How to Stream A Steam Game on A Device
What happens if you stream a steam game on your Windows desktop PC but want to continue the game from another part of the house or even outside the house? Using Fumer, Valve’s PC game destination, you can get around the first part of this dilemma using Steam Link, a home game streaming solution that uses your local area network. And now there is also a way to get around the second one – with a few warnings.
While the recent version of Steam Deck has provided players with a new way of playing games away from their desks, the Steam Link function allows you to broadcast your games from anywhere using an Android or Apple device with an Internet connection (RIP Steam Link Box). Even if Steam Link has not been in beta version for some time, service can still be a difficult battle, even for experienced users, so don’t be surprised if you encounter inconsistent connectivity or performance.
So let’s start configuring the Steam game streaming from one office to another or between your desk and your mobile device.
Make sure you have a good router or a wired Ethernet.
It may be self-evident, but your network must be robust – if your Wi-Fi is weak, slow, congested, or with too much interference, you will not see good results. With a wired Ethernet connection at both ends, Steam game streaming may seem practically transparent inside your own home, but it can be completely unplayable with a bad wireless connection. Keep this in mind.
Configuration of your Steam client applications for streaming
- Before streaming (at home or otherwise), you will probably want to download or update the latest version of the Steam desktop client for the best experience. If you’re going to broadcast games on your phone, download the Steam link client to your Android or Apple device. And if you are posting on another Windows MacOS computer, all you need is to install the last Steam client there, without additional software required.
- If you are broadcasting on a mobile device, access the parameters of the Steam Link application on your phone and select “Other computer. A four-digit PIN code will appear on your screen, which you will enter on the desk to complete the coupling process. If you use two PCs, you will not need to couple them to broadcast at home; connect to the same account on the same network.
- Using the desktop Steam client, in the “Remote Reading” menu, select “Appear Steam Link”, then enter the code displayed on your phone. Ensure you are on the same network and follow the configuration wizard until the coupling process is complete.
- At this point, you start broadcasting, but first, I recommend that you define a four-digit PIN code to secure your connection between all remote applications and your PC. After all, you entrust your computer’s total control to another device, so you need to apply reasonable security measures. Here’s how to set a PIN code for Steam Link :
- On the same page of parameters “Remote reading” as previously, select the button “Define the security code.
- Then define a four-digit PIN code by entering it in both fields, then click the “OK” button.
Whenever you try to broadcast at home or from a distance, you will have to enter the PIN code.
You have finally completed the configuration process! As long as you stay connected to the two Steam customers, you should be able to quickly use the Steam Link streaming when you are on your local network – or on the public Internet, from your phone—more on this subject below.
How to broadcast remote games using Steam Link
- First, you will need an Internet connection with excellent download speeds. Even if Comcast gives you 150 Mbps, downloads of 5 Mbps will not cut it when you download a high-resolution video stream to the cloud.
- You can start broadcasting games on the Internet if you have this connection and your devices are coupled (see previous steps).
- Start the Steam Link application and select the computer you added previously to broadcast from a mobile.
- Select “Start playing”, enter your four-digit PIN code and press “Connect. Assuming your host PC is not asleep, it should go into Steam Big Picture mode while simultaneously broadcasting a stream on your phone. In my experience, there is a slight delay in-camera and input controls when used on an LTE mobile connection, but this may vary depending on your network and location.
- In addition, you can select different control methods in the Steam Link mobile application. From the application start screen, press Settings, then “Controller. You can stick to Steam’s surprisingly robust and customizable touch entry or couple a controller to your phone that the host PC will recognize.
How to broadcast games at home using Steam Link
- The streaming of games on your home network is identical to streaming on the Internet. You need to be connected to Steam (using the same account and the same network) on both devices, whether mobile or office.
- Select a match from your library on the receiving device with your Windows or PC host (from where the game is broadcast) and your broadcast destination (Android phone, another PC, etc.) configured; select a match from your library on the receiving device. On Windows or macOS desktops, this would involve accessing your game library and clicking on “Streamer” on one of your games. On the Steam Link app, press the “Start playing” button.
- The host PC and the receiver should now display identical flows from the game in question.