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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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Linuxwarper 19 Aug, 2020
Quoting: GrazenYou *own* the games as much on Stadia as you do on Steam - in fact the licenses are similar across Steam / PlayStation / Xbox etcetera. People in the Linux community seem to be confused about what "owning" a game means... users are licensing games... big difference. The fact that you can't store every game that you license locally on Stadia is a different issue - but then I don't store every game I license via Steam or any other platform locally either. TO do so would be a tad... anal.
License or game, whatever. You can make backups of games that are DRM free on GOG and Steam. You can't do that on many other stores/platforms, so I disagree with you that you own games on Stadia as much as you do on Steam.

It seems like a smokescreen whenever someone wants to tell people that they don't own games on Steam as much as you think you do. First thing that's mentioned is "You're buying a lincense", and it's almost always brought up in context of a service or platform that isn't DRM free or threatens the freedoms a DRM lincense provides.


Last edited by Linuxwarper on 19 August 2020 at 10:45 pm UTC
aliendude5300 19 Aug, 2020
Hey Nvidia, if you're reading this, could you guys please treat a Chrome on Linux user agent string as a Chromebook for the purpose of using GeForce Now? You don't even have to officially support it - just so we don't have to do silly things like setting our user agents to "Mozilla/5.0 (X11; CrOS x86_64 13099.85.0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/84.0.4147.110 Safari/537.36" to use your service. Hell, even display a "you're not on a supported platform, continue anyway at your own risk?" message. I'd be happy with that too. Please pass this on to the GeForce Now development team. Thanks.
thykr 20 Aug, 2020
I'm not super comfortable with giving my Steam account password to nVidia... :(
Otherwise I think it's nice to be able to rent a virtual Windows machine in the cloud for so cheap.


Last edited by thykr on 20 August 2020 at 12:00 am UTC
buckysrevenge 20 Aug, 2020
I really like the license usage from other game services, but it really comes down to data usage for me. I share my internet with my whole family (6 people who all actively use it) and until my ISP gives me more data at a reasonable rate, I need to hold off on this kind of service. Besides, only about 60 of my Steam games are on the service anyway
mao_dze_dun 20 Aug, 2020
Once again, I read the comments on something "controversial" like cloud gaming and remember why we can't have nice things on Linux...
Linuxwarper 20 Aug, 2020
Quoting: mao_dze_dunOnce again, I read the comments on something "controversial" like cloud gaming and remember why we can't have nice things on Linux...
People comments is a reflection of the issues with these streaming services.

Stadia could become a detriment in that if it becomes dominant it can undermine local releases of games. Not to forget they are already doing a bad thing, exclusivity. There are other concerns too. Stadia does have potential to be successful by leveraging cloud servers, such as the features they have and are working on. Yet even at this early stage they have resorted to one bad tactic already.

Geforce Now unlike Stadia is using Windows servers. This is negative for gaming on Linux. With Stadia improvements are made that will be of benefit for proper Linux (desktop distributions). Most obvious thing is that it uses Vulkan, and that will be a very important for native game development on Linux.

I take issue with your comment. If you view posts made about Steam Remote Play or/and Play Together you will find many positive comments. And those two features are streaming using your own computers. Should everyone dig a hole in ground and stick their heads into it like a ostrich? These "nice things" (Stadia and Geforce) aren't as nice as you make them out to be. If they were you'd see overwhelming support for them.


Last edited by Linuxwarper on 20 August 2020 at 2:24 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 20 Aug, 2020
Quoting: mao_dze_dunOnce again, I read the comments on something "controversial" like cloud gaming and remember why we can't have nice things on Linux...
I have nice things on Linux, dunno why you don't.
So, what, it's a terrible thing to think about things rather than just accepting them uncritically? Yeah, I'm fine with Linux people bothering to evaluate. Some of the people arguing here must be wrong, perhaps none are entirely right, but at least they're trying to figure things out. In the internet era it is wise to look gift horses in the mouth, since they rarely turn out to be actual gifts. Actual gifts create no profit. About the only gift horses that stand up to a good inspection are the open source ones.
CFWhitman 20 Aug, 2020
Quoting: mao_dze_dunOnce again, I read the comments on something "controversial" like cloud gaming and remember why we can't have nice things on Linux...
Well, I'm just calling things as I see them, not making a complete judgement on whether or not they should be taken advantage of. Though I don't feel that DRM games on Steam are exactly one hundred percent owned by me (in fact, inability to transfer a game to someone else is also an argument against "ownership" of your copy) I do still play games on Steam. As an example of a positive for playing a game on Steam, it's much more likely to be maintained well enough to continue working on newer versions of Linux (without me going to great lengths to seek out old dependencies) than downloads that I got years ago from Humble Bundle, of which I may have a copy that I do clearly own, but have trouble using.
SuperTux 22 Aug, 2020
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It has been a long time since I tried spoofing can anyone show which fields to fill out on the Chrome Extension Liam shared?

Last thing, anyone try to get the Microsoft Flight Sim to run through it?
AwesamLinux 22 Aug, 2020
Needing to change browsers user agent is silly, I think someone should reach out to Nvidia about this. I mean this is probably like one line of code they would have to add/change to make this work on Linux out of the box.
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