A while back, Steam introduced an app that lets you stream your favorite PC games to your phone. But it was removed from the iOS App Store due to "business conflicts", so iPhone users were released into the cold. Fortunately, AMD has released an app to fill this gap.
Like Steam Link, the new AMD Link app lets PC games stream to a mobile device – except that AMD's offer really works with iPhones and iPads. With AMD Link you can take your favorite PC games on your smaller screen. In this way, when your family wants to spend time together, you can continue your favorite game on your phone instead of having to play completely.
- iPhone, iPad or Android device
- iOS 10 or later or Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer
- Windows PC running Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
- AMD Radeon graphics card (at least 2 GB VRAM)
- AMD Radeon Settings Adrenaline Edition 2019 (version 18.5 or later)
Step 1: Download the latest version of AMD Link
AMD Link connects your phone to yours computer and its AMD-powered graphics card. This app gives you access to multiple features including performance monitoring, voice controls, game recording and game streams. To start, install the latest version of the app from the phone's respective app store.
Note that this does not work with Apple TV or Android TV. If you want to use this app to play your computer games on your TV, you need to connect your phone or tablet to the TV via the data port using adapters such as USB-C to HDMI or Lightning to HDMI. Just know that this additional connection will introduce more latency.
Unlike other options, this service only works if the phone is on the same Wi-Fi network as your computer. Then turn on Wi-Fi now and connect to the same network as your computer. Ideally, if available, use the 5 GHz network as it may have higher bandwidth despite the shorter range.
Step 2: Connect your phone to your computer
Once installed, you need to connect your mobile device to your computer. The connection can be accomplished in one of two ways, with a method much simpler than the other. Anyway, preparing your computer for this connection is the same for both methods.
On your computer, open Radeon Settings and select "AMD Link." On the new page, turn on "AMD Link Server" by selecting the switch. Then select "Add Device."
A QR code will now be displayed. You must scan this using the AMD Link app on your phone. Open the app on your phone and select "Add new computer." You will be presented with two options: "Scan QR code" or "Manual input."
The easiest and best way is to scan the QR code, select the green "Start" button just below "Scan QR Code" to open the barcode reader (Android users will get one permission request from the AMD Link app that you must allow first). Scan the QR code on your computer with your mobile device.
If you are not taken to a new page after you scan the QR code, you will probably need to use the second option , manual entry. On your phone, select the green "Start" under "Manual input" and press "Next" until this button now reads "Manual input." You will see a new page requesting four lines of information: Server IP, Server Name, Server Port, and Server PIN.
To find this information, return to your computer and select "Manual input" on the same page where QR code is displayed. The requested information will be displayed below the switch. Enter each line in the corresponding text box on your phone and select "Connect."
Be aware that this information from your computer is timed. When the time expires, the PIN code changes and you can be kicked out from the QR code on your computer. If this happens, repeat the process by selecting "Add Device" and then select "Manual Input" button.
If your phone still won't connect, you may need to make an exception for AMD Link in Windows Defender to allow a connection. To do this, open Settings and select "Update and Security". Select "Windows Security" and select "Open Windows Defender Security Center." A new window should appear with the title "Windows Defender Security Center."
Select "Virus and threat protection" and then select "Virus and hot protection settings." Select "Add or Remove Exclusions", then select "Add an Exclusion" button and select "File". Select the following file:
C: Applications AMD Email Text RadeonSettings.exe
Once you have added, try one of the above methods to connect your phone.
If everything worked, you should see a new page with a series of five buttons at the bottom. Select the button that looks like a game controller. You will see a list of all games installed on your computer. If you do not see a particular game, you can add it manually or scan your system by selecting the Gaming tab in Radeon Settings and selecting "Add."
To stream a game, select a game from the list. This will open the game on the computer while reflecting it on your phone along with a series of buttons on the screen to navigate the game.
Be aware that you must log in to a game starter first to start the game. This includes Steam, Epic Launcher, UPlay, Origin etc. Some games do not start without you first being logged into their service first.
To improve the experience, you can also adjust various options in the AMD Link app that you can access via the three vertical dots in the upper right corner. These options will help you achieve the best balance between performance and video / audio quality.
Ideally, you want the resolution to be the highest available, 1080p. However, if you see that the power is not smooth, you can lower the resolution to 720p for a higher frame rate. For frame rate, the higher the better, at 60 frames per second, the maximum is available. Check this option for a better stream.
Bit rate lets you adjust the quality of the images to the phone, with higher quality that requires higher internet speeds, which AMD lists next to each setting. Sound bit rate controls the quality of the game's sound. As with the video bit rate, higher quality requires higher bandwidth from your Wi-Fi connection.
To find out the best quality of both audio and video for your power, select "Test Stream" to evaluate the performance of your gaming experience
Another feature that you can take advantage of is "Turn off the PC screen." While your game is streaming to your phone, your desktop screen will come to turn off, which saves power.
While the screen controller is good, it is better to use an external controller. For Android, a Bluetooth controller works, including a PS4 controller or a third party panel . For IOS, all MFI-certified controls will work, such as Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Mobile Gamepad.
Problem you should be aware of
This app is a lot of work in progress. Several games not only work with this service, so if you encounter any problems, try another game. While I was personally able to play every game in my library, there are countless posts on the net of games that didn't work.
Make sure you log into the game starter before attempting to start remote play. Some users have reported that streaming does not work if a login prompt is required. Start the game first on your computer and log in to the startup program. Then finish the game and start it via AMD Link.
Some games do not record any input from the controls on the screen. One possibility is to use a Bluetooth controller instead and change the control profiles. To do this, start a game and select the third icon in the upper right corner. Select "Controller Profile 2" to use a hardware vendor. This option also removes the controls on the screen.
In addition, Android users can transform the hardware buttons for Bluetooth controls. This feature is helpful for games that do not have fully customizable controls, giving you a series of profiles or no options at all.
To reshape the hardware keys, select the game controller icon after creating a link to the computer. Drag to the right to reveal a new page that contains each Controller profile. Select "Controller Profile 2" and select the second icon in the upper right corner. On the new page, you can now select the game entry and select which button on your controller registers that action. For example, when the game prompts you to press "B", you can press "X" on your controller instead.
Since this reflects the game using Wi-Fi, it will to be a noticeable latitude. You can minimize this by having your computer connected via Ethernet and your phone connected to the 5 GHz network. Still, there will be a lot of latency, so we recommend that you avoid competitive games such as fighting games and FPS titles unless you plan to play against simpler opponents.
When it works, it works pretty well. With a little help from the high-speed update Razer Phone 2 and Razer Raiju Mobile, I was able to create a replacement for my PDAs (at least in my home network). It's far from perfect, but it provides a comparable experience to Google's Stage and Microsoft's Project Xcloud and with your own games.
If you encounter any problems with a specific game, let us know in the comment below that other users are aware and AMD will know that fix it.