(Pocket-lint) – As they’re both Valve products, it only makes sense that the Steam Deck and your Steam library could play well together.
Although the Steam Deck is designed to act as a portable console, there may be times when you just want to stream games from your gaming PC instead.
This could be because you are running out of storage on your console or simply because you are not getting the desired performance from your games. The good news is that Steam Deck will work with Remote Play.
What is Remote Play?
Steam Remote Play is a way to stream games from your primary gaming machine to another device on your home network.
When you play a game this way, video and audio are sent from your gaming PC to the Steam Deck and any commands you enter on the Steam Deck are all sent back to the PC in the blink of an eye.
In an ideal world, you’ll need a powerful gaming PC and a stable, fast Wi-Fi network (preferably 5 GHz) in order to get the best results. A high-quality Wi-Fi router is therefore essential.
How to Use Steam Remote Play on Steam Deck
The good news is that it’s simple to use Steam Remote Play on the Steam Deck. You’ll of course need to leave your gaming PC on, but you don’t need to be in the same room to then play the games on your console.
- Keep your PC on and connected to Steam
- Open Steam settings and go to “Remote Play”
- Click on “Advanced Host Options” and check “change desktop resolution to match streaming client” and “prioritize network traffic”
- Take your Steam Deck and make sure it’s connected to the same home network as your PC.
- Go to the game you want to play and you will see the install option, but next to it is a drop down menu, click on it to see the stream option
- Launch your game
Written by Adrian Willings.