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Steam game sync on GeForce Now for Chromebooks may make it a better option than Stadia
Steam gaming on Chromebooks

Steam game sync on GeForce Now for Chromebooks may make it a better option than Stadia

Last month, Nvidia debuted a special site for Chromebook users to stream and play PC games at a lower monthly price than paid Stadia Pro accounts. This month, a small tweak to GeForce Now for Chromebooks could make a big difference on which gaming service you might use. If you have a game library with Steam, you’ll probably lean towards Nvidia’s offering because you can now sync those game titles from Steam to GeForce Now.

I caught wind of this news on 9to5 Google and since I have a Steam account, hit the GeForce Now site on my Chromebook immediately to verify. Yup, the option is there and I gave it a quick test.

All I had to do was click the option for Game Sync and then sign in to my Steam account. Five seconds later, my PC titles appeared on the GeForce Now site under “My Library” and I was able to fire up a streaming session immediately.

Steam gaming on Chromebooks

Not only can I play my previously purchased titles, my game save data is in the Steam cloud, so I can pick up in any game where I left off on the gaming PC rig I built a few months back.

Steam launches on Chromebooks

For me and other Steam users, this is kind of like the best of both worlds: The game streaming service offered by Google Stadia and the broad game title availability of Steam all wrapped into one. Of course, GeForce Now also includes roughly 100 games with the monthly plan, although those titles do rotate from time to time.

Who would have thought than in less than a year, we went from no true PC gaming options on Chromebooks — sorry, Android games don’t quite compare — to a pair of them, each with different pros and cons? Regardless of which streaming game platform you choose, both of these have added some long awaited entertainment and fun to Chromebooks.

About the author

Kevin C. Tofel has covered technology since 2004. He's used ChromeOS since Google debuted the CR-48 in 2010, reviewing dozens of Chromebooks since then. He worked for Google's Chrome Enterprise team from 2016 to 2017, supporting the launch of Android app support. In his free time, he uses Chromebooks to learn software engineering at Launch School. In 2019, Kevin joined the CS Curriculum Committee at his local community college.

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One thought on “Steam game sync on GeForce Now for Chromebooks may make it a better option than Stadia

  1. I have both. G4N founders for most of my old games, Stadia for most of the new ones. I like being able to play on my TV, and G4N doesn’t handle quite as well for me. Streaming is the future.

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