[Update 3: Rolling out for 5 more phones] PlayGalaxy Link lets you stream PC games to your Samsung Galaxy smartphone
During the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch, there was one feature that flew under the radar because of how packed the event was: PlayGalaxy Link. This feature lets you stream games from your computer to your phone. It’s a really great service, especially as we head into the era of 5G connectivity when apps need a lot of bandwidth and low latency.
PlayGalaxy Link is based on a service called Parsec. Samsung worked with Parsec to brand their technology into a Samsung exclusive. PlayGalaxy Link will connect to your Samsung account on both the phone and computer. It will find all the games installed on your computer and list them. You can then select which game you want to play on your phone using the PlayGalaxy Link app. The games will run over 4G, 5G, or Wi-Fi connectivity. This is different than Steam Link which requires you to be on the same wireless network.
Samsung PlayGalaxy Link is only available on the Galaxy Note 10 series of phones right now, but it will likely be released for older devices in the coming months. If you want to use what is essentially the same app but on any smartphone, you can try Parsec instead. Back in November of last year, I made a video on this service. In the video, I showed you how to set it up with your gaming PC and stream to any phone. You can even rent out a cloud PC from one of a few providers if you don’t have a gaming PC to stream from.
Both of these services are actually really great for gamers. You can play PC quality games while you’re on your phone. They’re not hard to use either; they’re essentially plug-and-play.
Update: PlayGalaxy Link available for the Samsung Galaxy S10 series
PlayGalaxy Link has been updated v1.0.5 Beta with support for all the phones in the Samsung Galaxy S10 series, namely the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, Galaxy S10e, and Galaxy S10 5G.
Update 2: Support for 5 More Devices
Samsung has announced that its PlayGalaxy Link service is coming to the Galaxy Fold, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9, and Galaxy A90 in early December 2019. The beta is available in South Korea, US, UK, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Singapore, and Russia. The game controller shown in the press release can only be purchased in the USA and Korea through the Samsung Mobile Accessory Partnership Program, but you’ll be able to game with most Bluetooth or wired game controllers. To get started, visit playgalaxy.com on your PC.
Update 3: Rolling out for 5 more phones
Samsung is rolling out version 1.0.7 of its PlayGalaxy Link streaming service app and it includes support for 5 new phones. The Galaxy Fold, Galaxy S9/S9+, Galaxy Note 9, and Galaxy A90 can now access the service. Other features in this update include the ability to unlock your PC lock screen on mobile and improvements to the mouse feature.
What’s New v 1.0.7
- Available to play on Galaxy Fold, S9, Note9, A90
- Able to unlock your PC lock-screen on mobile
- Improvements for mouse feature
Source: PlayGalaxy Link Beta
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