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NVIDIA has launched the long-awaited GeForce Now feature. So what is Geforce Now? How to Use Geforce Now?
What is NVIDIA’s cloud-based gaming service GeForce NOW, which devices does it run on? We answer all your questions.
With the increase in internet speeds, the need to download games to our computer is gradually disappearing. This type of service appeared years ago under the name OnLive but was unsuccessful. We stated 5 years ago that cloud gaming services will enter our lives like 2020, and 2020 was indeed a year when these services were enthused. Services like GeForce Now, Google Stadia and Xbox Cloud Gaming made their debut in 2020. The most popular at the moment is NVIDIA’s service GeForce NOW. So what exactly is a cloud gaming service and how does it work? Here’s everything you need to know about GeForce NOW.
What is GeForce NOW?
GeForce NOW is NVIDIA’s cloud-based game streaming service. GeForce NOW offers real-time gaming directly from the cloud to your laptop, desktop, Mac, SHIELD TV and Android device. By connecting to your game accounts, you can play games in your library or free games as you wish, and with cloud saves (for supported games), you can continue from where you left off on any supported device, wherever you are.
Where can GeForce NOW be used?
In which countries is GeForce NOW available?
GeForce NOW is currently available in more than 80 countries, including Turkey. You can visit this article for the list of supported countries .
How can I join GeForce NOW? What’s the price?
GeForce NOW offers two subscription options; Free and Founders. You can visit the membership page and choose your preferred membership type. Founders membership is currently € 27.45 for 6 months, which equates to € 4,575 per month.
What is the difference between standard access and priority access?
Free members get standard access to GeForce NOW servers, while Founders members get priority access. Members may experience waiting times depending on the density of the server. Founders members with priority access are placed at the front of the queue when starting a game, reducing waiting times. Free subscriptions with standard access, on the other hand, may experience longer waiting times in the queue depending on server availability.
What does extended session duration mean?
Founders members receive extended session lengths, each of which lasts up to six hours. After the current session expires, it is lined up again and placed in front to continue the game. These new sessions have no limits.
Do I need Paypal or credit card for free membership?
No, you don’t need any payment method for free membership.
How can I view my current subscription plan?
You can see your membership in the Settings section under the GeForce NOW membership section. You can change your subscription plan by selecting one of the subscription plans on the website from the ‘Manage’ section .
What payment methods can I use to sign up?
To learn about accepted payment options, visit the membership page .
Can Founders members still get a free trial?
The free 90-day promotion period was a limited time offer and is no longer available.
What games can I play?
You can see which games are available on the supported games page.
Do i need to have games?
Yes, you need to own at least one of the supported games before playing on GeForce NOW, or buy one if not. The service also supports more than 75 popular free games.
Some games can be played in other countries, but why can’t I?
Some games are prohibited in some countries in line with local content rating agencies. You can browse the currently available games on GeForce NOW’s supported games page, which aims to make all supported games available in all countries .
I am having problems streaming the game, where can I get help?
You can contact the customer service representative here , and the product and support teams will try to help as best they can. You can also provide feedback by pressing the exclamation icon or connect with the GeForce NOW community from the forum .
I have a feature request, where can I forward it?
You can use the Submit Feedback tool in the GeForce NOW app to share your feature requests and feedback. The product and support teams read and evaluate all feedback submitted.
Frequently Asked Questions for PC and Mac
One of the great things about GeForce NOW is that it’s not exclusively PC specific. You can use the service on almost any device with access to the internet, including a Mac. We can say that GeForce NOW has made Macs playable devices.
Should I do my video card drivers or game updates?
No, all driver and game updates are managed and made automatically by NVIDIA.
Is there voice chat support?
Yes, current Mac and PC apps support the use of in-game microphones. You can chat with your friends or enemies while playing games.
Why do some games support my native language while others don’t?
Some games support in-game language changes so that you can play games in your native language, while others do not. More language support may be added in future updates.
How do I install a game?
Games must be downloaded and installed from digital stores. Before installing the game on GeForce NOW, you will be asked to sign in to verify that you own the game. You must also accept all license agreements that are part of the normal download and installation experience set by the publisher.
How can I start and play a game?
Use the search bar to find games you own and add the games to your GeForce NOW library. Click the game tile after adding it and launch the game on your GeForce NOW gaming rig in the cloud. You will see and feel like you are launching the game on your Mac or PC.
Can I use GAMEPAD on GeForce NOW?
Yes, you can play games using SHIELD, Sony DualShock 4, Logitech Gamepad F310 / F510 / F710, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers. Check out system requirements for a full list of supported peripherals . The latest SHIELD models also support third party Bluetooth or USB wired control.
Where can I download the GeForce NOW app?
How can I get technical support on GeForce NOW?
NVIDIA’s Shield box can also be connected to the GeForce NOW service. Although this Android-based, HDR-supported device is not officially sold in our country, we explain what you need to know to connect to GeForce NOW if you have it.
How do I start and play a game?
Clicking on a game will take you to the game page of the digital store. If you don’t have the game, you can buy it from the digital store. Ownership of the game is verified when you log in and installed on your GeForce NOW gaming hardware in the cloud. For games that require you to log in to play, simply press and hold the Start button on the controller to open the virtual mouse and keyboard.
To start a game, click the icon in the NVIDIA Games app and search for the game labeled GeForce NOW. When GeForce NOW remotely starts the game and streams it back to your SHIELD, you will see and feel as if you were launching the game on your device.
What’s the difference between GeForce NOW and GAMESTREAM?
GeForce NOW streams your favorite PC games from NVIDIA cloud data centers and you can use it on any supported device.
GameStream, on the other hand, allows you to transfer your games from your GeForce RTX or GTX powered PC to your SHIELD.
Is there voice chat support?
SHIELD does not currently support the in-game microphone. It may be added in a future update.
Can I use GAMEPAD on GeForce NOW?
Yes, you can use the SHIELD controls to play games. See system requirements for a complete list of supported peripherals .
Can I use a keyboard and mouse?
Yes, you can connect a keyboard or mouse to SHIELD using a USB or Bluetooth and play games.
I have a non-US-English keyboard and when I use it with GeForce NOW, I cannot see the characters or letters I pressed on the screen.
This issue occurs on non-US-English keyboards and NVIDIA is working on it to fix it. We recommend using a US-English keyboard or NVIDIA on-screen control (OSC) keyboard or Steam Big Picture keyboard to type characters like ‘@’. However, if you have a Uplay account with non-ASCII characters, you cannot use the NVIDIA OSC keyboard or a US-English keyboard. You may need to change your Uplay password to sign in.
Android devices can also connect to the GeForce NOW server, but there are some requirements here as well. To connect to the cloud gaming service from your Android phone or tablet, you need to know:
Which Android phones are supported?
Android phones with 2GB or more of memory and Android 5.0 (L) or higher are supported. Also keep in mind that while playing games, your phone will use data on the mobile data plan very quickly. We recommend using 5GHz WiFi network for the best experience.
If I am using GeForce NOW on PC, Mac or SHIELD, can I also use it on my Android phone?
Yes, you can use it on multiple devices, including Android phones, with a single GeForce NOW account.
How do I get started?
After signing in with your account on your phone, you can switch to the last played games library and continue playing where you left off. We recommend using a Bluetooth Gamepad; NVIDIA SHIELD, Razer Raiju or Junglecat Mobile, Steelseries Stratus Duo or Thundersoft Glap.
Note: You may need a connected Gamepad controller or a wireless mouse / keyboard to be able to play some games. Check out here for gamepads and more .
Why is microphone access being requested?
To enable in-game voice chat, don’t worry, this audio is not recorded.
Playing games on devices running Google’s ChromeOS operating system is also possible with GeForce NOW . It should be noted that Stadia can also be used on these devices.
Which Chromebooks are supported?
You can find the full list of supported devices on the system requirements page.
Where is the Chromebook supported?
Chromebook support is currently only available in North America and Europe.
iPhone and iPAD
How can I use GeForce NOW on my iPhone or iPAD?
Open Safari and visit https://play.geforcenow.com/ .
What games can I play on iPhone or iPAD?
Only games with full or partial Gamepad support can be played on iPhones and iPADs. You can use the keyboard and mouse only to navigate the game menus or to type in username and password. If you want to play games that require a keyboard and mouse, you should use devices such as Windows , macOS, Android or Chromebook.
Can I use a different web browser instead of Safari?
Currently, only Safari is supported on iOS and iPadOS.
With which versions of iOS or iPadOS?
Which Gamepads work on iPhone and iPAD?
For a full list of supported Gamepads, you can visit the system requirements page.
Can i use keyboard and mouse to play games on iPAD?
You can only use keyboard and mouse to navigate the game menus or type username and password, you need to use a Gamepad to play games. Keyboard and mouse cannot be used to play games due to limitations in Safari.
Is there an iOS or iPadOS app I can download from the store instead of using Safari?
No, you can currently enjoy GeForce NOW by simply visiting https://play.geforcenow.com from Safari .
Where can iPhone and iPAD be used?
iPhone and iPAD support is currently only available in North America and Europe.
How can I get technical support assistance for iPhone and iPAD?
For any other questions about GeForce NOW, you can open a thread on Technopat Social and ask us.