03:26 am
22 October 2020

All of the Computer to Phone Streaming Apps

All of the Computer to Phone Streaming Apps

It’s a new age. Streaming technology means we have drastically improved access to our games. One option is to stream games from your computer to your phone. Today, we’re going to take a look at the phone streaming landscape. There are currently five apps available for both Android and iOS that allow you to stream games from your computer to your phone. We’ll discuss their features, performance, and advantages and disadvantages. We also wanted to test controller compatibility with each app, so you’ll see four controllers listed under each app, in addition to on-screen controller support. All of the apps and programs on this list are entirely free. So we encourage you to test them for yourself to see which gives you the best performance and capabilities.

When you’re finished with this article, read our feature on how to attach your phone to your controllers.

Parsec

🖥️Host | ✅Windows ✅Mac ✅Linux

🎮Controllers | ✅Xbox ✅DualShock 4 ❌Steam ✅Stadia ❌On-Screen

✅💻Remote Desktop | ❌📲Quick-Boot Games | ✅🌐Inter-Network Play

Parsec is the only app of the options that is not available for iOS. But if you have an Android device, you’re in luck. Parsec is one of the few apps that can stream games from your Mac or Linux computer, and it does a very good job. The stream performs quite smoothly for me, having only occasional sound hiccups.

Unique to Parsec, you can also join games in the Arcade. The Arcade is full of local-multiplayer games hosted by other Parsec users. That’s right; you can play local multiplayer games over the Internet on your phone with a controller. You don’t even need a computer, just a controller. You could download the Parsec app now and start playing. It’s rad.

Finally, as with all other apps in this list, you can access your computer from an entirely different network. Say you’re away on vacation; you could launch Parsec and play games remotely from your computer at home, all from the comfort of your bungalow.

The greatest flaw of Parsec, in its current form, is that there is no way to quickly boot games from your PC. Launching the Parsec app takes you to the remote desktop. You’ll need to tap your screen (like a mouse) to navigate your desktop environment and launch the game of your choice.

Find out more about Parsec in our Profile.


Rainway

🖥️Host | ✅Windows ❌Mac ❌Linux

🎮Controllers | ✅Xbox ✅DualShock 4 ❌Steam ✅Stadia ✅On-Screen

✅💻Remote Desktop | ✅📲Quick-Boot Games | ✅🌐Inter-Network Play

Rainway is only for Windows, but if you have the means, I highly recommend it. It has silky smooth performance, and features an on-screen controller if you don’t have one handy. Rainway also lists you’re most recently played games upfront, so you can launch straight into them without messing with a remote desktop.

One quirk about Rainway that I would like them to change is that audio will continue to play over your computer’s speakers while using the app. Rainway and Steam Link mute your computer for you, which is a nice feature for avoiding echo if you’re playing nearby.

Find out more about Rainway in our profile.


Steam Link

🖥️Host | ✅Windows ✅Mac ✅Linux

🎮Controllers | ✅Xbox ✅DualShock 4 ✅Steam ✅Stadia ✅On-Screen

✅💻Remote Desktop | ✅📲Quick-Boot Games | ✅🌐Inter-Network Play

Steam Link has it all. Support for all operating systems and phones; inter-network play; complete controller support; and big picture mode for navigating and playing your Steam library. But not just your Steam library. You can add non-Steam games to your library and play those too. And the performance is fantastic.

Steam Link also has the most robust support for on-screen controllers. So if you’re lacking a controller to play with, Steam Link might be your best option.

Find out more about Steam Link in our profile.


Moonlight

🖥️Host | ✅Windows ❌Mac ❌Linux

🎮Controllers | ✅Xbox ✅DualShock 4 ❌Steam ✅Stadia ❌On-Screen

❌💻Remote Desktop | ✅📲Quick-Boot Games | ✅🌐Inter-Network Play

Moonlight uses NVIDIA technology, so an NVIDIA graphics card on a PC is required to play. But if you have one, it’s yet another great option for streaming games to your Android or iOS device. For you, it may even be the best option. You’ll have to try to find out.

Find out more about Moonlight in our profile.


Remotr

🖥️Host | ✅Windows ❌Mac ❌Linux

🎮Controllers | ✅Xbox ✅DualShock 4 ❌Steam ❌Stadia ✅On-Screen

❌💻Remote Desktop | ✅📲Quick-Boot Games | ✅🌐Inter-Network Play

Remotr is the only app that is ad-supported. They’re fairly unobtrusive, though, but with so many other great options, it’s hard to recommend Remotr. It’s still free, though, and maybe it will perform best for your setup, so give it a shot.

Find out more about Remotr in our profile.


A phone clip or mount makes playing computer games on your phone a whole lot easier. Read how to do it in our feature.

You no longer need to be tied down to your computer. With a phone and a free app, maybe a controller too, you can play your computer games anywhere. I hope this article helps expose this freedom to more people. If you find success playing games remotely, let us know on Twitter or at contact@ninthgen.com