Nvidia GeForce NOW Client Gains Official Support for Apple Silicon Macs

Nvidia's GeForce Now game streaming service has been updated to work with Macs powered by Apple silicon, offering official support for both M1-equipped and Intel-based machines for the first time.

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GeForce NOW for Mac lets you use a virtual GeForce GTX gaming PC in the cloud to run games that otherwise may not be possible to play on a Mac. The only requirement is a good internet connection, with the virtual gaming PC handling all of the GPU and CPU requirements.

GeForce NOW integrates with Steam and works with games users already own, in contrast to other gaming services that provide access to a large catalog of games. Users need to purchase the games they play, with GeForce NOW providing the power to play them.

GeForce NOW requires a fast internet connection to use, demanding a 25Mb/s download speed at a minimum and a 5GHz wireless router. Nvidia recommends a 50Mb/s connection or higher to account for other potential internet traffic.

Apart from official support for the new Mac mini, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air models powered by Apple silicon, version 2.0.27 of Nvidia's browser client also adds support for Google Chrome, as noted by XDA Developers.

MacRumors tests NVIDIA GeForce Now on a Mac

GeForce NOW can also be accessed on iPhone or iPad through Safari by visiting the GeForce NOW website. The service is priced at $24.99 for a 6-month Founders membership subscription. Due to high demand, the $4.99 monthly memberships are currently sold out.

2/3 Correction: This article originally reported that GeForce NOW offered native support for Macs with Apple silicon, when in fact the support is "official" (Nvidia's term) rather than native. Apologies for any misunderstanding.

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Reason077 Avatar
43 months ago

It works surprisingly well actually, you just can't use it on WIFI.
I use Stadia over WiFi. It works brilliantly - very rarely any noticeable latency or stutter, even at 4K.

Just make sure you have a strong WiFi signal on a clean 5 GHz band without interference from other networks. Using the DFS bands, if your router supports them, is ideal as there is usually zero interference in my experience.

Pro tip: Option-click on the WiFi icon in your Mac's menu bar to check detailed WiFi connection info. Ideally you want to see something like "DFS, 5GHz, 80 Mhz" under channel, and a high (> 500 Mbps) Tx Rate.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
-DMN- Avatar
43 months ago
Latency will definitely be an issue, look at Google Stadia. But I definitely like this option, instead of maintaining a PC rig which I would otherwise have no use for.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Reason077 Avatar
43 months ago

stadia and GeForce NOW over wifi is trash. constant stuttery connection issues. works better over wired.

I'm 10 feet away with line of sight to my Eero router (wifi 6) just fyi
This is not my experience with Stadia and WiFi.

What WiFi band are you using? Any other nearby networks? What's your Tx Rate and Channel if you option-click on WiFi icon in menu bar?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gudd Avatar
43 months ago
I'm pretty sure that this and all the other news articles are jumping to incorrect conclusions here - either that or our M1 Macs aren't updating correctly. Mine just updated to v2.0.27 and there isn't a whiff of any arm in sight.

The important part from the "Release Highlights" explicitly says:

"Did you get a new Mac with the Apple M1 chip over the holidays? Good news: Our latest v2.0.27 macOS app officially supports these Apple products"

Now, where in those two sentences does it say it runs on Arm or Universal binaries? I think people are jumping to conclusions here! In my view, "supports these Apple products" is a world away from "runs on native Arm binaries on these Apple products"

Is anyone from Mac Rumours able to reach out to Nvidia and actually confirm the accuracy of the news story??

I mean, it would be nice if we're wrong and our apps are just not updating correctly. But I have my doubts.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
leman Avatar
43 months ago

Latency will definitely be an issue, look at Google Stadia. But I definitely like this option, instead of maintaining a PC rig which I would otherwise have no use for.
It works surprisingly well actually, you just can't use it on WIFI.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rychiar Avatar
43 months ago
I’m using GEForce Now to play cyberpunk 2077 on my iMac, I airplay it it to my lg oled in the living room and use an Xbox controller and it it’s smooth and feels like having a console.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)