Geforce Now is a totally different service. OnLive/Gaikai was also different.
LS is a first for offering a very fast VPS with a GPU included for cheap.
AND you have permanent storage.
I checked the Reddit site, but EC2 for gaming?
I mean sure, if you won the lottery... but otherwise, just no.
A dedicated EC/Azure instance is a whopping 550+ USD.
- The streaming solution itself is just cobbled together with Steam's streaming and such. Bandwidth also costs money. So if you want to stream big, you gotta pay big.
- You have to take care of the entire software stack. From the OS through the VPN and all that.
- While the GPU is indeed much stronger, the price is 10* more. That is a 1000% increase.
I cannot stress this enough. EC2/Azure makes you pay more if you use more. You pay HOURLY for everything. If you use more internet, because you downloaded something? Boom, pay. You want to stream better resolution? PAY. The bills can go really high. Not one people went almost broke because of Amazon/Azure bills.
On LS you only have to pay 40$ (for now), for the Unlimited plan.
Let's say you will sign up for Elite.
Elite is ...
10$ (gamer plan) = 20 hours of Elite.
That is 360 USD a month.
Now... you don't have to pay that amount, because no one needs to run the machines 24-7 if you just game on it.
BUT let's say you want to run it 24-7...
Renting a dedicated machine with a dedicated GPU is much cheaper.
https://www.ovh.ie/dedicated_servers/gpu/ = 140 EUR/month
You can also find other providers via Google.
This way the machine is "yours", there are no plus fees, and you have all the resources for yourself.