Play Valheim Without a Gaming PC!

by Maki . April 11, 2021

Play Valheim Without a Gaming PC!

Valheim is the biggest (and arguably the best) survival game you can play right now. Its multiplayer experience is popular among streamers and therefore getting an absolute ton of coverage in media. Gamers everywhere are raving. Valheim is undeniably all the rage right now and it seems to be everywhere you look. Currently in early access beta, it can only be purchased through Steam and played on Windows or Linux. 

So what if you're a console player and don't have a fancy gaming rig that can handle the lush, pixelated forests of viking purgatory and romantic ocean sunsets that Valheim offers? Well you aren't out of options just yet. If you have a basic PC, Mac, Chromebook, android phone, tablet or iPhone and a simple controller - you just may still have a shot at surviving this realm and proving yourself to the gods!

valheim on steamGone Fishing | Valheim, Steam.

 

Play Valheim without a Gaming PC

In order to play Valheim without an expensive gaming rig, we're going to be leveraging Cloud Gaming. For this tutorial, we'll use the popular (and free) option of Nvidia's Geforce Now. If you're not familiar, Geforce Now is a service that outsources the hard work that a Gaming PC usually takes care of - which is to compute rich videogame data and stream it straight to your device for you! This means that your device has to do little more than just render the video being sent to it, which isn't much more demanding then streaming an HD video. Since this demand is so little, most basic personal devices are capable of streaming Geforce Now games. You'll need to have any one of the following devices available to continue;

 

Device Requirements;

  • A 64-bit Windows computer with Windows 7 or later
  • A Mac running OS 10.10 or later
  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Chrome Browser 77.x or later
  • Android phone or tablet running and Android 5.0 or later
  • Safari Browser on an iPhone running iOS 14.3 or an iPad running OS14.3 or later.
  • Now if you are using a handheld device or would just like to enhance your gaming experience, you can use one of the following gamepads. Click here for a full list of compatible hardware.

 

Compatible Peripherals;

  • Any basic keyboard/mouse combo will do
  • PS4 Dualshock controller or Xbox One controller via USB 

 

To run Valheim smoothly through Geforce Now, you're going to need a stable and snappy connection to the internet. For this service, you will need; 15mbs down or 25mbs down for 1080p 60fps gaming via Ethernet or 5Gz Wifi.

 

Now that you've chosen your device and are connected to that sweet sweet high speed internet, it's Valheim time!

 

How to Play Valheim on Geforce Now

Step 1) Signup for Geforce now

Use a sign-in partner to make this step easier, I used Google.

Optional: Download the Windows or Mac client for Geforce to run more smoothly. Or continue in your browser.

geforce now valheim guide

 

Step 2) Sign up for Steam and buy Valheim (you don't need to download it)

If you already have Steam, sign into your existing account and purchase Valheim for 23$

 

Step 3) Search for Valheim in Geforce Now and add it to your library

You should be prompted to sign in to Steam now to connect your account to Geforce Now.

play valheim with geforce now

 

Step 4) Play Valheim from your library!

Don't be intimidated by the queue, with 100 gamers in front of me, it only took 3 minutes to get in.

valheim on geforce now

 

That's it, you should now be able to play Valheim! You may have to tinker with your controller setup if you've connected one. If you're using a keyboard and mouse - everything should be working smoothly right off the bat.

 

Recommended Graphics Settings for Valheim on Geforce Now

Geforce Now’s free plan isn’t going to allow you to max any graphics settings, not for a game like Valheim anyway. Their premium plan does offer better performance, more dedicated server bandwidth and longer play sessions. I’m sure that it would allow for play in a much higher resolution, particle quality, draw distance etc - but for the sake of my tests, I used the graphics settings you see below;

valheim best graphic settings

Chrome browser version - Was able to host a private world and join a server but there was considerable input lag and graphical performance was poor. Frame rate was also sub par. 

Windows client version - Was able to host a private world and join a server just fine. Input lag was reduced considerably, although not completely gone. Frame rate picked up a bit compared to Chrome.

 

To be honest - I didn’t find the Chrome browser experience satisfactory. It is in beta still and it shows. The windows client version however was much better, although not the former visual glory that I’ve seen Valheim in on my Gaming PC - it’s a worthwhile experience. I suspect that using an Nvidia Shield with a monitor or Tv would be even better. 

 

In Conclusion

The Geforce Now experience with Valheim is enough to scratch the itch of playing the mega popular viking survival game, and with an upgrade to a premium plan and a half decent mouse/keyboard, it’s a legitimate option for anyone who doesn’t own a gaming rig themselves. You can also play any titles that you can find on Steam or the Epic games marketplace this way!

I hope this guide helped you find your way into Valheim today. Please let me know in the comments below what worked, what didn’t and any questions that you might have!


 

Time wasters maki

Written by: Maki

Co-Founder of Time wasters. Japanese action RPG's and couch co-op is my flavor of choice! I spend most time on my Xbox One but my trusty NES is never far away.

Favorite Game: Kingdom Hearts 2 | Read more of Maki's work




Maki .
Maki .

Author



Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


More Articles

Valheim: Finding Haldor the Trader
Valheim: Finding Haldor the Trader

by Sandoozee . July 01, 2021

Nintendo at E3
Nintendo at E3

by Sandoozee . June 22, 2021

There's a lot to take in from any E3 event. We've attempted to wrap up Nintendo's showcase is an easy to scroll through format for you to see what catches your eye! Keep checking back to see updated information about each game as it's released.
No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

by Sandoozee . May 29, 2021

No Man's Sky. This game has gone through hoops to get to where it is today. Having managed to survive the initial flood of (well deserved) poor reviews, they are now in a position to turn that on it's head. Nothing like the original release, NMS is a game that might just eat up every spare second you have.
Game Builder Garage
Game Builder Garage

by Sandoozee . May 23, 2021

Ever fancy yourself maybe building games? Perhaps you've thought about it but never looked into how to get started? Well Nintendo has you covered with their latest release! Game Builder Garage! Game Builder Garage Done in classic Nintendo fashion this "game" walks you through the game creation process.
Nintendo Switch 2?
Nintendo Switch 2?

by Sandoozee . May 22, 2021

We all knew it was coming and finally Nintendo has confirmed it. Although they are still pretty tight lipped on what exactly the newest Switch will be called. Hopefully they learned from the ridiculous naming mistake of the Wii U. Nintendo recently started spending more on R&D saying it was for “the next platform”. Now
Dungeon Full Dive
Dungeon Full Dive

by Sandoozee . May 16, 2021

Now I don't talk about DND much on here and I have never talked about anything that is on Kickstarter but this project warranted a mention. Dungeon Full Dive: Make your tabletop world real! looks like an unbelievable possibility coming to PC and VR. Just watching the video gets me excited about playing a game with frie
Mario Party finally has Online
Mario Party finally has Online

by Sandoozee . May 15, 2021

Not only due to Covid keeping people at home but for so many other reasons Mario Party has not had the option to play against people who aren't sitting right next to you. I guess Nintendo Finally realized that they were failing badly at the "Party" side of Mario party and have updated the issue! Battle your friends to find out who really is the super star.
Super Mario 3D All Stars - Mario Sunshine
Super Mario 3D All Stars - Mario Sunshine

by Sandoozee . April 27, 2021

Although Super Mario Sunshine has been around for a while it still has a large following. Whether you love the game, hate it or haven't played it still plays a major role on the development of the Mario universe. The real question here is, does it hold up to the test of time?
Playstation Play at Home
Playstation Play at Home

by Sandoozee . March 25, 2021

Playstation has come out with everyone's best interests at heart. Our wallets.
With the free release of 10 games for both 2D and the VR experience you're sure to find something that interests you. Assuming that you play Playstation that is.
BeatSaber
BeatSaber

by Sandoozee . March 18, 2021

I spent a lot of time looking into what games were worth spending money on for my VR headset. After a lot of time looking into what was out there and testing out a bunch of free ones I landed on BeatSaber being my first real purchase.
Bait! VR
Bait! VR

by Sandoozee . March 11, 2021

Free games tend to be a large hit or miss market. There are some out there that are far too fun and should be charging something. While others aren’t worth the time it takes to download them. Bait is something that falls into the category of being worth the effort.
Mario Day!!
Mario Day!!

by Sandoozee . March 10, 2021

Once a year Nintendo's lead character graces us with discounts! Mario Day is upon once again so snap up those savings and expand your gaming library.
Oculus Quest 2 Review
Oculus Quest 2 Review

by Sandoozee . March 06, 2021

The initial hurdles of getting into the system can be frustrating. Honestly something that I found a little frustrating was attempting to read my WIFI password and enter it into the VR headset although I can only see where I am typing when I have the headset on. Aside from that the main struggles were just related to learning how to properly function with a headset on. The controls are very comfortable and easy to use making the process easier. After getting past that I got sucked into using the headset way way too much. 
Stardew Valley Split Screen
Stardew Valley Split Screen

by Sandoozee . February 28, 2021

With the latest update to Stardew Valley there’s more reason than ever to get back into the game! Especially if you own it on console. SPLIT SCREEN CO-OP!!!!! This was a long time coming but even so I still am taken back by how much extra enjoyment is added to the game by playing it split screen with my partner.
Ingress Prime
Ingress Prime

by Sandoozee . February 26, 2021

Looking for a mobile game that not only has massive draw but will also get you out of the house? Something that you can play with others and even meet new people through? Ingress from Niantic is the game you're looking for.
Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Mario 64
Super Mario 3D All-Stars: Mario 64

by Sandoozee . February 24, 2021

There are a few games that are a major part of my childhood and Mario 64 is one of the top games of the “throwback” category to me. I remember spending hours trying to get through the simplest of tasks and I'm glad to say that as an adult the game is not so intimidating. Updated with smoother controls really elevates the gameplay to something a lot more enjoyable.
Cyberpunk 2077 | FAQ
Cyberpunk 2077 | FAQ

by Maki . February 14, 2021

Our growing repository of answers to the most frequently asked Cyberpunk 2077 questions on the internet today.
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Throwback
Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Throwback

by Sandoozee . February 14, 2021

So a review of this game would be kinda absolutely useless based on the age of it. It’s been out forever so instead it lands as a Throwback to all those old games that bring back wonderful childhood memories. Much like Super Mario 64, I recall playing Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 obsessively as a child. Although it might not hold up as well as some games, the nostalgia is always nice.
Guide to Fixing Connectivity Issues in Minecraft
Guide to Fixing Connectivity Issues in Minecraft

by Sandoozee . January 26, 2021

Are you having issues playing Minecraft online? There's some fairly basic steps that you can follow to fix that. Follow this guide and start building up those bases!!
No Man's Sky: derelict freighters and freighter upgrades
No Man's Sky: derelict freighters and freighter upgrades

by Sandoozee . January 13, 2021

a quick guide to getting yourself some freighter upgrades in No Man's Sky
Gravity Rush: Attack of the Back Log, Episode 1
Gravity Rush: Attack of the Back Log, Episode 1

by Guest Writer January 10, 2021

alien isolation
PC
Epic Games 15 Days of Free Games!

by Sandoozee . December 17, 2020

Epic games is releasing daily games for free until the end of the year! Keep and eye out and jump on the chance, each game is only available for a day!
Death Stranding Review
Death Stranding Review

by Sandoozee . December 14, 2020

Jump in

Don't have time for this? Click the X, go ahead, it's right there!

If you've got a little time on your hands, enter your best email. No spam, ever. That's a Time Wasters guarantee.

Not convinced? Click here and get to know us first!