Cloud gaming is quickly becoming the new trend for companies, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now is one of the main options. However, Nvidia’s offering falls behind alternatives like Xbox Game Pass in one huge way: the complete lack of touch controls.
In a new update, Nvidia has finally addressed that issue, bringing touch controls to the service. Unfortunately, it is a mediocre attempt that isn’t worth celebrating.
What Nvidia GeForce Now games have touch controls?
For the first wave of touch capable games, Nvidia has only added touchscreen functionality to a small number of titles. In the disappointing move, a minuscule number of just 13 games can be played with touch.
Furthermore, Nvidia’s touch control latch has been split across mobile and tablet. All thirteen games are available to play on a large screen tablet. However, only some games are available to play on a mobile screen. Those games are as follows:
Available on Mobiles and Tablets
- Trine 2: Complete Story
- Slay the Spire
- Dota Underlords
- Into the Breach
- Papers, Please
- Tabletop Simulator
- March of Empires
- Door Kickers
- Bridge Constructor Portal
- Shadowrun Returns
- Monster Train
- Talisman: Digital Edition
- Magic: The Gathering Arena
Games with mobile ports already?
Curiously, a large number of games that have been given touch controls are games that already have mobile ports. Instead of bringing touch support to titles unseen on Android, Nvidia is simply giving us a new way to play them.
Titles like Papers, Please and Into the Breach have full mobile ports, the latter available in a Netflix subscription. Bizarrely, Magic the Gathering: Arena only has touch controls on tablets with Nvidia GeForce Now. This is despite the fact that the game has a fully functioning mobile port that works on smartphones. In fact, it’s one of the best mobile card games around.
It’s a very weird situation, and one that we very much dislike. However, we can’t fault Nvidia for at least trying to give us more ways to play on mobile, even if those ways are comically stupid.