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You can now stream PC games to your rooted Android device via Moonlight

Source: XDA
Source: XDA
Using the new Moonlight app, you can set your Android phone to spoof an NVIDIA Shield device, allowing for game streaming from your PC. You'll need to root the Android device and have at least an NVIDIA GTX 600-series GPU with support for GameStream.
Sam Medley,

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.


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Sam Medley - Senior Tech Writer - 1171 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2017-06-14 (Update: 2017-06-14)