Regardless of whether it's a gaming laptop or a gaming PC – if you are looking for a computer to play with, you usually have to dig into your pocket. Thanks to streaming offers, entry into the world of PC gaming is now cheaper than ever – and could be even cheaper thanks to Nvidia.
Nvidia GeForce Now: Streaming service now also available on Chromebooks
When you think of Chromebooks, you usually have low-performance laptops in mind, the functionality of which is quite limited due to ChromeOS. Sure, the “Google Notebooks” cannot be used as flexibly as classic models with the Windows operating system, but something should also happen on this front in the future. Still, it's no wonder that Chromebooks are often much cheaper than normal laptops. The Asus Chromebook 14 currently only costs 219 euros.
The Chromebooks could not yet be used to play classic PC games, but that will change immediately. As Nvidia announced in a press release, users can now also use the GeForce Now streaming service on ChromeOS.
Chromebook users can either use the service for free or sign up for a paid Founders membership, which offers them a few advantages. Only premium users are given the opportunity to play games with real-time ray tracing, receive preferential access to the available game sessions and are allowed to play for significantly longer in one go. Free users, on the other hand, can play for a maximum of one hour at a time.
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However, you cannot play PC games for free with the Chromebook. Because Nvidia offers the possibility of game streaming, but you still have to own the games personally. So if you mainly play free-to-play games like CS: GO, Fortnite or Ubisoft's new Battle Royale Hyper Space, you don't actually have to pay a single cent extra. You have to buy games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Death Stranding yourself in order to play them via GeForce Now.
Nvidia Geforce Now: What hardware do I need to be able to use the service?
Nvidia's streaming service is currently available for macOS, Windows PCs, the Nvidia Shield, Android devices and Chromebooks. Nvidia has checked and confirmed the compatibility of the following Chromebooks:
- Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-532-C4ZZ
- ASUS Chromebook Flip C434
- Google Pixelbook Go
- Google Pixelbook
- HP Chromebook x360
- Samsung Chromebook 4+ 15.6 "XE350XBA-
At the same time, the company admits that other Chromebooks also work well with the service, but they have not yet been officially tested.
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Android smartphones, on the other hand, require 2 GB RAM, Android 5.0 or higher and support for OpenGL ES 3.2. Anyone using a Windows PC needs at least 4 GB of RAM, a dual-core processor with a clock rate of at least 2.0 GHz and a graphics card that supports DirectX 11. In other words: Nvidia GeForce Now also runs on old systems as long as you have a suitable internet connection. If you want to play with 720p and 60 FPS, you need around 15 Mbit / s, if you want to play in full HD, you should get at least 25 Mbit / s.
With the support of GeForce Now for Chromebooks, a new and, above all, an inexpensive option should open up for many to finally get into PC gaming. In contrast to normal laptops, entry-level Chromebooks are offered quite cheaply – so you only have to get the game library yourself.