Nvidia GeForce Now RTX 3080 plan could get a more affordable option

A HP laptop running Far Cry 6 using GeForce Now
(Image credit: Future / Ubisoft)

Update: Nvidia has confirmed the one-month plan with its RTX 3080 subscription, and that the pricing of the plan is pitched at $19.99 per month (£17.99 in the UK), as we guessed below.

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Nvidia GeForce Now is set to offer a one-month plan with its top-tier RTX 3080 game streaming option, according to a new report.

VideoCardz claims that Nvidia will today announce the new one-month plan, which will run alongside the current six-month plan, in the same way that the entry-level paid option, the Priority subscription, offers both monthly payments and a six-month commitment.

The site appears to have got hold of a marketing grab showing the new one-month option for the RTX 3080 membership. We don’t know anything about pricing yet, though.

Obviously, the fresh one-month plan must be more expensive, at least in terms of the actual monthly payment. However, you’ll be able to check out the high-end service for just a month, and quit if you’re not convinced it’s worth the money (spending far less than you would currently on a six-month RTX 3080 plan overall).

In theory, we could then see more gamers giving the top-tier plan a whirl, and that ties in with a very recent blog post from Team Green which describes how to get the most out of the RTX 3080 experience on GeForce Now.

Analysis: If this is indeed happening, how will pricing pan out?

Assuming this report is correct, the existing RTX 3080 subscription runs to $99 or £90 for six-months. Compared to the tier below, the Priority membership, that costs $50 or £45 for six-months, and $10 or £8.99 monthly.

So, the 1-month cost for Priority is 20% of the six-month membership, which if applied directly to the current 6-month RTX 3080 tier, would give a one-month price of $20 or £18. Given that this is the flagship offering for GeForce Now, there’s always the chance Nvidia might notch that pricing up slightly, but we wouldn’t imagine that’d be the case.

Why might Nvidia further open up its RTX 3080 membership to more users (which is presumably the intention with the introduction of a more ‘dip in friendly’ 1-month plan)? Well, it could have developed the capacity needed to cope with the extra streaming workload now, and indeed smoothed out the service more in general.

And Team Green could also be responding to user feedback, as we’ve certainly seen some requests from gamers who would like a monthly service for the RTX 3080 tier for the reasons we’ve already mentioned – to give it a whirl at minimal cost.

From what we’ve heard thus far (and experienced ourselves here at TechRadar), the RTX 3080 tier represents a very solid high-end experience, so perhaps Nvidia is now confident enough to open it up more widely on that basis. Particularly when it might tempt a lot more folks over given that it’s so difficult to buy a decent graphics card at the moment (and having to overpay ridiculously even if you are lucky enough to find one).

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