GeForce Now just made Mac gaming a whole lot easier
Nvidia's cloud gaming tech unlocks your Steam account on macOS.
Gaming on a laptop is never fun, but doubly so if that laptop
is a MacBook. MacOS has only recently started playing nicely
with Steam, and even then Apple's operating system is pretty
selective about which titles it'll run. GeForce Now solves both
those problems, offloading the heavy lifting to a graphics card
in the cloud.
The service offers GTX 1080-class performance in over 100 games,
including big names that haven't yet made the jump to macOS like
Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, Blizzard's Overwatch and The
Witcher 3. 30ms lag means you'd struggle to notice you're
watching a video instead of raw gameplay (trust us, we've tried
it) and because everything is stored in the cloud, you don't
have to wait ages for your games to install either. Just log
into your Steam or battle.net
account, click play, and you're
away. Controller support is a bit iffy right now (thanks, macOS)
but Nvidia has a few workarounds if you can't survive with mouse
and keyboard alone.
The best bit? While it's in beta, GeForce Now will be completely
free - so there's no excuse for missing out on play time when
you're away from your beefy gaming PC.
The worst bit? Good luck getting this to work here in Australia,
as the minimum connection required is 25Mbps, while Nvidia
recommends 50Mbps for the best performance. And, on top of that,
you really do need to be close the servers - which are so far
only in North America and Europe.