Samsung launches PlayGalaxy Link, a streaming service that brings games from the home PC to the Galaxy Note 10 (review) and the Galaxy S10 (review). At the beginning of December, the manufacturer intends to expand its offering to the Galaxy Fold, Galaxy S9 (test) as well as the Galaxy Note 9 (test) and Galaxy A90.
The transmission from the PC – which takes over the calculation of the games – to the smartphone is done via Wi-Fi and mobile, while the adaptive frame rates on the move to ensure a smooth gaming experience and streaming in poor network coverage. In addition to a compatible smartphone, the basic requirement is the “PlayGalaxy Link” software, which the manufacturer offers for download on the official website of his streaming service.
Also in terms of the required hardware makes Samsung already clear information, which, however, leave questions unanswered:
- Intel Core i5 (or higher)
- 8GB of DDR4 memory
- 50 GB hard disk space
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060+ / AMD Radeon RX 550+
- Microsoft Windows 10
- 1 Gbps bandwidth
Especially with the required graphics card have obviously crept in, because between a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and an AMD Radeon RX 550 are several power classes. It is quite possible that this is a spelling mistake and Samsung is already expecting the expected AMD Radeon RX 5500 on December 12th.
App exclusively from the Galaxy Store
In addition, the service needs the “PlayGalaxy Link” app, which is available exclusively in Samsung's own Galaxy Store and not on the Google PlayStore. After starting the app on the smartphone, the connection to the PC and the actual streaming software can be established. The software itself scans the PC and automatically maintains installed games in its library. Alternatively, players can add their games by hand.
Subsequently, the games running on the PC can be streamed both in the local network via WLAN and via the mobile network. Samsung indicates that its streaming service – which loud XDA Developers in turn based on the streaming offer of Parsec – thanks to the adaptive frame rates already starting from a cellular connection with a downstream of 1 Mbit / s works. For an optimal gaming experience, Samsung also recommends using a game controller via Bluetooth.
Start in Germany is still pending
At the moment, Play GalaxyLink has been launched in South Korea, the US, UK, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Singapore and Russia, and is currently not launching in Germany. Officially, the streaming service is still in beta. Samsung answers further questions in its official press release and the FAQ on the website of its service.