What is Vortex? How do I play? How much does it cost?
What is Vortex?
Vortex is a cloud gaming or game streaming service. Vortex allows you to play video games streamed to your device without the use of a traditional console or gaming PC.
Vortex is a platform in the cloud where you pay a subscription to gain access to a library of games, many of which require an activation license from other game marketplaces, such as Steam. Vortex has paid subscription tiers, each of which differ in the amount of hours you can play in a month. Higher tiers give you access to a larger library of available games.
To get started, as with all cloud gaming platforms, make sure you have good, stable internet and the basic hardware on which to play.
How do I play on Vortex?
To get started on Vortex, sign up for an account through Vortex and download the client for your Windows or macOS machine.
If you prefer to get started on your Android mobile device or Android TV, begin by downloading the Vortex app from the Play store.
Once you login to your device and have purchased a subscription from Vortex, find games through the Vortex search interface. Many games will require an additional license from an online games marketplace to launch.
Vortex recommends that you have internet speeds of 10 Mbps or greater, which means you should be prepared to use 4-5 GB/hr at minimum. The higher tiers of Vortex will have 1080p streaming capability soon, which will no doubt require greater connectivity. Other cloud gaming platforms already offering 1080p streaming generally recommended a consistent 25 Mbps connection at minimum.
You’re able to play on the Vortex platform on a wide variety of devices, including Android TV. Vortex reports compatibility with Xbox controllers, controllers with Xbox-button layout, and DualShock 4 controllers, though compatibility is dependent on the device being used.
How much does it cost?
Assuming you already own a Windows computer, a macOS computer, an Android mobile device, or Android TV, along with internet connectivity of at least 10 Mbps, getting started on Vortex requires a purchase of one of its tiers.
Vortex has three monthly subscription tiers: Basic, Pro, and Ultra. All subscription tiers support 720p streaming, with the Pro and Ultra tiers offering 1080p streaming coming soon.
The Basic tier is $9.99 per month and gives users 50 hours of play time and access to 66 games in the game library, many of which require an activation license to play.
The Pro tier is $19.99 per month and gives users 80 hours of play time and access to the full library of 162 games, many of which still require an activation license to play.
The Ultra tier is $29.99 per month and gives users 140 hours of play time and access to the full library of 162 games, many of which still require an activation license to play.
If you have any other questions about getting started on Vortex, please let us know in the comments! You can also check out our knowledge base for a price comparison for all cloud gaming services, and much more!