NVIDIA’s Cloud Gaming Service GeForce NOW Shamelessly Ignores Linux

NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming service is something promising for gamers who probably don’t have the hardware but want to experience the latest and greatest games with the best possible experience using GeForce NOW (stream the game online and play it on any device you want).

The service was limited to a few users (in the form of the waitlist) to access. However, recently, they announced that GeForce NOW is open to all. But, it really isn’t.

Interestingly, it’s not available for all the regions across the globe. And, worse- GeForce NOW does not support Linux.

Nvidia Geforce Now Linux

GeForce NOW is Not ‘Open For All’

The whole point of making a subscription-based cloud service to play games is to eliminate platform dependence.

Just like you would normally visit a website using a web browser – you should be able to stream a game on every platform. That’s the concept, right?

Nvidia Geforce Now

Well, that’s definitely not rocket science – but NVIDIA still missed supporting Linux (and iOS)?

Is it because no one uses Linux?

I would strongly disagree with this – even if it’s the reason for some to not support Linux. If that was the case, I wouldn’t be writing for It’s FOSS while using Linux as my primary desktop OS.

Not just that – why do you think a Twitter user mentioned the lack of support for Linux if it wasn’t a thing?

Geforce Now Twitter 1

Yes, maybe the userbase isn’t large enough but while considering this as a cloud-based service – it doesn’t make sense to not support Linux.

Technically, if no one games on Linux, Valve wouldn’t have noticed Linux as a platform to improve Steam Play to help more users play Windows-only games on Linux.

I don’t want to claim anything that’s not true – but the desktop Linux scene is evolving faster than ever for gaming (even if the stats are low when compared to Windows and Mac).

Cloud gaming isn’t supposed to work like this

Ge Force Now

As I mentioned above, it isn’t tough to find Linux gamers using Steam Play. It’s just that you’ll find the overall “market share” of gamers on Linux to be less than its counterparts.

Even though that’s a fact – cloud gaming isn’t supposed to depend on a specific platform. And, considering that the GeForce NOW is essentially a browser-based streaming service to play games, it shouldn’t be tough for a big shot like NVIDIA to support Linux.

Come on, team green – you want us to believe that supporting Linux is technically tough? Or, you just want to say that it’s not worth supporting the Linux platform?

Wrapping Up

No matter how excited I was for the GeForce NOW service to launch – it was very disappointing to see that it does not support Linux at all.

If cloud gaming services like GeForce NOW start supporting Linux in the near future – you probably won’t need a reason to use Windows (*coughs*).

What do you think about it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • My theory on this is that it’s part of industry bribery. Microsoft has silently been writing and making other companies write ToS documents that make it impossible to legally service machines that do not run their Windows OS, this is more than apparent with the events that led to Windows Refund Day where absolutely nothing happened as it was buried in the pile of media that networks would rather have people look at.

    The only way to stop this is to try and change the law around the consumerism tied to computers so that in the ideal scenario we can buy computers new without any OS installed and be free to purchase the OS of our choice instead of automatically purchasing machines that come with Windows.
    In reality Microsoft proves ineffective at creating a safe OS and Apple asking for a kidney just for a phone, these are reasons why the Linux userbase has been growing over the years and should not be ignored.

  • Think of it like this…. If Nvidia did everything perfectly, it would not leave room for the competition. The entire thing should be browser-based like Statia.

  • I totally agree. Geforce now isn’t a complicated, large program, so putting it on linux should be easy, especially for Nvidia. Maybe MicroSoft pp payed them to not support it.