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NVIDIA make it easier to get GeForce NOW on Steam Deck

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Showing just how popular the Steam Deck is, NVIDIA are officially making it easier to get their cloud gaming service GeForce NOW on Steam Deck.

While you've been able to get it working on Steam Deck for a while now, like I've showed off before previously, it's still a bit of manual effort to do. Thankfully, it seems that's going to change.

News comes from their latest blog post, which mentions they have a new install option (scroll down) that's currently in Beta. This will "automatically configure GeForce NOW’s browser in Steam Deck’s Gaming Mode" that installs Google Chrome for you, and sorts out all the settings you need to get it working.

Looking at the actual download specifically the readme notes it will install Chrome if it's not already installed, adjust the Flatpak settings for gamepad use, add a GeForce NOW shortcut to Steam, update the shortcut assets to look correct for their branding and set a default gamepad layout for it too. So pretty much what I expected there but great to see. Now it's just a simple script to download and run in Desktop Mode and all the little bits are done for you.

An update they released last week (v2.0.62) for GeForce NOW also tweaked it so that you can more easily navigate the service using a gamepad too (like the Steam Deck). So with the two together, it's easier than ever to do some cloud gaming on the Steam Deck for those games that it just can't handle, especially good if you don't have a powerful PC to stream to it too.

This will give you access to games from Steam, Battle.net, Epic Games, Ubisoft Connect, GOG and more.

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Love it. That's the kind of support I like to see.
Linas May 2
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So if I want to stream a Steam game, would it cloud sync with Steam?
ticktok May 2
Quoting: LinasSo if I want to stream a Steam game, would it cloud sync with Steam?

Yea when you launch a steam game it basically just spins up a virtual machine, launches steam and you have to log in to steam and then it's just like playing a steam game on someone else's computer.
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Quoting: LinasSo if I want to stream a Steam game, would it cloud sync with Steam?

Yea when you launch a steam game it basically just spins up a virtual machine, launches steam and you have to log in to steam and then it's just like playing a steam game on someone else's computer.

About that... It's kind of a hit & miss. Nvidia got problems when you sync out of GeForce Now... I often fight with my cloud saves, when I switch from my Nvidia Shield to my Steam Deck. It feels like the GeForce Now service is shutting down too fast, on some occasions. Sad.
What a time to be alive
shadow1w2 May 2
A native app would be better but least it sounds more usable.
Tried to set it up in the past but never got it working.
Had no issue with game pass though.
May have to try it again now theres an install option.
ToddL May 2
It's great that they finally provided an installer, but if you've already gotten it setup in the past, then you should be good to go. Also, I'm glad that they finally added controller support because it's annoying to use a mouse to navigate to a game you want to play.


Last edited by ToddL on 3 May 2024 at 4:10 am UTC
How about a native app NVIDIA?!
nondetect May 2
QuoteNow it's just a simple script to download and run in Desktop Mode and all the little bits are done for you
So I can adjust that script for any "cloud" service what working through browser with correct resource files, and if I want, different browser, am I correct?
elmapul May 3
its good to see that big companies are starting to support linux thanks to the steam deck, but lets be honest, this is the bare minimum, GFN already worked it was just a matter of then making it official, and the fact that it took so long...
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