You can now stream PC games to your rooted Android device via Moonlight
NVIDIA’s GameStream is an awesome feature for remote gameplay, but it has one major drawback - it only works on a small number of devices, like the NVIDIA Shield tablet and Shield TV console. Thanks to some enterprising developers over at XDA, however, you can now stream games from your PC to any rooted Android device via an app dubbed Moonlight.
There are some caveats here: first, your Android device needs to be rooted. Secondly, your PC must have a compatible NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card that supports GameStream. This is because Moonlight takes advantage of the GameStream option to stream gameplay to the NVIDIA Shield. This means you’ll need something from the GTX family (as opposed to the lower-tiered GT cards), and it’ll need to be a 600-series or newer. However, after the initial pairing and setup process is completed, the result is pretty amazing. The developers also state that you can stream gameplay from your PC over any internet connection, provided that it’s fast enough. This means that if you have a strong enough connection, you can play your Steam library from anywhere in the world.
The efficacy of playing games meant for a desktop setup on a smartphone screen with a mouse and keyboard connected via USB OTG is questionable at best, but this could be a good solution if you travel frequently and don’t have or want a gaming notebook to take. Also, streaming gameplay to a powerful tablet may not be too bad a mobile gaming setup. The app also allows for remote desktop control, which may be very useful to some.
In addition to the Android app on the Google Play Store, the team has also developed an iOS version and is currently working on a version for Chrome OS. If you’re interested, you can check out the video below or head over to XDA to find more details about the app, as well as links to the APK.