable GPUs is a small, albeit growing, percentage of the total PC audience. GeForce NOW will give those players yet to upgrade their gaming hardware a glimpse into the future.
Q: How does “Operation Eagle” build on the story in Iron Harvest? We’re excited to try this new faction.
A: The American Union of Usonia stayed out of the Great War and became an economic and military powerhouse, unnoticed by Europe’s old elites. Relying heavily on mighty “Diesel Birds,” the Usonia faction brings more variety to the Iron Harvest battlefields. Additional new buildings and new units for all factions will enhance the Iron Harvest roster to give players even more options to find the perfect attack and defence strategy.
Q: How do you see GeForce NOW expanding the audience of gamers who can play Metro Exodus and Iron Harvest?
A: We’re committed to bringing the Metro Exodus experience to as many platforms as we can without compromising on the quality of the experience; GeForce NOW puts our state-of-the-art Ray Traced version of Metro Exodus into the hands of gamers regardless of their own hardware set-up.
Q: Is there anything else you’d want to share with your fans who are streaming Metro Exodus and Iron Harvest from the cloud?
A: Watch out for the jump scares. You have been warned.

Updates, New Features & Improvements

A lot goes on behind the scenes at Nvidia and the team continues to work hard on updates and improvements.

App Update

The GeForce Now app is rolling out version 2.0.29 with several improvements. To get the full lowdown, check out the version 2.0.29 Release Highlights from the Settings pane in the app.

Reduced Load Times

One feature currently in testing with founders and priority members is preloading. This loads parts of your game before you arrive so your launch time will be faster. Members testing this feature should see sessions launch up to a minute faster from the moment they click play in the GeForce NOW app. Free members are not guaranteed preloaded sessions and may see slightly longer startup times.

Account Linking

To enable the benefits of preloading, they're also testing a new account linking feature which lets you play games without having to login into your game store account. Both the preloading and account linking features are currently enabled for Fortnite's PC build on GeForce NOW. They anticipate an expansion of these features to more GeForce NOW games in the future.

PC, macOS and Chromebook users can enable the new account linking features from a new tile on the My Library row in-app. This takes you to the Settings pane, where you can turn on account linking for Fortnite under Connections. Once complete, you won’t need to log in to your Epic Account to play Fortnite's PC build on any other supported GeForce NOW platform, and you’ll be eligible for preloaded sessions.

Search Results

They're also improving search results in the app to make managing libraries easier and get members in games faster. Searching for games to add to lIbraries will now return full page search results, providing easier access to the game’s details and a quicker way to add it to your library.

In-Game Overlay

If you’re playing GeForce NOW from a Chrome browser, they have recently added the in-game overlay. The overlay lets members configure many in-stream features, such as FreeStyle filters, network labels, microphone toggles and ending game sessions. To bring up the overlay, use Ctrl + G for PC and Chromebook, or CMD + G for macOS.

Finally, below are the games joining the GeForce NOW library this week.

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