You can play Steam Games from Your PC, over Wi-Fi, to another room where all you have is a phone, or a tablet, or even a TV with Chromecast, and you can also use Bluetooth Game Controllers, Xbox Controllers, and Keyboard & Mouse, etc, as if your computer was in that room instead of across the house.
This allows you to start your PC from your Phone from another room
The next step is to allow your PC to boot directly into your desktop. This is assuming that you are at home, and you aren’t trying to keep anyone out of your computer, because the people you live with are respectful and trustworthy. If you don’t trust them, you could always just unplug or turn off your monitors and maybe they won’t know what’s happening.
- Go to Windws Start > Run > Netplwiz.exe
- Select your Username and Uncheck “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”
- Click OK
- Enter your existing password twice
- Restart the Computer, and it should boot directly to desktop
Enable Steam to launch on Start up
- Go to Steam Menu > Steam > Settings > Interface > Run Steam when my Computer Starts
- You do not need to start in Big Picture Mode, as that will happen automatically when playing remotely.
- Click OK
Download the “Steam Link” app to your phone
Follow the instructions to finding and adding your PC and Account
Set up your gaming station.
- Pair your existing Bluetooth Gaming Controller, such as an Xbox Controller, to your Phone
- Or use a Bluetooth Gaming Controller that holds your phone, such as something like this cool thing that I use which pairs to your phone.
- Pair your wireless Keyboard and Mouse to your Phone
- Or you could use a Wired Mouse and Keyboard plugged into something like this must-have gadget which just pairs to your phone. I’d imaging this also works for Wired controllers and Wired Fightpads etc.
- Set up a Monitor or Smart TV or TV with Chromecast or Miracast etc.
- Or you could use a Tablet, or even use your tablet with something like this badboy Tablet/Phone Controller (pictured left above)
- Steam’s own controller will also work great, and can be used at the computer too
- Start your PC from your Phone via Wake on Lan, and wait a bit to allow it to enter the desktop and for Steam to Launch
- Turn on your Bluetooth Controllers
- Open your Steam Link App on your phone and click “Start Playing”
- You can play directly on your phone or tablet for a near lag-free experience, or cast to your TV for a slight bit of lag, which doesn’t make a difference in a lot of non-competitive games, or for most non-FPS & Non-FG games where exact input isn’t going to mean your complete loss.
- To cast, just swipe down and click on “Cast” which does a full screen mirroring. Steam Link itself mirrors your entire PC, from the monitor where Steam and your Games are launched.
On a side note, I actually bought the first iPEGA bluetooth controller for holding your phone when it was first released as an OEM product in China, at the Pazhou International Trade Fair. That was quite a while ago, maybe 8 or 9 years ago. I was impressed with the quality, but I didn’t use it for like 6 years, and when I tried charging it again it wouldn’t hold a charge, which is probably to be expected after so long in the bottom of a drawer. I just bought a new x-box style controller pictured above, and it’s working very nicely, just like my Xbox controller.
It’s nice to see they’ve grown so nicely, making so many great products now. Check out their line-up of controllers. If you do get one, set it to Android Standard game Mode, if you have Android, rather than Direct Play, by holding X+Power for a few seconds before pairing. this worked flawlessly with Dark Souls III, and allowed me to do some extra farming while spending time with my family.