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NVIDIA opens GeForce NOW to Xbox consoles with Microsoft Edge support

GeForce NOW is now playable on Xbox Series X with the Edge browser. (Image source: Microsoft & NVIDIA - edited)
GeForce NOW is now playable on Xbox Series X with the Edge browser. (Image source: Microsoft & NVIDIA - edited)
Steam games are now playable on Xbox consoles thanks to GeForce NOW support for the Microsoft Edge browser. Compatability remains in beta, so do not expect the smoothest of experiences for the time being.

NVIDIA has brought the GeForce NOW streaming service to the Microsoft Edge browser. While Google Chrome support has provided comparable functionality for PC users, Edge compatibility allows you to use GeForce NOW on Xbox consoles.

As Tom Warren has demonstrated on Twitter, NVIDIA's decision to support Edge means that Steam PC games are now playable from Microsoft's recent consoles, such as CS:GO. Eventually, Microsoft hopes to offer a similar experience with Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud), but it has not confirmed when this will arrive.

Additionally, GeForce NOW supports mouse and keyboard inputs on Xbox. Consequently, you can play games without native controller bindings, which is handy. However, Warren notes that latency is noticeably high when playing FPS titles with a mouse and keyboard, so we would not recommend doing this, currently.

NVIDIA stresses that Edge compatibility remains in beta, so support should improve over time. Input latency hinges on a fast internet connection, though. For example, NVIDIA recommends at least a 15 Mbps connection for 720p/60 FPS gaming or a 25 Mbps one for 1080p/60 FPS gaming. It also states that your device should have less than 40 ms latency from an NVIDIA data centre or 80 ms as a worst-case scenario.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-25 (Update: 2021-10-25)