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GeForce Now becomes Chrome browser and Apple M1 friendly

by Mark Tyson on 1 February 2021, 13:11

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Chrome

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Nvidia's cloud gaming service continues to expand its support base. In the latest release, GeForce Now 2.0.27, it has added beta support for Google Chrome – the most popular internet browser available. Additionally, as per or headline, the latest beta brings the joys of PC game streaming to M1 Macs for the first time.

Google Chrome support arrives in beta form in Nvidia GeForce Now 2.0.27. Nvidia reckons that enabling this browser will "enable millions more prospective new PC gamers to easily play the latest games on Windows and macOS." Remember that GeForce Now was already supported on the Mac, iPad, iOS via Safari and on Chrome in ChromeOS.

Getting up and going in Chrome is as simple as heading to the play.geforcenow.com URL. However, Nvidia has gone an extra step and made it easy for users to share a URL for any game on GeForce Now via Chrome. To share via Chrome "simply click on a game to open the game details options, and select +Shortcut to open a dialogue to create a game shortcut on your desktop," it says. Meanwhile, iPad and iOS users can easily share any game using the built-in Share option to any app that is installed/integrated into the system (e.g. Skype or Line).

Apple M1 Mac support is another important introduction with GeForce Now 2.0.27. If you have one of Apple's newest architecture Macs you can grab the official MacOS app, version 2.0.27, and you can enjoy native support. Native apps are the obvious optimised choice, but Chrome support is supposed to be decent too.

Everspace 2 recently arrived on GFN.

In other release notes, Nvidia mentioned seven annoying bugs that had been squashed; from keyboard layout hiccups to remembering your preferred game store selection.



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I got a 1 year subscription to Geforce NOW with my GPU, was under the impression it was something like PS Now where you have a library of titles to choose from. It isn't, it just lets you play your own steam library.

I've now used it zero times.
virtuo
I got a 1 year subscription to Geforce NOW with my GPU, was under the impression it was something like PS Now where you have a library of titles to choose from. It isn't, it just lets you play your own steam library.

I've now used it zero times.

It's good for people with older cards or those who bought into RDNA2 as it lets them see what RT looks like.
It does strike me as somewhat odd that GeForce Now would be bundled with a GPU. I could see it being a nice add on included with an ultra-mobile PC that doesn't have a dedicated GPU, or only has a weak one. But if you're buying a dedicated GPU, you probably aren't (or will soon no longer be) in the target market.

Maybe if it's a lower end GPU, nVIDIA would try to use it as an incentive to see how much better of an experience you could have had if you'd bought a 3080 instead of a 1050, in the hopes you're upgrade in a year or two? I'm curious which GPUs they bundled it with.
I got it with my 3060Ti, but struggling to see the point. I guess it's for mobile gaming, using a lighter laptop whilst not at home or something???
virtuo
I got a 1 year subscription to Geforce NOW with my GPU, was under the impression it was something like PS Now where you have a library of titles to choose from. It isn't, it just lets you play your own steam library.

I've now used it zero times.


I guess they don't really have any other hardware to pair it with.

Ideally it should be paired with low end / esport gpus and their Shield TV only.

Granted it may allow higher resolution gaming for mid range cards (I suppose 60 is low, just not in price), but the service is more like renting a vm, without the full vm functionality, but with a decent gpu.