Samsung might not be prepared to tackle the recent launch of Google Stadia (which allows its users to stream games from servers in the United States, where most graphical and computational processing is performed), but it has succeeded in wading into the streaming wars with the release of PlayGalaxy Link – a new way for Samsung phone owners to stream games directly from their personal computer to their smartphone screen.
By installing a client on a Windows PC and an app on their smartphone, users will be able to launch games that can stream directly to their handsets. Similarly to Stadia, processing is handled on the primary PC, and the tethered smartphone relays controls – and potentially – movement.
While the idea isn’t exactly new, PlayGalaxy Link is now Samsung’s proprietary solution in the streaming arena. Samsung phone owners can also use their own choice of motion controller and can opt for Sony’s DualShock 4 PlayStation controller or newer versions of the Xbox One controller that support Bluetooth connections.
Samsung has previously offered varying commitments to both desktop and mobile gaming; the company has previously touted its Game Center as well as several performance features on flagship Galaxy S smartphones that offer gaming optimizations.
PlayGalaxy Link requires a high-speed WiFi service to work, or optionally can work over 4G or a 5G connection. Samsung has clarified that the service works with all major graphics card manufacturers.
The service is available now on the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, S10 Plus, and S10 5G, and Note 10, and is slated to arrive on the Galaxy Fold, S9, S9+, Note 9, and Galaxy A90.
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