NVIDIA’s GeForce now is a great service for people who don’t own a lot of games. It lets users stream games from a server with surprisingly low latency. However, for those of you who’ve already paid for a game, you may feel out of luck as your games are stuck on your laptop or gaming PC. Thanks to a new app though, you can get the same experience as GeForce Now but with your own games.
Remotr is a remote desktop client focused around games. You can download it on your computer and make an account. It will scan your PC and find games. It searches your Steam games, as it picked up the ones I installed there, and it also found Minecraft which was installed separately. If there’s a game not in the list or you just want to open a separate program, you can add a game manually.
You can also install the Android client from the Play Store. Once you log in, you’ll see all your active sources and you can find the games available in each of them. When you select a game in the UI, it launches that on your device.
This is remote desktop software. You can open up a keyboard, use the right thumbstick as a mouse, and other things you’d expect. It should be emphasized that you need a solid Internet connection to run this stream on both ends, and your laptop needs to be capable of recording the screen and playing the game at the same time. Needless to say, I had neither of those being true on my laptop.
I did record a video, hoping that I could continue playing the Witcher but on my TV. Remotr itself works great. It streamed audio fairly reliably, and it had no trouble finding my laptop. However, when I tried to load the game Steam had to update first. Then the entire laptop turned black. I don’t know why exactly. I ended up shutting it down because I had no way to fix it otherwise. See the video below for this weird occurrence.
Your mileage may vary. I would definitely like to try this out again but with a capable computer. At the very least it’s an Android TV supported remote desktop client. At its best it could provide a way to bring my favorite PC games to the TV.
The app is free to download on Google Play for Android and on Windows.