Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service gains native Apple silicon support

Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming service now runs natively on Apple silicon Macs, bringing much faster performance and lower power consumption.

The Home Screen of Nvidia GeForce Now cloud gaming service set against the macOS Big Sur wallpaper
  • Nvidia is updating GeForce Now with Apple silicon support so you can now play cloud games at fun speed on M1 Macs instead of slower Rosetta emulation.
  • Native support for Apple silicon Macs requires GeForce Now version 2.0.40. This will be a staggered release that will begin rolling out soon.
  • GeForce Now is available for $10/month in the United States as a native macOS app or a web-based one. The service delivers real-time gameplay from the cloud to your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Windows PC, Android and Nvidia’s Shield TV.

Nvidia has announced an update for its GeForce Now cloud gaming service with native support for Apple silicon Macs, including all M1 models like the 24-inch iMac and Mac Studio. The M1 chip was previously supported via slower Rosetta emulation. With GeForce Now version 2.0.40, however, the cloud gaming service now runs natively on any M1 Mac. The benefits of native vs. Rosetta include much faster performance and lower power consumption, Nvidia says, as well as faster app launch speeds. Read: How to live stream to Twitch from iPhone, iPad and Mac

The update will be released soon, according to the Nvidia blog. Those who already have the app installed can check for updates within the app, or wait until a prompt comes up offering them to install the latest update. Amazon’s Lost Ark is about to join the GeForce Now catalog so this is a timely update. Other improvements in GeForce Now 2.0.40 include a new “Genre” row at the bottom of the “Games” menu and a bunch of under-the-hood tweaks and fixes.

Nvidia launched GeForce Now on February 5, 2020, bringing a rich selection of PC games to Apple’s platforms for the first time, with support for cloud gaming through the Safari browser on iPhone and iPad. The service’s catalog now offers hundreds of quality games to stream across platforms, including titles like Fortnite, God of War, Dune: Spice Wars, Lost Ark and others—all in exchange for a small monthly fee.

You can download the GeForce Now client for your system at the Nvidia website.