Get ready to play Steam PC games on your Xbox with Nvidia’s GeForce Now

by Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Nvidia is unlocking access to its GeForce Now streaming service on Microsoft Edge.
  • Thus, Xbox owners will be finally able to play Steam PC games on their consoles.
  • GeForce Now includes unlimited access to more than 1,000 awesome PC games.
  • Some people have been able get similar results in the past as well, using Parsec.
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We can stop keeping our fingers crossed because it’s finally happening. Yes, Nvidia is unlocking access to its GeForce Now streaming service on Microsoft Edge, allowing Xbox owners to play Steam PC games on their consoles.

If you didn’t already know, GeForce Now includes access to more than 1,000 PC games, and Nvidia finally started supporting the Edge browser that now ships on Xbox in a beta update to GeForce Now.

Steam PC games are coming to Xbox

A lot of us dreamt of this day and this new initiative brings the dream of playing PC games on an Xbox a step closer to reality, as the result is easy access to stream PC games to an Xbox.

The base GeForce Now service is free, so you can stream popular PC games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2, and League of Legends at 1080p for an hour-long session.

Some people have been able to do this in the past as well, using Parsec, which is essentially a remote desktop app that lets you stream what’s on your PC to a browser.

However, GeForce Now is a far better solution as it doesn’t rely on you having to own a PC that’s capable of running these games, and you just connect to the service through the browser and launch games.

This is already excellent news, but what makes this all the more interesting is that the Edge browser on Xbox also supports mouse and keyboard input, so you can play certain games that don’t even have gamepad support.

It’s not the most ideal experience on the Xbox right now because the virtual keyboard appears when you click and latency isn’t great for multiplayer games.

Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of Xbox, did say back in April that bringing full PC games to the Xbox through the company’s Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) service will happen.

We still don’t know when those will eventually arrive, but GeForce Now in the browser is the best alternative until they do fulfill the previous promise.

With Nvidia expanding GeForce Now to Edge and even adding an RTX 3080 tier, it would be great to see an official Xbox client for the service, and a way to play these PC games on PlayStation, too.

But who actually knows what the future holds for us? The people at Microsoft surely, but let’s pretend like they don’t either, so that way the surprise will be even bigger.

What is the first Steam game you want to play on your Xbox? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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