Nvidia is now unlocking access to its GeForce Now streaming service on Microsoft Edge, allowing Xbox owners to play Steam PC games on their consoles. GeForce Now includes access to over 1,000 PC games, and Nvidia has finally started supporting the Edge browser which now ships on Xbox in a beta update to GeForce Now today.
It brings the dream of playing PC games on an Xbox closer to reality, as the result is easy access to stream PC games on an Xbox. Since the basic GeForce Now service is free, you can stream popular PC games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DOTA 2, and League of Legends at 1080p for a one hour session.
I’ve been able to do this in the past using Parsec, which is basically a remote desktop app that lets you stream what’s on your PC to a browser. GeForce Now is a much better solution because it doesn’t depend on owning a PC that can run these games, and you just log into the service through the browser and launch the games.
What makes this all the more interesting is that the Edge browser on Xbox also supports mouse and keyboard input, so you can play some games that don’t even support the controller. Not the most ideal experience on Xbox right now as the virtual keyboard pops up when you click and the latency is not ideal for multiplayer games.
Microsoft’s Xbox manager, Phil Spencer, has recently committed to bring full PC games to Xbox through the company’s Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) service. We still don’t know when these will finally arrive, but GeForce Now in the browser is the best alternative until they do.
With Nvidia extending 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 as well.