PC’s large collection of games beats mobile’s. At the conclusion of a long day, the couch is oh-so-inviting. Play PC games on a TV with the correct app. Mobile devices? Steam Link, Moonlight, and AMD Link help.
You must choose among these alternatives. Moonlight provides greater control settings than Steam Link, which is platform-agnostic. It lacks Steam Link’s rumbling feature. AMD Link has nice settings but is jankier in my experience.
Touch controls are rarely great, as any smartphone gamer can tell you. A gamepad improves the experience. Bluetooth gamepads should work. Just pair it with your iPhone or Android device through Bluetooth settings.
Use an Apple-approved iPhone MFi controller instead. Android users can use a wired controller, like an old Xbox 360, by inserting it into a USB OTG cable (Micro USB or USB-C).
I suggest a Gamevice controller. It turns your device into a Nintendo Switch-like console. Gamevice has device-specific controllers. Gamevice helped design the Razer Kishi.
If your iOS or Android smartphone is on the same network as your PC, the Steam Link app is easy to set up. First, it scans your network for Steam PCs and lists them.
Tap your PC to get a 4-digit phone PIN. Enter this PIN in Steam’s pop-up to connect. It tests the network’s speed, then takes you to the homepage.
Start streaming in Big Picture Mode from your PC by tapping Start Playing. Your phone mirrors Steam on your computer. Start a game from your collection. Remote Play Together lets you play with friends.
Steam Link’s webpage has the settings. I recommend exploring the Streaming option, where you can alter the video quality to Fast if your network is choppy or Beautiful for better graphics and tweak other technical parameters.
If you tap the More button at the bottom, you’ll get further settings, like which screen to show when you launch Steam, and more.
Many iOS controllers don’t have clickable thumbsticks, so you’ll need to press Menu + X and Menu + Y. It’s clumsy but functional.
Moonlight(Opens in a new window) is an open-source programme for iOS, Android, and Chrome that reverse-engineers Nvidia’s GameStream functionality (instead of just the officially supported Nvidia Shield). PCs need Nvidia cards.
If you choose Moonlight, install the newest Nvidia GeForce Experience. GeForce Experience > Settings > Shield. On GameStream.
Next, download Moonlight. The programme should list your GameStream-enabled PCs when you start it. If your PC’s IP address doesn’t show instantly, tap Add Host.
Moonlight gives you a PIN to enter in a PC pop-up. Click Connect to see your device’s streaming-ready games. Tap one, and it should start playing on your device, including gamepad compatibility if you have one plugged in or linked.
If you don’t see the game you want, open GeForce Experience on your PC, navigate to Settings > Shield, and click the Add button to manually add a game. If you want to make it attractive, click Edit in GeForce Experience.
Moreover, If you want the greatest experience, change a few options. Android has more Moonlight settings than iOS, but most users should alter resolution and framerate. 1080p at 60Hz is optimum for visuals and smooth playback, however 720p or 30Hz may help with choppy streams.
AMD Link is for Radeon graphics cards. Radeon Settings links your iOS or Android mobile to your Radeon-powered PC via QR code. You may adjust performance and quality to 1080p and 60fps.
This service may turn your mobile device into a secondary screen for simple monitoring and capturing. You can stream more than Steam games, play co-op, and work with other PCs.
I suggest Steam Link. Most games ran smoothly, but a couple experienced issues (like a black screen). Moonlight or AMD Link can help with difficulties or missing features. My tests showed comparable graphics and streaming, although it depends on your device and network.
Streaming technology is new and won’t be ideal. Streaming may be laggy or useless even on a fast network. You may hear a pop and see fuzzier graphics than on a PC.
Having a wired connection on your PC can improve network dependability and performance. If you’re trying to stream games, tell your roommate to stop watching Netflix.
Playing Tomb Raider from anywhere in the house may take some work.
There are alternatives to streaming Steam games or PC games in general. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can stream Xbox games to their mobile devices using Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Remote Play lets you link your mobile device to Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Using touch-screen controllers, you could play Xbox and PlayStation PC games on your phone.