Valorant release date: Riot Games not decided on GeForce Now, other streaming support

Valorant release date: Riot Games not decided on GeForce Now, other streaming support

While Riot Games looks set to offer a lot of different features for Valorant when it releases later this year, there are still a few question marks regarding certain options. Gamers are slowly changing in their habits, consuming products in different ways and on platforms that didn’t exist a few years ago. So it will be interesting to see how Riot Games chooses to navigate the ever-changing market with its latest title, Valorant.

For now, we know that Valorant will be available to play for free on PC later this year. Riot Games is aiming to have a full launch during Summer 2020 but no set date has been announced.

And while there is a possibility of the new shooter launching on other platforms, like Mobile, PS4 and Xbox One, no guarantees have been made.

Riot Games has only gone so far as to say that they are exploring other platforms for Valorant. But what about other features that are proving popular in 2020?

Fans are also eager to find out if platforms like GeForce Now will be supported when Valorant is released later this year.

Nvidia released its revamped streaming platform earlier in 2020 and it has proven popular with gamers.

The service makes it possible to stream titles you already own, although there have been some high-profile games withdrawing from it in recent months.

The Express Online was lucky enough to ask a few questions regarding the release of Valorant to members of its development team.

And something we wanted to find out was if GeForce Now, or another streaming service, would feature Valorant compatibility.

Game Director Joe Ziegler revealed that Riot Games has not come to a decision regarding this topic, leaving the door open to an announcement in the coming months.

Commenting on streaming compatibility for Valorant, Zeigler explained: “That is actually a conversation we haven’t had yet.

“There are a lot of new cloud gaming and streaming platforms now that are providing services that we haven’t discussed working with.

“In terms of whether or not we’d support them, I think that would both be about understanding what those services could provide to our players, and whether or not those services could support the high performance and networking standards we want to enforce for our game.”

The GeForce Now website currently lists League of Legends among its compatible games. But for now, there is no guarantee that it will be joined by the full version of Valorant in the coming months.

No end date has been set for the current Valorant closed beta, with Riot Games focused on improving the overall experience. New features will be rolled out during the testing period, while the development team have also spoken more regarding its ant-cheat methods.

A recent update from Valorant’s anti-cheat lead, Paul Chamberlain, reveals: “As is the goal of working in a closed beta, we’ve gotten a ton of compatibility inputs and lessons in stress-testing that help us improve our tools every day.

“We’re also adapting them as hackers start to attack the game, and we’re working hard to make our systems as secure, performant, and compatible as possible.

“It’s also worth noting that with all the excitement for VALORANT, we’re attracting a lot of attention from malicious actors who may have their own business interests at heart (like cheat developers).

“A way for a cheat developer to attract false business is to communicate the illusion of a working hack, even if it gets detected and banned very quickly. I’ll be honest in saying I don’t think we’ll ever stop all hackers, but I do think we can stop most of them and we can work to quickly ban the rest.”

Published at Thu, 23 Apr 2020 10:01:00 +0000