How to Play Smart TV Games

Who needs a console with game apps for smart TVs?

Are you a dedicated PC or console gamer looking to streamline your setup? With Smart TVs and streaming content, you can play almost any game right on your TV with just a wireless keyboard or Bluetooth controller.

Here's how to access some of the most popular game apps for your LG or Samsung Smart TV.

How to Play Samsung Smart TV Games

There are dozens of games available to play directly on your Samsung Smart TV. Many of these games are free and can be played with a standard tv remote control.

Samsung has also partnered with game streaming services like GameFly and Steam to stream major titles right to your Smart TV. You can also purchase games and related items directly through your Smart TV.

  1. Press the Smart Hub button on your TV's remote to open Samsung Smart Hub.

  2. Select the APPS icon.

  3. Navigate to the top of the page and select the magnifying glass icon.

  4. Search for a specific title or search for "game" if you’re just browsing.

  5. Select the game you wish to play, then select Install and wait for the app to download.

  6. Play the game.

People streaming games through their Smart TV.
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How to Play Samsung TV Games Using Steam Link

Created by Valve, Steam Link is one of the most popular game streaming services for PC users and cord cutters. The app is available to download on a variety of devices, but Valve has partnered directly with Samsung to stream Smart TV games. While installing and using a Steam Link is easy, you need a Steam account to use the app.

If you decide to stream high-quality PC games through your Smart TV, please be aware that you will need a router capable of handling at least 5 GHz of bandwidth.

  1. Press the Smart Hub button on your TV's remote to open Samsung Smart Hub.

  2. Select the APPS icon.

  3. Navigate to the top of the page and select the magnifying glass icon.

  4. Search for "steam link."

  5. Select Install and wait for the app to download.

  6. Open Steam Link and follow instructions for synching the Bluetooth controller or keyboard.

  7. Connect the Steam Link to your existing Steam Account. You can now streams games on your Samsung Smart TV.

How to Download and Play LG Smart TV Games

Here's how to stream and play games on an LG Smart TV.

  1. Press the Home button on the remote, then select the icon represented by three slashes to launch the LG Content Store.

  2. Navigate to the top and select Search.

  3. Search for "games" or browse through the titles.

  4. Once you've chosen a game, select Install and wait for it to download.

  5. Once the game has finished downloading, you can open it and begin playing. Have your remote control or LG Magic Remote ready.