NVIDIA is expanding the scope of its GeForce NOW cloud gaming service to support Chromebook devices. The Google-vetted lightweight notebooks now join PC, Mac, Shield, and Android on the list of supported platforms.
NVIDIA shared as much in a press release published on its website, confirming Chromebook support is first launching as a beta from today. NVIDIA says:
“Millions of GeForce NOW members play with and against their friends — no matter which platform they’re streaming on, whether that’s PC, Mac, Android or, now, Chromebooks.
That’s because when you stream games using GeForce NOW, you’re playing the PC version from digital stores like Steam, Epic Games Store, and Ubisoft Uplay.
This is great for developers, who can bring their games to the cloud at launch, without adding development cycles.
And it’s great for the millions of GeForce NOW members. They’re tapping into an existing ecosystem anytime they stream one of more than 650 games instantly. That includes over 70 of the most-played free-to-play games.”
No word yet when it plans to launch support in earnest, but users can load up GeForce Now on Chromebooks by visiting the GeForce NOW website here. The wording of the release doesn’t suggest there are any limitations to Chromebook support, although the beta format does imply NVIDIA is presumably monitoring for potential teething issues. NVIDIA says game progress will carry across all devices as it already does with existing supported platforms.
As with the other supported platforms, Chromebook users can either opt for a free membership, or otherwise lay down cash for the premium Founders subscription that grants RTX-enabled gameplay, extended session length, and priority access when queuing up for a GeForce NOW rig. For those planning to use GeForce NOW to jump into Ubisoft’s latest battle royale contender, Hyper Scape, there’s also a limited time special offer that includes six months Founders membership, a Hyper Scape Season 1 Battle Pass token, and an exclusive in-game content pack. This one will set you back $24.95/£24.95.
NVIDIA notes Chromebook support for the recently-launched Steam Game Sync feature, which automatically syncs up your Steam game library with GeForce NOW, is arriving soon. The same goes for the new Highlights video capture tool, Freestyle game customization, and Ansel in-game camera.
With Chromebook support, GeForce NOW boasts a healthy selection of platforms, the only glaring absentee being iOS. Apple’s stringent App Store guidelines are notoriously tough to navigate, as we saw recently with Microsoft axing plans to support Project xCloud on iOS and Epic’s very public ongoing feud with the Silicon Valley giant. It may be some time before we see iOS support.