Felt like you were missing out on the Geforce Now beta because you don’t have a Mac? It’s now available to Windows PC users, too.
I’ve been playing PUBG on a 2011 MacBook Air recently. No, really, I actually have. Not my first choice, I’ll admit, but it’s the easiest way to play duos with Mrs B when we don’t have a second gaming machine in the house; she takes the gaming rig on the big TV, and I play on the little screen.
This is done via Nvidia’s Geforce Now gaming service, which allows you to stream games in your Steam library from Nvidia’s high-end graphics cards in their high-end data centres.
It’s been in beta for a few months now, on Mac OS X, and it largely works quite well. There are few queues, crashes and drop-outs from time to time – and a few PUBG-specific issues, like how it always turns foliage and shadows up to full when you start a new session – but honestly? It’s a pretty good compromise, particularly if you can’t afford or don’t have access to a high-end gaming PC.
And now Nvidia have extended the Geforce Now beta to Windows PCs, meaning anyone can now have a crack at playing top-end games on low-end hardware. Well, nearly everyone – sorry, Linux and Chromebook users, it’s not your turn yet.
The system requirements are largely the same as the Mac version. The key thing you’ll need is a good internet connection – 50Mbps recommended, 25Mbps minimum – and either wired ethernet or 5GHz wireless connectivity to it.
As for the PC? You can use Geforce Now on pretty much any old potato:
- Intel i3 with 3.1GHz or faster CPU
- 4GB of system memory
- GPU that at least supports DirectX 9
- NVIDIA GeForce 600 series or newer
- AMD Radeon HD 3000 series or newer
- Intel HD Graphics 2000 series or newer
And that’s it. Head on over to the beta site to signup, for either PC or Mac.
More from Thumbsticks
- Our favourite CES innovation so far might actually be the most low-tech
- Acer announces AMD Ryzen-powered Nitro 5 gaming laptop
- New Razer Electra V2 headset comes in 3.5mm and USB variants
We have a favour to ask
Thumbsticks has a couple of main aims. We want to write interesting articles and cover games that most outlets won't, and we want to give opportunities to new writers and new voices. And right now, with the current state of online publishing? It's tough! We hate to ask, but if you want us to continue writing what others won't, or to keep covering weird indie games, or to be able to give opportunities to new writers – and only if you can afford it – then please consider supporting us on Patreon.
Recommended for you
Latest from Thumbsticks
Animal Crossing: New Horizons to get a huge free update and paid DLC
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is getting an enormous free content update and a new paid DLC expansion.
Back 4 Blood review
Back 4 Blood is a rip-roaring zombie killing time, but without the right zombie slayers by your side, it's an...
Batman returns to Rocket League today
Batman returns for this year's Rocket League Haunted Hallows event, which begins today.
New Nintendo Switch releases: October 11-15, 2021 (Updated)
Disco Elysium – The Final Cut and The Good Life are among this week's lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop...
This week’s Xbox Deals with Gold and Sale Highlights
Aliens: Fireteam Elite and games from the Fallout series headline this week's crop of Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S discounts.
Classic Star Wars games to get physical release on Switch and PS4
Aspyr Media is releasing four classic Star Wars games across two physical bundles on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
New PlayStation Store releases: October 11-15, 2021
This week's lineup of PlayStation Store releases includes Jackbox Party Pack 8. Oh, and Back 4 Blood, Crysis Remastered, NHL...
The wonder and fear of radio in video games
There's a childlike sense of wonder to radio. Making an ocean of the sky, radio waves broadcast out like the...