GeForce Now: so you can play cloud titles from Linux or almost any other device

GeForce Now

A little more than four years ago, here in LinuxAdictos We publish several articles on GeForce Now from NVIDIA. At first it was doubted whether it would be available for Linux, but the years have passed and it is a fact: it is. And not only for Linux, it can be played even on mobile devices, and how to do it is something that we are going to explain here today.

Before continuing, it is worth explaining what GeForce Now is. It is like Amazon Moon, Xbox Cloud Gaming, also known as XCloud, or the late Stadia: a cloud game service. The differences with respect to other services are few, and are reduced to the catalog, where the games are obtained from and that in the case of NVIDIA, more powerful equipment is used for streaming content. In theory.

How to play your titles with Geforce Now

The fact is that playing with GeForce Now It is very simple. The only thing is that it may not always be intuitive, as we will explain later. The first thing to do is go to your web page and complete the registration. Once we confirm that our email is ours, something we will do by clicking on the link that we receive, we identify ourselves and we will see something like the header capture, where you can already understand why it is not intuitive.

I only have 3 games on Steam? 2, in fact, since one of them appears from a test I did. And no, I have a few more. Why don't they appear in my library? Although GeForce Now allows us to play our games Steam, Ubisoft, Epic and Xbox, what is not so easy is snooping there. For them to appear we have to open them or add them manually.

Find a Game

To open a game, we will search for it in, of course, the search box. When we see a game that we know is in one of our libraries, we click on it and we will see something like the following:

Game ready to play on GeForce Now

In the previous situation we can Obtain, which will take us to a store where it is available, add it to the library or play. If we click on Play, a wait will begin that will depend on the plan we have contracted, which we will talk about later. When everything is ready, we can start/continue a game. What it does is open a kind of virtual machine in the cloud and we can play...

… or not

Logically, we have to have bought the game

We can play if we have the game. Otherwise, it will try to open it, but it will give an error, or at least that is how it is in the Steam option. That's why we have to be sure that we have the game. Whether we have it or not, it will be added to our library, but we can delete it by clicking on "- LIBRARY".

Compatibility, plans and performance

GeForce Now is available for all kinds of devices. It has Windows, macOS and Android applications, but can also be played on iPhone/iPadOS by adding the bookmark to the home page and on Linux if using a compatible Chromium-based browser. Chrome, Vivaldi, and Edge are supported, but Brave is not at the time of writing.

As for the plans, The free version allows you to play one hour per session no daily limit, and the virtual computers are less powerful than the paid versions. For €9.99/month you can upload sessions of up to 6 hours, the resolution is up to 1080p, up to 60 FPS and advertising is eliminated. In the highest plan, the best servers of all are used, sessions are up to 8 hours, resolution up to 4K and up to 240 FPS €19.99/month.

About performance, everything moves perfectly as if playing on a good team for gaming, with the small problem of a slight delay that may not be the best in all scenarios. From the tests that I have carried out, on a weak computer and over WiFi, it is noted that the mouse moves with a little lag, but it is reduced to a minimum on a slightly more powerful computer connected by cable.

GeForce Now Catalog

Currently, the GeForce Now catalog, or rather, the games supported by the service are not many nor are they the best. To give examples of popular titles, we find Doom and Doom Eternal (2016 and 2020 respectively), but in addition to the fact that the newest one is only available if you pay, because it requires more powerful hardware, we do not find the classic Dooms. Nor others like Horizon Zero Dawn, but Diablo IV (also paid) or Mass Effect.

In short, it is a service that is worth taking into account, and more so due to the fact that they will improve the catalog in the future. Plus, it's one of the best options for playing some Windows-only titles from Linux.


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