Nvidia rolls out native Apple M1 GeForce Now support

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Nvidia released the GeForce Now 2.0.40 update on Thursday. New features have been added to the game streaming client for users on all platforms, such as sorting games by genre and improved overlay functionality. However, Apple Mac users got the the greatest treatwith the GeForce Now 2.0.40 update which launches native support for the M1 processor family.

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Previously, the GeForce Now (GFN) app ran on M1 Macs through Apple’s Rosetta code translation layer. In short, Rosetta is a useful workaround for Apple, as major apps and games are ported from native x86 code to M1. However, Rosetta’s real-time code translation has side effects that are particularly unwelcome in the gaming world, where speed, responsiveness, and latency can make or break the gaming experience. from Rosetta will, by its nature, use more power than a native application performing the same task directly. So, Mac users should welcome the GeForce Now 2.0.40 update, especially those who have already moved platforms to the M1 architecture.

Nvidia bragged that GFN on Thursday this week was particularly busy, and there was a lot more news than this M1 update. One of the regular highlights of the GFN weekly Thursday publication is new games compatible with the streaming service. Remember that GeForce Now lets gamers play the PC games they already own through accounts like Steam, Epic Games, GOG.com, Ubisoft Connect, and more.

Fourteen new games have been made available to GeForce Now users. Nvidia chose Amazon’s F2P RPG Lost Ark and Dune: Spice Wars as highlights. Nothing else really stands out for us, but there are 12 other newly added titles listed in the Nvidia GFN blog post if you’re interested.

Of course, GFN is a commercial venture of Nvidia, and it’s currently promoting its premier RTX 3080 membership tier. Now, GeForce Now subscription gift cards can be used to purchase two-, three-, and six-month GFN RTX 3080 subscriptions, or a priority subscription. There is also a special GFN offer where you can receive the “Heroic Edition” of ArenaNet’s critically acclaimed F2P MMO RPG Guild Wars 2.

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Apart from the native Mac M1 client and the newly added games, there are a few new features that all GFN users might enjoy. First, Nvidia added a Genre button to help you quickly find and sort your game library. It joins the already extensive existing filtering options, and users with large game libraries can apply multiple filters to narrow down their lists. Second, GFN members now have access to an improved streaming stats overlay that includes server-side rendering frame rates (see screenshot above).

Nvidia’s GeForce Now is available as an app for PC, Mac, Android (enhanced on Shield TV), and Chromebook devices. Where no native app is available, you may find that your GFN will work fine through your alternative modern platform browser (eg Safari browser on iPhone and iPad).

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