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GeForce NOW allows (finally) to synchronize Steam games

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Library sync was one of the main features missing from GeForce NOW, the NVIDIA-branded cloud gaming platform. But this is now (partly) old history since it is now possible to automatically extract compatible titles from your Steam library.

Credit: NVIDIA

The services of cloud gaming have the wind in their sails right now. The main representatives are each expanding their catalog and acquiring new functionalities which gradually eliminate their main shortcomings. Today, NVIDIA is adding a much anticipated feature to its GeForce NOW service with Game Sync, which now allows syncing with your Steam library. So far, for users of GeForce Now, finding compatible Steam games in a library of several hundred games was often a cross. Through this new function, a utility will scan your game library to locate games compatible with Cloud Gaming and automatically add them to GeForce NOW. If this might seem anecdotal, it means that there will no longer be any need to roam obscure forums in search of often contradictory information. To do this, you just need to open GeForce NOW, open the Settings menu and click on the Synchronization icon in the brand new menu Game Sync.

Little by little, cloud gaming is maturing

This incongruity was a good example of these small flaws that still discretely undermine cloud gaming services, and prevent this format from becoming more democratic as quickly as it could. Whether it’s Stadia, GeForce NOW or another competitor, all of them have some more or less obvious flaws that still prevent them from reaching the level of traditional PCs and consoles. Slowly but surely, however, they all strive to gradually erase these incongruities. Admittedly, most seem to be on the right track and this GeForce NOW update seems to suggest that the green team has understood the challenges of this market.

If we haven’t yet arrived at the time Shadow and others will take precedence over traditional formats, it will be interesting to watch the months following the arrival of 5G. Indeed, this technology could well constitute a tipping point for all these platforms… on condition of being ready once this deadline arrives, because it is an understatement if the competition promises to be fierce. It is up to them, therefore, to put the small dishes in the big ones to improve the ergonomics, the accessibility, and the reliability of their services, and especially to convince the developers to follow the movement by developing for these platforms, because the catalog The rickets of most of them are still a big shadow on the picture today.

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