Nvidia’s GeForce Now game streaming service has launched (via) the Chrome web browser and beta for M1 Mac XDA-Developers), Bringing resource intensive games to laptops and other devices that could not be powerful enough to run them on their own. We have just tested the Chrome browser version on a Mac and Windows 10 PC, and it runs smoothly.
GeForce Now already had applications for Windows 10 and Android devices, but expanded to an even wider audience with a beta launch for the Chromebook in August of 2020, and was followed by a web app for Stadia on iOS devices Lets you play games with a beat with a workaround. Via Safari web browser.
Now, theoretically anyone with a Chrome browser can go to GeForce Now’s site for streaming and even create an account on a weak laptop. Or, if you’re on the new M1 Mac, via a new dedicated application, according to the notes released for this new version of GeForce Now. Nvidia’s changelog also lists some other changes to make the service more useful in the browser, such as the ability to create dedicated shortcuts for your game and a new way to share links that can send your friend directly to the game.
Like Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, GeForce Now is essentially a PC in the cloud that you “rent” to stream your games. You can play with a mouse and keyboard, a gamepad, even a wireless headset – all of them basically worked for us in Chrome. It is worth noting that Microsoft Edge is not currently supported, even though it is currently a Chromium browser. Of course, you will need to live in an area where GeForce Now is available.
The expansion of GeForce now is not all sunshine and roses. The service has Steam Integration, so you can unlock PC games that you can already stream through the service, but not all games work because developers have to opt-in. Many of them were not very happy with Nvidia because GeForce Now lets players stream their games without permission (and allows Nvidia to benefit from a monthly subscription). Although its rival Google Stadia has a smaller library of even more curated games, it can often provide a clearer picture and higher resolution than Nvidia.
A full list of devices that support GeForce Now is available here. GeForce Now will also come on LG TV in 2021.