NVIDIA GeForce NOW Beta Update 5

I’ve been playing Destiny 2 using NVIDIA GeForce NOW for MacOS (in beta) during my trip to Denver. The client was recently updated – this post focuses on the addition of Advanced Streaming Settings.

Here’s a little introduction about how I came across NVIDIA GeForce NOW, in case you missed it:

NVIDIA GeForce NOW Mac Beta

“New Ultra Streaming Mode and Direct Mouse Input can reduce lag by 30%” (NVIDIA GeForce NOW for Mac Forum)

Test Setup

Machine

Alice’s Late-2013 MacBook Pro Retina 13″ (MacBookPro11,1)
Intel Core i5-4258U 2.4GHz (Dual Core)
4GB DDR3-1600
Intel Iris 5100
Built-In Retina LCD (2560 x 1600 Retina)

Network

CenturyLink DSL Connection (35 Mbps Download / 5 Mbps Upload)
Hardwired to LAN using USB 3.0 Gigabit Ethernet Hub (the one I recently ordered)

I noted the video settings that NVIDIA GeForce NOW selected within Destiny 2:

Ultra Streaming Mode Off On
Video Settings
VRAM Usage 2579 MB / 24370 MB 1330 MB / 24370 MB
Resolution 1280 x 800
Vsync Off
Advanced Video
Graphics Quality Custom
Anti-Aliasing SMAA FXAA
Screen Space Ambient Occlusion 3D HDAO
Texture Anisotropy 16x 4x
Texture Quality Highest Medium
Shadow Quality Highest Medium
Depth of Field Highest High
Environment Detail Distance High
Character Detail Distance High
Foliage Detail Distance High Medium
Foliage Shadows Distance Highest High
Light Shafts High
Motion Blur On
Wind Impulse On
Additional Video
Render Resolution 100%
HDR Off
Chromatic Aberration On
Film Grain On

I also tested on my mid-2011 MacBook Air:

Mid-2011 MacBook Air (MacBookAir4,1)
Intel Core i7-2677M 1.8 GHz (Dual Core)
4 GB DDR3-1333
Intel HD Graphics 3000 (384 MB)
Color LCD (1366 x 768)

The only difference was the video resolution, which defaulted to 1280 x 720 instead of 1280 x 800.

Input delay was noticeably reduced with both Ultra Steaming Mode and Direct Mouse Input enabled, though it felt like the network was too slow to keep up with demands. I will have to test in greater depth at home, when we can remove the network as bottleneck. When the network cooperated, I was able to challenge with a lot more confidence than previously, making for a better experience overall.

Apple iPhone 5 Problems

I’m coming very close to throwing my iPhone 5 against the wall.

  • Rattling sound that comes from somewhere along the top edge of the case – it’s the camera lens, says the Genius.
  • Power button gradually failed
  • SIM issues: Invalid SIM, SIM Failure, then No SIM

Luckily, Apple is brilliant at handling these issues as long as the phone is still within its warranty period. Getting a replacement unit was as easy as bringing up the Apple Store app on my phone, making an appointment for two hours out, and showing up. The Genius quickly took my old phone to the back, where the problem was confirmed, and then a new phone was brought out to me.