How to Fix GeForce Now Low Resolution Problems
GeForce Now low resolution issues are usually caused by connection problems. If you’re having trouble, you can troubleshoot the problem with these fixes.
GeForce Now is a great way to enjoy the latest games on older hardware. All you need is a good enough connection to handle the streaming to your PC, Mac, or mobile device.
If you’re seeing GeForce Now low resolution issues, you’ll need to troubleshoot the problem. You may be able to fix most resolution issues in GeForce Now by configuring your connection settings—here’s how.
Configure GeForce Now Bandwidth Settings
If you’re seeing a low resolution on GeForce Now, you’ll want to check your bandwidth settings first. A poor connection can cause your resolution (and your gameplay) to stutter or pixelate, making it difficult to play games.
To configure your bandwidth settings on GeForce Now:
- Open the GeForce Now client on your PC, Mac, or smart device, or open it in your web browser.
- Press the menu icon > Settings.
- Scroll down to the streaming quality section.
- If you’re using the PC or Mac client and your connection is strong enough, select the competitive option, as this will give you the best settings for competitive gameplay—including a high enough screen resolution.
- Otherwise, select the custom option. You’ll be able to configure the bit rate, frame rate, and screen resolution for GeForce Now connections.
- Set Max bit rate to custom before using the slider to select a maximum value—the bigger the number, the more bandwidth your connection requires for a good (and stable) connection.
- Select a different screen resolution and quality from the screen resolution drop-down menu. As before, the higher the value, the more bandwidth required, but if you’re seeing GeForce Now low resolution problems, increase the value here.
- Finally, set the frame rate value to 30 FPS or 60 FPS using the drop-down menu, depending on your preference.
- You may also see an option for adjusting for poor network conditions. Disable this setting if you’re having resolution issues and set it manually.
- To reset your choices, press the Reset button or set the streaming quality option to balanced.
You will need to experiment with the best settings for your device, connection, and situation.
For example, you can reduce your resolution and bitrate settings depending on your screen size and connection—a mobile device won’t need as big a resolution as a full-size PC monitor, for instance.
Change Server Location
GeForce Now will automatically select the best available server to stream games to your device. If you want to ensure that you only connect to a server in a location nearest to you, you can configure this setting manually. The closer the server, the better the latency and connection quality.
To change server location on GeForce Now:
- Open the GeForce Now client or visit the GeForce Now streaming page in Google Chrome.
- Once you’ve signed in, press the menu button > Settings.
- Scroll to the server location setting.
- In the server location drop-down menu, select a location as close to your own as possible.
Once you’ve changed the server location, test out the connection by streaming a game. If the quality doesn’t improve, try a different location, or set the server location setting to auto to allow GeForce Now to select a location manually.
Check Your Connection for Issues
If you’re still seeing GeForce Now low resolution issues, it could point to a wider problem with your connection.
First, make sure your bandwidth and system settings are above the minimum recommended levels for the service. You can check this on the GeForce Now system requirements page as this will vary.
If you’re using GeForce Now on your PC or Mac, you can also test the best setting for your connection using the desktop client. To do this, press the menu button > Settings. Under server location, press Test Network to check your performance and view the recommended settings for your connection.
Playing Games on GeForce Now
If you’re a geek like us, you’ll want to enjoy your favorite games wherever you go. GeForce Now makes that possible, letting you play the latest top-spec games on devices that lack a good enough graphics card.
Just make sure to try these GeForce Now low resolution fixes to fix your gameplay if you run into any problems. Got any other tips to fix GeForce Now streaming issues? Let us know in the comments below.