Nvidia brings resource-intensive games to laptops and other devices that may not be able to run on its own, and has now launched a beta version of its cloud gaming service GeForce Now for Chrome Web browser and M1 Macs.
According to The Verge, GeForce Now already has apps for Android and Windows 10 devices. However, with the release of the Beta version for Chromebooks in August 2020, it expanded to a wider audience, and then used a web application solution to defeat Google’s Stadia on iOS devices, allowing users to stream games through the Safari web browser .
In theory, anyone using the Chrome browser can now stream games by visiting the GeForce Now website and creating an account, even on a laptop with poor performance. For new M1 Mac users, according to the release notes, there is a new dedicated application. Nvidia’s change log also lists some other changes to make the service more useful in the browser, such as the ability to create dedicated shortcuts for your games, and a new way to share links that can send your friends directly To the game.
Similar to Google Stadia and Amazon Luna, GeForce Now is essentially a PC in the cloud, and users can rent this PC to play games. You can use the mouse and keyboard, game pads and even wireless headphones to play games, all of which can run seamlessly in Chrome. It is worth noting that even though Microsoft Edge is now a Chromium browser, it is currently not supported.
According to The Verge, the expansion of GeForce Now is not just sunshine and roses. The service has Steam integration that can unlock PC games that users may already own for streaming through the service, but not all games will work properly because developers must opt-in.
Many of these developers are not satisfied with Nvidia, because GeForce Now allows players to play games without permission (allowing Nvidia to profit from monthly memberships). Although its competitor Google Stadia has a smaller library that contains more carefully curated games, it can usually provide clearer pictures and higher resolutions compared to Nvidia.
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