The gaming industry has found yet another new way to enable you to play games from your powerful PC on other devices … only this time, all you need is the Google Chrome browser.
Nvidia’s GeForce Experience app, which enables a ton of extras for its GTX graphics cards, is testing a new feature that enables you to share your games with friends over the Internet. This capability works by streaming a game on your system over the Web to any Chrome browser. If your buddy wants to try the latest new release but has a PC with older hardware — or even a Mac — you can invite them over email, and they can start playing immediately.
This Nvidia functionality even works with co-op experiences. You and your friend or family member can both play simultaneously for two-player games. The only limits are that only one person can stream at a time, and the sessions are limited to an hour. But you can do as many sessions as you want.
If you have a GTX GPU, here’s how to do this:
- Download and install the beta version of the GeForce Experience here.
- Boot up the app, and click the arrow on the “Share” button on the top right.
- Enable sharing.
- Launch the game you want to share, hit Alt + Z to bring up the in-game Share menu.
- Hover over the “Stream” option.
- Then click on “Send invite.”
- Pop in the email address of the friend you want to invite, then hit send.
From here, the invitee will have to go into their email to accept the invite and go through a process of installing a particular Chrome plugin. But that’s it — once installed, Chrome should broadcast the video without issue.
Keep in mind that this kind of streaming will require a decent Internet connection, and you’ll probably experience lag if one or both people don’t have the bandwidth.