Remember the infamous Shield TV and it’s streaming capacities? I sure do as it still gives me nightmares. However, today I am enjoying (some) of my games from my couch on my TV with a wireless gamepad.

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Moonlight a free video game streaming experience

Nvidia GameStream is a technology that comes with the Shield devices and allow players (customers?) to stream their owned games from their gaming computer to their Shield devices. It can be a portable Shield console or the more recent Shield TV hooked up to your TV.

Now comes Moonlight-stream, it does the exact same thing (expect maybe on the performance side, we’ll see this point later) but without the hardware limitation, hence making it virtually free.

Overview of Moonlight

Setup

Basically you’ll need a compatible (and powerful enough) Geforce GTX card on your gaming PC and a “client” computer hooked to you TV. This client box can be almost anything : Windows/Mac/Linux PC, Android box, RPI, etc.

Depending on you client box, you’ll find several official and unofficial scripts and / or installers in order to configure it.

The installer will “browse” your network in order to find your gaming PC. Then the Nvidia Geforce Experience client on your gaming computer will give you an authorization code that you’ll enter in the client box in order to provide access to it.

And that’s it! You are ready to game.

Features

The Moonlight works very closely to official Shield devices : you can stream games up to 1080p @ 60FPS (depending on your network bandwidth and gaming rig specs), play up 4 players at the same time, and so on.
You can also use several controllers from Xbox 360 (wired or not), to PS3 or PS4 (all wired or wireless). I personally uses 2 PS3 wireless controller on my RPI.
Like GameStream, Moonlight allows you to stream several games and not just the Nvidia games. For example, almost all your Steam library can be streamed.

Performances

Performance wise, I havn’t compared both solution, but it seems that the Moonlight version a only a bit beyond the official version. However, in the past weeks they did huge improvements and it is perfectly playable! To give you a few example I am currently playing games such as The Witcher 3, Midde-Earth : Shadow of Mordor, Metal Gear Solid V with this system on a Raspberry Pi 3 (with recalbox) and I am very satisfied with it

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Now comes Moonlight, it does the exact same thing (expect maybe on the performance side, we’ll see this point later) but without the hardware limitation, hence making it virtually free.

Overview of Moonlight

Setup

Basically you’ll need a compatible (and powerful enough) Geforce GTX card on your gaming PC and a “client” computer hooked to you TV. This client box can be almost anything : Windows/Mac/Linux PC, Android box, RPI, etc.

Depending on you client box, you’ll find several official and unofficial scripts and / or installers in order to configure it.

The installer will “browse” your network in order to find your gaming PC. Then the Nvidia Geforce Experience client on your gaming computer will give you an authorization code that you’ll enter in the client box in order to provide access to it.

And that’s it! You are ready to game.

Features

The Moonlight works very closely to official Shield devices : you can stream games up to 1080p @ 60FPS (depending on your network bandwidth and gaming rig specs), play up 4 players at the same time, and so on.
You can also use several controllers from Xbox 360 (wired or not), to PS3 or PS4 (all wired or wireless). I personally uses 2 PS3 wireless controller on my RPI.
Like GameStream, Moonlight allows you to stream several games and not just the Nvidia games. For example, almost all your Steam library can be streamed.

Performances

Performance wise, I havn’t compared both solution, but it seems that the Moonlight version a only a bit beyond the official version. However, in the past weeks they did huge improvements and it is perfectly playable! To give you a few example I am currently playing games such as The Witcher 3, Midde-Earth : Shadow of Mordor, Metal Gear Solid V with this system on a Raspberry Pi 3 (with recalbox) and I am very satisfied with it!

Let me know if you like this kind of article and wish to learn more about this technology. If so, I can provide a full review and or step by step installation guide.

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