Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

Intel hints at cloud gaming service to rival GeForce Now

According to Intel’s latest investor note, the tech giant may be preparing to go up against Nvidia GeForce Now with a new cloud-computing solution.

Dubbed Project Endgame, Intel’s upcoming service will be powered by its own Arc discrete graphics cards. But is Intel targeting the same gaming segment as GeForce Now, or will it hit a different audience with Project Endgame?

LEDs form the Intel Arc logo.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Following an investor meeting, Intel released a detailed road map of its plans for the year and beyond. As we now know, the company has huge plans for its upcoming line of discrete graphics cards, with the first Arc GPUs hitting the market this quarter in new gaming laptops. However, Intel also mentions Project Endgame, stating that it too will be available in 2022.

What exactly is Project Endgame? This is where Intel doesn’t say much. The project only receives two short lines of description, but that’s enough to gauge what we’re dealing with. Intel says that Endgame will give users access to Intel Arc GPUs through a cloud service, providing a low-latency computing solution without having the required hardware yourself. This sounds very much like Nvidia’s subscription-based GeForce Now service that lets users emulate a GPU for gaming purposes, offering up to an RTX 3080.

However, Intel doesn’t explicitly state that Project Endgame will be aimed at gamers. It certainly could be, and by the sound of it, there is no reason why it wouldn’t be, but it’s possible that Intel may want to branch out a little. Seeing as Nvidia already has GeForce Now, which is a fairly successful cloud gaming service, this could be a tough market for Intel to break into. On the other hand, we know that Intel is not afraid to face the competition, seeing as it did release its own discrete GPUs in a market dominated by Nvidia and AMD.

Several devices display GeForce Now games.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

If Intel will not provide a similar service to GeForce Now, letting users utilize cloud-based Arc GPUs to play games beyond their machine’s capabilities, it might offer something similar to Google Stadia. However, Google Stadia is not doing very well, and such a service might be even harder to build from the ground up than a GeForce Now twin. In a market already filled with gaming services, such as Steam, Epic Games, and even Stadia, Intel might be smarter to let users choose their own platform and simply make gaming easier for them, as opposed to trying to build a whole new platform of its own.

Although gaming is the first thing that comes to mind for Project Endgame, it’s possible that Intel may try to target a less tapped market and aim the product at professionals. There could be a lot of potential in opening up cloud-based computing to workstations. If Intel’s Project Endgame proves to work well, it could be a viable alternative for people with weaker computers who need access to resource-heavy tasks that their own device can’t quite support.

Intel has, undoubtedly, already made up its mind as to which market to target with its new release. It’s entirely possible that it could be flexible and open up the project to both professionals and gamers. If Project Endgame is truly set to release in 2022, Intel will surely have to share some more details shortly. Until then, all we can do is speculate.

Editors' Recommendations

Monica J. White
Monica is a UK-based freelance writer and self-proclaimed geek. A firm believer in the "PC building is just like expensive…
The best games to show off Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4090
The RTX 4090 graphics card sitting on a table with a dark green background.

Nvidia's monstrous RTX 4090 is finally here, and it's powerful (just read our RTX 4090 review). It's so powerful, in fact, that there aren't a lot of games that truly showcase the GPU's power. The RTX 4090 is the best graphics card you can buy, but you'll want to install a few key games to show off what the GPU is capable of.

There are a few games that still push the RTX 4090, though many of our recommendations come on the back of Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS). DLSS 3 includes a frame generation setting that's only available on RTX 40-series GPUs, which helps a lot of games that are traditionally limited by your processor hit a high frame rate.

Read more
Gaming Chromebooks with up to 144Hz panels have arrived, but they’re not what you think
Three gaming Chromebooks with games on them.

Google has announced three new Chromebooks specifically designed with cloud gaming in mind. Acer, Asus, and Lenovo each have their own models, each sporting an assortment of gaming features, such as 120Hz refresh rate screens, higher=resolution displays, RGB lighting, improved audio, and faster processors.

Of course, unlike a standard gaming laptop, these new Chromebooks don't actually have hardware inside since they're meant to game primarily using game streaming services.

Read more
Intel Arc A770 16GB vs. A770 8GB vs. Nvidia RTX 3060
The backs of the Arc A770 and Arc A750 graphics cards.

Intel Arc Alchemist is here, and the flagship comes in two different versions: Arc A770 16GB and Arc A770 8GB. Both of these GPUs have been compared to Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti, but how do they really match up?

For many years, the GPU arena has been a two-horse race. Dominated by AMD and Nvidia, it lacked any extra competition. Now, with Intel joining the fray, do these two industry stalwarts need to start worrying? We've tested both Intel Arc and Nvidia extensively, so we have all the answers. Read on to find out which GPU wins the battle.

Read more