NVIDIA brings GeForce NOW game streaming to Chromebooks
Chromebooks are usually seen as cheap cloud-centric productivity devices, and that is true for the most part. One of the main draws on a Chromebook is the fact that most activities rely on an active internet connection, letting users do more through the cloud rather than their own hardware. Cloud gaming just makes sense on a Chromebook, though services have been surprisingly slow in bringing over adoption. NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW game streaming left beta in February 2020, with a promise to come to Chromebooks “later this year”. NVIDIA is now following up on this promise by adding Chromebook support to GeForce NOW.
GeForce NOW is arriving on Chromebooks in beta, joining users on other platforms like PC, Mac, SHIELD, and Android. Users interested in gaming on a Chromebook need to head on over to the website and log in with their account. They can either choose from a paid Founders membership or a free account. And that’s about it, as game streaming from that point onwards is just a few clicks to select the game that you want to play. You can select from games present on the digital stores like Steam, Epic Games Store, and Ubisoft Uplay. NVIDIA also supports Steam Sync, so you can sync your Steam library onto GeForce NOW, and NVIDIA states that this feature will be coming to Chromebook too, soon, alongside the Highlights feature.
The combination of Chromebooks and cloud gaming is perfect. Chromebooks by very nature are cloud-centric devices, and usually come with low-powered hardware. This hardware humility helps keep the cost down and does not impede productivity by a large margin as most tasks are offloaded to the cloud. The addition of a game streaming service, GeForce NOW in this case, massively helps improve the arguments towards a Chromebook versus a traditional laptop. For the best gaming experience though, we’d recommend at least using a mouse.