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I'm sure this will excite some of our readers who are fans of game streaming: NVIDIA has added the ability to play GeForce NOW game streaming via the browser.

Currently, it's limited to ChromeOS and Chromebooks as per their announcement. However, you can easily get around that because of how stupidly flawed browser agent strings are. Spoofing it is easy, although it only works in Chrome and not Firefox from my own testing. Just grab a User Agent Switcher plugin (like this), then add this as an option:

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; CrOS x86_64 13099.85.0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/84.0.4147.110 Safari/537.36

That allows NVIDIA GeForce NOW to run on desktop Linux, simply in a Chrome browser. Just like Google Stadia has been able to since release. Here's a video of it in action on my Linux desktop:

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Well, how about that? Another barrier broken down for Linux gaming fans. Surprisingly it did actually work really well. Input was responsive and the picture quality was really good.

NVIDIA GeForce NOW is quite different to Stadia, in that it uses games you have in your library across Steam, Origin, Ubisoft, Epic Games and more. However, if you wish to play past 1 hour, you have to pay a monthly subscription. The integration also feels far weaker than Stadia, which is a proper platform. On GeForce NOW, it's clearly Windows machines in the cloud to the point of hearing the Windows 10 ping sound when you click around as it doesn't let you. Stadia feels much tighter as a system and platform but GeForce NOW has the big benefit of games being available locally on your system as you "own" them as well as streaming them which Stadia does not, Stadia can only stream the games.

Obviously, at this point NVIDIA are not supporting the Linux desktop with GeForce NOW in any way and it could break any time - so keep that in mind. A mod on the community GFN Reddit did indicate this looks like the direction NVIDIA are going (having it in the browser), to open it up to more. Options are good for everyone though of course and we're just here to bring the tips.

You can try it on play.geforcenow.com.

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Dribbleondo 18 Aug
You own games you purchase via stadia.
Liam Dawe 18 Aug
Quoting: DribbleondoYou own games you purchase via stadia.
You missed the entire point of that bit I see. The local install option.
HexDSL 18 Aug
Thank you for posting this! i totally missed it! quite excited!
Patola 18 Aug
That's nothing short of incredible. Works well. Great news!
Shmerl 18 Aug
QuoteObviously, at this point NVIDIA are not supporting the Linux desktop with GeForce NOW in any way and it could break any time - so keep that in mind.

Keep in mind also that Geforce Now is using Windows on the server. So it's not any better than dual booting or running Windows in VM locally. You just get a longer cable for it. It's essentially a glorified remote Windows VM.


Last edited by Shmerl on 18 August 2020 at 3:55 pm UTC
EagleDelta 18 Aug
Anyone else having issues with the User-Agent Switcher? It's not working for me.
3zekiel 18 Aug
Quoting: Shmerl
QuoteObviously, at this point NVIDIA are not supporting the Linux desktop with GeForce NOW in any way and it could break any time - so keep that in mind.

Keep in mind also that Geforce Now is using Windows on the server. So it's not any better than dual booting or running Windows in VM locally. You just get a longer cable for it. It's essentially a glorified remote Windows VM.

I hope they could add a Linux VM option. Potentially with a small reduction since there is no need to pay for a licence on their side. Even without a reduction, that would be quite nice, could still use the windows VM for rare games that can't run even on proton, and use the Linux VM most of the time for my laptop.
Shmerl 18 Aug
Quoting: 3zekielI hope they could add a Linux VM option. Potentially with a small reduction since there is no need to pay for a licence on their side. Even without a reduction, that would be quite nice, could still use the windows VM for rare games that can't run even on proton, and use the Linux VM most of the time for my laptop.

If they do, it won't be as nasty. In the current form, it's just MS feeding service.
Massinissa 18 Aug
Works well on Vivaldi with user agent switcher, with Solus Linux, and a potato PC with intel HD 5600.
Liam Dawe 18 Aug
Quoting: HexDSLThank you for posting this! i totally missed it! quite excited!
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