How to use Nvidia GeForce Now on Chromebook? People may think you can’t play games on a Chromebook. But we’re here to show you how to play with Nvidia GeForce Now, which brings the best games to your Chromebook for free!
“Is it free?” Yes, the basic account currently offers one hour of Nvidia GeForce Now per session for free. Perfect for casual gamers or testing the new Nvidia cloud gaming system.
We’ll show you step-by-step how to install Nvidia GeForce Now on your Chromebook, get your Steam games, get your Epic games, run your UPlay games, add a controller, tweak the settings for better gaming. and you can even try advanced ray tracing lighting effects on the best Chromebooks.
1. Check your compatibility
Officially, GeForce Now supports 1080p at 60fps and requires a 25Mbps broadband connection. You get 720p at 60fps for slower 15Mbps speeds. A 5GHz wireless router is highly recommended.
For Chromebooks, make sure your system is v77 or newer. Type chrome://version in the address bar to check. Look at the top number, if your system is not up to date, update it.
Official hardware requirements to use GeForce Now on a Chromebook: An Intel Core 7th generation or higher with 4GB of memory. But tried on an old (5 years old) Asus Flip C101 with 4GB of memory and it worked. That’s why it’s good for you to try it.
2. Check your game support
Nvidia GeForce Now is not a “universal” cloud gaming system. It should directly support and offer games you may be interested in, even if technically they will be on Steam, Epic, or any of the UPlay game services.
Games can come and go due to tedious licensing issues. If there’s a particular game you’re interested in, get yourself to the “Big Games List”. And see if your game is supported.
The more popular and new a game is, the more likely it is to be listed. If Nvidia supports RTX, the game is one step ahead!
3. Sign Up for Nvidia GeForce Now
You can sign up for Nvidia GeForce Now just to test it on your Chromebook. New games are constantly being added, and many of them are free. All you have to do is create the appropriate accounts.
Creating an Nvidia GeForce Now account Go to the membership page for : and sign up.
There are two basic layers:
Standard (Free): This offers one hour of cloud gaming per session. The total number of available game slots is limited. That’s why paying members come before you in any order.
Priority member: You get ahead of all Standard members in any queue and get up to six hours of extended gaming sessions. RTX ray tracing is available in compatible games.
4. Login to Nvidia GeForce Now
Before continuing, choose a local provider for the best performance.
A link lets you choose other location options, but we think the automatic option would be ideal; Nvidia runs its own servers for the US and European locations. Once selected, you can close this tab and continue with your library.
5. Add a game to your library
To play anything on Nvidia GeForce Now; You need to have a copy of the game already available on a suitable gaming service like Steam, Epic, UPlay.
The homepage offers a small selection of the latest and most popular supported games like Fortnite, Assassins Creed, Hitman, and more.
The easiest way to find a game you want to play; is to use the ‘Find and add your games’ search button on the left.
Click that and a list of possible games will appear as you type. It will list the same game as separate options for Steam/Epic/UPlay. Click the + Library button if it is not yet added to your GeForce Now account.
6. Change your keyboard
Before diving into the game, make sure you set your keyboard to the correct language. The default is a US Keyboard. So anywhere else would be a bad time to enter passwords with symbols. So, click on the Settings gear icon in the top right.
The keyboard settings are at the bottom right, these control the in-game keyboard layout.
You can also force a default screen resolution and bitrate for Nvidia GeForce Now to try and use. This is good for trying different resolutions with your system and trying and pushing a higher bitrate. But the default value should be the best as it is adaptive.
7. First time running
You now have a game linked to your account. You can start it by clicking the green Play button that appears when you hover the mouse over the game icon. Click ‘play’ and GeForce Play Now will attempt to spin a custom gaming rig that takes a few seconds.
If one is not available right now, you will be queued for the next available one.
On first run, you must be signed in to the game service used by GeForce Now for this game.
Right now that could be Steam, Epic or UPlay. Therefore, you will need your username and password. Password managers cannot access the system as it is a sandbox. It may also require any second authentication you use, like Steam Guard.
The next time you run this game, it will directly enter the game, so this is a one-time step.
8. Use a game controller or mouse
You won’t want to play games on a Chromebook’s touchpad. Fortunately, any mouse or game controller you own should work fine on a Chromebook.
For a USB mouse or game controller, this is no more complicated than plugging it in.
For Bluetooth-based controllers, you must first pair your Chromebook with the controller via Bluetooth settings. Click the bottom right Notification area > Bluetooth and switch your controller to ‘Pairing’ mode to connect.
9. Some (Steam) installs…
Note that Nvidia GeForce Now gives you cloud access to your Steam/Uplay/Epic account on a remote server. This account is still waiting for you to log in and install games.
It will also continue to show the full interface, which can be confusing at first, especially for Steam.
For Steam you will at least need to find the ‘Play’ button. This will start the local installation which only takes a second. We had a game (SOMA) that required us to find it in our game library and launch it from there.
Also note that while some in-game graphics options may not work as expected, software gamma options do not. It also doesn’t look nice if the in-game resolution settings don’t match with GeForce Now!
10. Nvidia GeForce RTX ray tracing
At this point you are out of the game! Nvidia GeForce Now displays a colored WiFi icon on the right to warm up poor connection speeds. If you’re on a wireless connection, approach your router if this appears.
If you are using a controller as described earlier, check the controller settings to make sure it is configured correctly.
Nvidia RTX ray tracing is available to users who own games that support the technology and have a paid Founders Membership.
Nvidia RTX will be enabled by default in-game. You can play with the graphics settings of the game and maximize the image quality. Then you can enjoy graphics far beyond the capabilities of your Chromebook!