Some time ago, Steam introduced an app that allows you to stream your favorite PC games to your phone. However, because of "business conflicts," it was removed from the iOS App Store, leaving iPhone users out of the cold. Fortunately, AMD has released an app that closes this gap.
Similar to Steam Link, the new AMD Link app lets you stream PC games to a mobile device, with the exception that the AMD offering actually works with iPhones and iPads. With AMD Link you can transfer your favorite PC games to your smaller screen. That way, if your family wants to spend time together, you can continue your favorite game on your phone instead of interrupting the game altogether.
- iPhone, iPad or Android device
- iOS 1
- Windows PC with 64-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7  AMD Radeon graphics card (at least 2GB VRAM)
- AMD Radeon Settings Adrenalin Edition 2019 (Version 18.5 or later)
Step 1: Download the latest version of AMD Link
AMD Link Connects your phone to your computer and its AMD-enabled graphics card. With this app you can access various functions, including performance monitoring, voice control, game capture and game streaming. First install the latest version of the app from the respective App Store of your phone.
Note that this does not work with Apple TV or Android TV. If you want to use this app to play your PC games on your TV, you need to connect your phone or tablet to the TV via the data port with adapters such as USB-C to HDMI or Lightning to HDMI. Just know that this extra connection results in a higher latency.
Unlike some other options, this service works only if your phone is on the same Wi-Fi network as your PC. Turn on Wi-Fi now and connect to the same network as your PC. If available, use the 5 GHz network because it offers higher bandwidth despite its shorter range.
Step 2: Connect your phone to your computer.
After installation, you need to connect your mobile device to your computer. The connection can be made in two ways, one method being much easier than the other. In both cases, preparing your computer for this connection is the same for both methods.
On your computer, open the Radeon Settings and select "AMD Link." Turn on the new AMD Link Server page by selecting the switch. Then select "Add device".
Now a QR code is displayed. You will need to scan this on your phone using the AMD Link app. Open the app on your phone and select "Add a new PC". Two options are available: Scan QR Code or Manual Entry.
The easiest and most preferred way is to scan the QR code. So choose "Start". Click the button below "Scan QR code" to open the barcode scanner (Android users will be prompted with a permission request from the AMD Link app, which you must first allow). Scan the QR code on your computer with your mobile device.
If you are not redirected to a new page after scanning the QR code, you probably need to use the second manual option Input. On your phone, select the green Start icon under Manual Entry and press Next until this button displays Manual Entry. On a new page, four lines of information are requested: server IP, server name, server port, and server PIN.
Return to your computer and select on the same page as the "Manual Entry" option. QR code has been displayed. The requested information is displayed under the switcher. Enter each line in the text box of your phone and select "Connect".
Note that the information provided by your computer is timed. When the timer expires, the PIN changes and you may be referred from the QR code page of your computer. In this case, repeat the process by selecting "Add Device" and then selecting "Manual Entry".
If your phone still does not connect, you may be able to do so. An exception must be made for AMD Link in Windows Defender to connect. To do this, open Settings and select "Update & Security". Select "Windows Security" and then "Open Windows Defender Security Center." You should see a new window titled "Windows Defender Security Center".
Select "Virus and Threat Protection" and then "Virus and Threat Protection Settings". Select "Add or remove exclusions," then click the "Add exclusion" button and choose "File." Select the following file:
C: Program Files AMD CNext CNext RadeonSettings.exe
After adding, repeat one of the above methods to connect your phone.
If everything works, you should see a new page with five buttons below. 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 the Radeon Preferences and selecting "Add".
To stream a game, select a game from the list. This will open the game on your computer and simultaneously mirror it with a series of on-screen buttons on your phone to navigate the game.
Note that you must first log in to one of the game starters to start the game. This includes Steam, Epic Launcher, UPlay, Origin, etc. Some games will not start without you being logged in to their service first.
To enhance the experience, you can also customize various options in the AMD Link app to which you to access the three vertical dots in the upper right corner. These options provide the best balance between performance and video / audio quality.
Ideally, the 1080p resolution should be the highest available. However, if you find that the stream is not fluid, you can reduce the resolution to 720p for a higher frame rate. For the frame rate, the higher the better. A maximum of 60 fps is available. Enable this option to get a better stream.
Bitrate lets you adjust the quality of graphics to your phone. Higher quality requires higher Internet speeds AMD lists next to each preference. The audio bitrate controls the sound quality of the game. As with video bitrate, higher quality requires more bandwidth for your Wi-Fi connection.
To determine the best audio and video quality for your stream, select "Test Stream" to rate the performance of your gaming experience below the current bitrate.
Another feature that you can use is "Turn Off PC Display". "While the game is streaming to your phone, the desktop monitor turns off to save power.
If the screen control is okay, using an external controller is better." "For Android, every Bluetooth controller, including one, works well PS4 or third-party gamepads for iOS Any MFI-certified controller, such as the Mad Catz CTRLi Mobile Gamepad, works for iOS.
Problems to Consider
This app is still under construction. Some games do not work with this service, so if you run into problems, try another game, and although I've personally been able to play every game in my library, there are countless online posts from games that are not
Log in to the Game Launcher before trying to start Remote Play. Some users have reported that streaming is not working unctioned if a login request is required. Start the game on your PC first and log in to the launcher. Finish the game and restart it via AMD Link.
Some games do not register any input from the controls on the screen. One option is to use a Bluetooth controller instead and to change the controller profiles. Start a game and select the third icon in the upper right corner. Select "Controller Profile 2" to use a hardware controller. This option also removes the controls on the screen.
In addition, Android users can remap the hardware buttons of Bluetooth controllers. This feature is useful for games that do not have fully customizable controllers, so you have a range of profiles or no options at all.
To reassign your hardware keys, select the game controller icon after connecting to your computer. Swipe right to view a new page with 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 input and select the appropriate button on your controller to register this action. For example, if you are prompted to press "B", you can press "X" on your controller instead.
Because the game is mirrored over Wi-Fi, there is noticeable latency. You can minimize this by connecting your PC to the 5 GHz network via Ethernet and your phone. Nevertheless, there will be a lot of latency. We therefore recommend avoiding competitive games such as fighting games and FPS titles, unless you intend to play against simpler opponents.
If this works, it works pretty well. Using the high refresh rate of Razer Phone 2 and Razer Raiju Mobile, I was able to make a replacement for my handheld gaming devices (at least in my home network). It's far from perfect, but it has a similar experience with Google's Stadia and Microsoft's Project Xcloud, as well as with their own games.
If you encounter problems with it Let us know in the comment below so other users know and AMD can fix it.