GeForce Now is the best way to play PC games on low powered devices like Chromebook. If you want to use GeForce Now on Chromebook, follow this guide.
GeForce Now is a great alternative to a gaming PC or console, allowing you to stream the newest games over the internet. You can use GeForce Now to turn a number of internet-capable devices into cheap, easily accessible gaming platforms.
If you have a Chromebook, you can stream games using GeForce Now easily using your web browser. If you’re unsure how to use GeForce Now on a Chromebook, follow these steps.
Check Your Device, Connection, and Account Subscription
Before you begin, it’s important to check that your Chromebook is officially supported. Chromebooks come in all different shapes and sizes—lesser powered models aren’t good enough for streaming.
According to NVIDIA’s official hardware requirements, you’ll need a Chromebook with an Intel Core processor (7th generation or later) with 4GB of RAM. An older Chromebook might work, too, but there aren’t any guarantees. You’ll also need to run Chrome OS version 77 or later.
You should also be subscribed with an active GeForce Now subscription and have a good enough connection for streaming. NVIDIA recommends at least 25Mbps for 1080p streaming at 60 FPS (frames per second) or 15Mbps for 720p at 60 FPS.
Ready to go? You can access the GeForce Now client via your web browser—visit the GeForce Now website to sign in and get started.
Check Your Game is Available (and Link Your Account)
If your Chromebook is ready, the next step is to check if you’ve got the right game available to play. You can check the latest available GeForce Now games, with new games being added regularly.
GeForce Now supports games that run via Steam, Ubisoft Connect, Epic Games, and EA Play. A select number of other games are available, too. This isn’t a rental service, however, and you’ll need to purchase and own those games on your third-party gaming account to play them via GeForce Now.
If you own the game, you can play it easily by linking your game accounts to your NVIDIA account. To do this, open the GeForce Now website and press the menu button > Settings.
In the Settings menu, press Connect next to an option under the connections section and follow any additional instructions to connect your account.
Once you’ve connected your account, you should be able to easily see and play your games from those platforms via GeForce Now.
Configure Your Bandwidth Settings
Before you start playing, it’s important to check that your Chromebook’s network settings are correct.
Make sure you’ve connected your Chromebook to your local network with a suitable internet connection for GeForce Now streaming. Once you’ve done that, open the GeForce Now settings page and head to the streaming quality section.
If you want GeForce Now to handle the necessary settings for your connection, leave it on balanced. Otherwise, select custom and make changes to your max bit rate, display resolution, and frame rate settings. These changes will apply immediately.
You can also toggle the network status slider in the network status section. This will allow you to see your bandwidth statistics during gameplay.
If you’re having trouble with dropped frames, this will help you to monitor the problem and troubleshoot it.
Begin Playing Games on GeForce Now
The steps above should help you to use GeForce Now on a Chromebook. All you need is a GeForce Now subscription and a Chromebook with a good enough Intel processor (and 4GB of RAM) to get the job done. You might have luck with an older Chromebook, but your mileage may vary, depending on the age of the device.
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