Users of the Nvidia Shield TV are pissed. The GameStream function of the Android media player is being discontinued. This allowed local games to be played via streaming. From mid-February, this will no longer be possible, GeForce Now and Steam Link are to serve as alternatives.
Nvidia Shield TV discontinues GameStream
From mid-February 2023, it will no longer be possible to use the GameStream function with the Nvidia Shield TV and Shield TV Pro. “From mid-February, the roll-out of the Nvidia Games app will be rolled out to all Shield owners. With this update, the GameStream feature will no longer be available in the app,” reads it on the manufacturer’s support page.
Users should instead use Steam Link to stream games locally from their PC to Shield devices. In addition, they note that PC games can be streamed to their Shield TV via the cloud using GeForce Now. However, they did not comment on the reasons why the service is being discontinued.
You can still use GameStream by simply not updating the app, but support will be discontinued and the feature may simply stop working at some point, Nvidia said.
The feature allowed games stored locally on the PC to be streamed to Nvidia Shield TV in 4K resolution at up to 60 frames per second via the app. Presumably, Nvidia wants to push its own streaming solution GeForce Now with this.
Alternatives with AMD Link and Moonlight
On Reddit, many users expressed their displeasure about the feature’s discontinuation. AMD offers a similar solution for the Radeon RX 7900 XTX and XT graphics cards with AMD Link, which now additionally supports AV1 and allows gaming for up to four players.
An alternative solution for Nvidia users is also the open source GameStream client Moonlight, which was previously known as Limelight. And it even does so at up to 120 FPS and on just about every possible device, including PC, Mac, ChromeOS, smartphones, and more.