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How to set up GameStream on your NVIDIA Shield TV

The PC vs. console debate has raged on amongst gamers on forums and chatrooms for decades. But it's 2017, and there's more parity between console and PC gaming than ever before. Furthermore, thanks to GameStream for the [NVIDIA Shield Android TV], you can stream your favorite PC games straight from your computer to your living room TV and play from the comfort of your couch with your Shield controller in hand.

There are over 200 titles compatible with GameStream (opens in new tab), so you're bound to find some of your favorite PC games to play on your Shield. Do note that your PC will be inaccessible while streaming games to the Shield, an important thing to note if you share your PC with your family or roommates.

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But before we go any further, here's what you'll need to get things set up:

To maximize your Wi-Fi strength, you'll want to ensure that your PC is connected to the internet via a wired ethernet connection so that your Wi-Fi can maintain a strong connection between your Shield and your PC no matter where they are in your home.

Once you've confirmed your PC is compatible, you're ready to get things set up.

  1. On your PC, download and install GeForce Experience (opens in new tab).
  2. Log into your NVIDIA account in GeForce Experience. If you have yet to set up an account with NVIDIA, you can create one from scratch, or use your Google or Facebook account.
  3. Check for the latest updates to the GeForce Game Ready driver in GeForce Experience.
  4. Download and install latest updates.
  5. Once the updates have installed, go to the GeForce Experience Settings — the icon looks like a gear.
  6. Select Shield from the side menu.
  7. Ensure that GameStream is turned on.
  8. Switch over to your NVIDIA Shield TV.
  9. Go to GameStream from the main menu.
  10. Log into the same NVIDIA account logged into GeForce Experience.

Now you're PC and NVIDIA Shield are connected and you're good to stream any of the GameStream-supported games that are installed on your PC to the Shield. GeForce Experience will automatically scan your computer for any compatible games installed. When you go to the GameStream menu on your Shield, you should also see Steam as an option, which allows you to stream any games you've got installed on your PC from your Steam library.

Some games may require a keyboard and mouse setup. The NVIDIA Shield TV offers support for both Bluetooth and wired USB keyboards and mice, so you should hopefully be able find something that works around the house. If not, we'd recommend getting the Logitech K400r (opens in new tab), which includes a keyboard and trackpad for a great wireless experience in your living room.

Once you've got everything set up, your favorite PC games will load and play just as fast and smoothly as any Android games or apps downloaded onto your Shield TV.

Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.

3 Comments
  • I love stream from my Nvidia 970 based PC! Mostly it is my kids playing rocket league. A couple of things to mention.
    Article mentioned Wireless, if you have wired connection it works the same. I assume everyone knows that but just in case, it does work over Ethernet. As long as both devices (Shield and PC) are on same subnet it will work.
    The Nvidia game stream client works great. I have no have a problem with controller as long as the game natively supports it.
    Native Steam client Streaming does not work as well when adding in controller support. I have not re-tested this in several months, but it was frustrating.
    Lastly - it is possible to manually add games to the Nvidia game stream app on the PC that are not on the official supported list. I have not had an issue with manually adding a game. If you don't see you game listed, test the manual add and it should work!
  • So is this essentially a wireless HDMI option for playing PC games on tv? Also, is there support for Xbox One controllers?
  • I have just bought my Nvidia Sgield TV (2017) Model, and love the little box. It's brilliant and very versatile. I have a very fast Ethernet network which I have tried using Gamestream but I am finding whilst the game looks amazing i do get stutter. I have run the tests for Gamestream on the Shield which says the system is well within parameters but have not successfully been able to play any type of game without stutter. Which is a shame as its a fantastic feature.