Stream PC Games to Your Android

7 best ways to play

Sometimes, you want to play that fantastic PC game while you're on the go. There are ways to do so that take some of the hurdles out of setting it up while still offering you ways to play your favorite big games on the go. Here are some different methods to stream PC games to Android and other devices.

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Nvidia GameStream

Nvidia GameStream
What We Like
  • No lag streaming.

  • Long battery life.

  • High definition graphics.

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive hardware.

  • Router may limit performance.

  • Heavy-duty games can be buggy.

If you have a PC with an Nvidia graphics card and an Nvidia Shield device, GameStream is the first method you should check out. It's supported natively on Shield devices, and boasts full controller support, with the ability to play games locally or over the internet. Some laptops with hybrid graphics solutions might have issues, but if you have a desktop PC and the Shield Tablet, Portable, or Shield TV, then this is the way to go.

Moonlight

Moonlight
What We Like
  • Works cross platform.

  • Excellent tutorials.

  • Excellent picture quality.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires expensive hardware.

  • Can be difficult to install.

  • Steam games only.

If you have an Nvidia-powered PC but not an Nvidia Shield device, there is an open implementation of GameStream called Moonlight that you could use. Even if you have GameStream, the support for virtual controls here might be useful. A third-party, unofficial solution is going to run into issues because it's an outside implementation. Do not expect the same smoothness or performance that you would get through a typical GameStream device. Still, given how GameStream is well-regarded as a way to stream PC games, this is an excellent option if you use Nvidia products on your PC.

GeForce Now

GeForce Now
What We Like
  • Supports games from multiple sources.

  • Does not require an expensive video card.

  • Easy installation.

What We Don't Like
  • High subscription cost.

  • Requires a high speed internet connection.

  • Interface can be buggy.

Another Nvidia Shield-exclusive product, this allows you to stream games much like the old school OnLive technology did. But if you don't have a powerful gaming computer — or lack one at all. A subscription fee gets you a selection of games you can stream at your leisure, and the performance is quite good. You can even buy some newer titles outright and get PC keys for them to own permanently, not just on the service, including The Witcher 3. It seems to be the future for big games like this, as you can play them at an excellent quality, and streaming video compression is becoming less and less of a factor than ever before. Check it out if you have the capability.

KinoConsole

KinoConsole
What We Like
  • Free to download and use.

  • Works on Android and iOS.

  • Easy to set up.

What We Don't Like
  • Virtual controls are unreliable.

  • Menu navigation is difficult on mobile devices.

  • App is glitchy.

If you don't use Nvidia technology, or if you have issues with GameStream, Kinoni's technology works quite well for playing games remotely. What's great about the PC server is that it has a virtual Xbox 360 controller driver that it installs, so you can easily use a gamepad with your Android device on the go and play your favorite PC games without much issue or setup hassle. Otherwise, there are virtual buttons you can set up. The controller can be a bit fussy with normal PC usage, though.

Kainy

Kainy
What We Like
  • Highly customizable.

  • Helpful video demos.

  • Easy to set up.

What We Don't Like
  • No recent updates.

  • Low video quality.

  • In-game ads.

Kainy is another excellent way to stream PC games, but it is a bit trickier to use than KinoConsole. It doesn't have quite as appealing of an interface for browsing games that Kinoni's software does. And using a controller is a bit trickier to handle than KinoConsole's virtual Xbox 360 controller driver. But if you don't mind diving deep, deep into the settings, and messing around with various configurations and setting buttons up yourself, you'll find yourself with a rewarding product that could work quite well. It comes with a demo version and an ad-supported version that you can try before you go for the premium version.

Remotr

Remotr app at Google Play
What We Like
  • Free to download and use.

  • Works smoothly with some games.

  • Frequent updates.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires strong bandwidth.

  • Requires a high-end graphics processor.

  • Can be difficult to set up.

Remotr is another useful tool for remote playing PC games, and its hook is that it features intuitive touch controls, with touchscreen button presets that can let you play if you don't have a controller handy. You can use a gamepad if you want, but this might be the way to go if you don't have a controller or the other methods give you issues. 

Splashtop Personal

Splashtop website
What We Like
  • High performance.

  • Reliable connection.

  • Works on multiple platforms.

What We Don't Like
  • Can be difficult to install.

  • Clumsy remote controls.

  • Occasional connectivity issues.

Splashtop's remote streaming has been around for a while and focused on low-latency remote computing along with the sound. It is excellent for PC gaming, though you will need the Productivity Pack in-app subscription to unlock the gamepad functionality. Still, this has always worked pretty well, and without much issue, and it might just be the solution you need to play games from your PC over the internet.