Steam Remote Play allows games to be played on a PC while being played from another device(s) connected to Steam. With Remote Play Together, you can gather your Steam Buddies in your local co-op sessions remotely without owning or downloading the game. Remote Play access can be extended to any supported device with the app installed by utilizing the Steam Link app.
How To Remote Play Steam?
Steam Remote Play allows you to connect to a game on one PC when the actual game is running on another PC elsewhere. Using Steam, game audio and video are launched on the remote PC and transmitted to the device. Furthermore, the input (keyboard, mouse, gamepad) is conveyed from your PC to the game process on the original PC.
Any two devices using Steam can launch a gameplay session, which enables playing games on systems that would typically not run those games. So, for example, a Windows-only game could be streamed from a Windows PC to a Steam Machine operating on Linux.
A graphically intense game could be streamed from a robust gaming device in the office to the limited-performance laptop you are using in your room. With Steam, you can even launch a game on one PC, move on to a more comfortable area of the house, and continue playing it there.
Do Your Favorite Games Support Remote Play?
If a game supports Remote Play, it will be listed on its own Steam store page. From the game features on the right side of the page, you’ll see which devices are supported, along with whether or not the remote feature is supported.
How to Use Remote Play?
Remote Play Anywhere
- Create an account and log in to the Steam page on the computer with the downloaded game you wish to play.
- Now, Log in to Steam on another PC or a supported device using the Steam Link app.
- From there, you can play the game from your Steam Library.
Remote Play Together
- Launch the game.
- Have your friend log in to Steam from a supported PC.
- Launch your Steam Overlay in-game by pressing(shift+tab).
- From your friend’s list, select ‘Remote Play Together.’
- After your friend receives the invite, they will be in session with you.
Want to Improve Your Streaming experience?
For the computer running the game, we recommend a minimum of a quad-core CPU. In addition, the primary device should have a GPU that can handle hardware-accelerated H264 decoding. Any recent laptop or PC should meet these requirements.
We recommend utilizing a wired network for the optimal, smooth streaming experience. However, people have had success with wireless networks as well. N and AC networks with a good signal, though your experience may differ.
One of Remote Play Stream’s many features is that it allows you to change several things that can influence your experience. For example, you can change your preference for speed vs quality, limit the network bandwidth, and modify the maximum capture resolution.
To enhance your experience, consider going into your game settings, reduce your resolution, and turn off vertical sync.
Steam remote play was created to require minimal setup from the secondary PC, provided the game you are trying to launch is already running correctly on the primary PC. If you are experiencing an issue, try fixing it by following the troubleshooting info below. If you continue to experience the issue or are confronted by an issue that isn’t included here, consider reaching out and submit a comprehensive report to Steam Support.
It’s always a good idea to go through this troubleshooting setup process to ensure you are ready to properly use Remote Play.
- First, make sure Steam is up to date on both devices. If you are using the Steam Link app, follow the proper setup guide.
- Now, from the PC launching the Remote Play session, you’ll want to run the game at least once to make sure it’s up to date and working perfectly.
- Make sure you are logged in to the same Steam account on the remote device if you use Remote Play Anywhere. From there, you should see the game listed as installed, with the choice to ‘Stream’ instead of ‘Play.’
- If you are using Remote Play Together, your friend should be able to see you in-game in their friends’ list. You should see them online.
- If the game supports Remote Play Together, open the overlay in-game (shift+tab) and summon your buddies from the friends’ list.
If remote play still isn’t running as smoothly as it should, you’ll want to look at the common issues for more info. But, of course, if that fails, you can always reach out to Steam Support and submit a report. We ask that you provide as many details as possible, including the exact steps you took to set up your connection. That way, they’ll be able to better assist you and provide a viable solution.
It’s time to boot up your PC and play some multiplayer games on Steam! Steam is the hottest game client on PCs, and its newest, Remote Play Together, is as great as it gets. It lets gamers play local multiplayer games online. One player streams the game to another player’s device, and the two can sit back and indulge in some couch co-op games without being in the same house.