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Xbox PC Games Start to Land on Nvidia's GeForce Now

Microsoft and Nvidia signed a 10-year agreement in February.

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The first Xbox game to arrive on Nvidia's cloud gaming service GeForce Now is the latest installment of the Gears of War franchise, Gears 5, Microsoft announced Thursday. GeForce Now subscribers can play the sci-fi shooter today. The tech giant also said the games Deathloop, Grounded and Pentiment will arrive on the cloud gaming service in a week's time, on May 25, with more games to come in the future.

The release of Xbox games on Nvidia GeForce Now is part of a 10-year agreement Microsoft and Nvidia signed in February. Xbox Gaming CEO Phil Spencer tweeted at the time that the agreement will allow GeForce Now players to stream Xbox PC games. Spencer also said Activision Blizzard games, like Call of Duty, would be available on GeForce Now following Microsoft's acquisition of the studio.

Nvidia GeForce Now lets subscribers play more than 1,500 PC games on multiple devices, including in their cars, with plans that range in price from free to $20 a month. CNET's review of GeForce Now found that the cloud gaming service can get expensive, if you choose the top subscription tier, but it's worth it for people with large collections of games who want to be able to play them across devices. More Xbox games, like the Halo, Doom and Fallout series, are expected to arrive on GeForce Now in the future.

"This is the first in a series of partnerships we’re activating to make our PC games available to players globally through a variety of cloud gaming services, starting with Nvidia GeForce Now, and with Boosteroid, Ubitus, EE and Nware in the future," Sarah Bond, corporate vice president of Xbox, said in a blog post. "We remain committed to releasing current titles from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda, and future Activision Blizzard PC games once Microsoft’s acquisition closes."

For more, here's what to know about Microsoft's 10-year agreement with Nvidia and Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

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