Limelight Game Streaming

Limelight Game Streaming


This app streams games from a GameStream-compatible PC on your local network or the Internet (Streaming over LTE is supported, although data usage is high and you may have latency issues). After initial pairing, Limelight will show a list of apps to stream from your PC. You can add any other apps to this list through GeForce Experience. Mouse, keyboard, and controller input is sent from your Android device to the PC.

To have a good experience, you need a mid to high-end wireless router with a good wireless connection to your Android device (5 GHz highly recommended) and a good connection from your PC to your router (Ethernet highly recommended).

PC Requirements:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600/700/800 series or GTX 600M/700M/800M series GPU
NVIDIA GeForce Experience (GFE) 2.0.1 or higher
NVIDIA GeForce 337.88 driver

Device Requirements:
Game controller or other input device

Most controllers will work just fine, but the following have been tested:
Xbox 360 wired/wireless (some have D-PAD issues with Android)
PS3 wired (with Sixaxis Enabler app) or wireless (with SixAxis Controller app)
PS4 wired via USB
Moga controller (HID mode or with MOGA Universal Driver app)
Amazon Fire Game Controller
Shield integrated controller
Ouya controller on the Ouya console

Note for SixAxis users:
You'll want SixAxis in "Native Gamepad" mode for Limelight. The default mapping in SixAxis has the PS3 buttons mapped incorrectly to the standard Android controller layout (buttons are rotated by one), so you'll need to fix this before the PS3 controller will work properly.

Instructions:
1. Make sure GeForce Experience is installed, updated, and that you've scanned for games.

2. In most cases, your PC will show up automatically in the PC list. Click the entry in the PC list to start pairing.

3. On your PC, enter the PIN displayed on the Android device and accept the pairing dialog.

4. Choose your PC in the PC list and the app list will be displayed where you can select a game to stream.

Troubleshooting - "I can't pair/stream at all"
1. If the app crashes when starting to stream, try setting the "Force Software Decoding" option.

2. If you're streaming over the Internet, make sure UPnP is enabled on your router or the required ports are forwarded. See http://bit.ly/1e5jDkP for more details.

3. Reboot your PC.

4. Disable your PC's firewall.

5. If all else fails: uninstall GeForce drivers, reboot, clean install GeForce drivers, and reboot again.

Troubleshooting - "Video is choppy/laggy"
1. Try streaming with Bluetooth disabled to see if your device has the Bluetooth issue detailed below.

2. Make sure your device is connected on 5 GHz and your PC is wired to your router.

3. Lower the bitrate slider to the lowest setting on your desired resolution and framerate.

4. Try using 720p30 which has the lowest requirements.

Troubleshooting - "Apps crash when launched by Limelight"
1. Uninstall GeForce drivers, reboot, clean install GeForce drivers, and reboot again.

2. Try launching them through Steam

Bluetooth-related streaming issues:
Depending on your phone/tablet, you may have a bad streaming experience if Bluetooth is active while streaming. This is a hardware issue due to the antenna wiring. If you experience this, you can try a USB Ethernet adapter or a controller that connects directly to your Android device via USB OTG.

For more details and to report issues, see: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2505510

This app is open-source under the GPL. The code can be found here: https://github.com/limelight-stream/limelight-android

Legal:
All trademarks cited here are the property of their respective owners.

Recent changes:
v2.5.1.1 - July 22, 2014
- Add support for ARMv8 and x86_64 devices
- Turn back on GFE streaming optimizations with a checkbox to disable in settings
- Fix hardware back buttons emulating the select button

v2.5.1 - July 19, 2014
- Letterbox the video on 16:10 and 4:3 devices. The old fill-screen behavior is available with a checkbox in Streaming Settings
- Improve streaming performance
- Stop GFE from changing game settings when streaming
- Improve controller detection (please report bugs)
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About Limelight Game Streaming
This app streams games from a GameStream-compatible PC on your local network or the Internet (Streaming over LTE is supported, although data usage is high and you may have latency issues). After initial pairing, Limelight will show a list of apps to stream from your PC. You can add any other apps to this list through GeForce Experience. Mouse, keyboard, and controller input is sent from your Android device to the PC.

To have a good experience, you need a mid to high-end wireless router with a good wireless connection to your Android device (5 GHz highly recommended) and a good connection from your PC to your router (Ethernet highly recommended).

PC Requirements:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 600/700/800 series or GTX 600M/700M/800M series GPU
NVIDIA GeForce Experience (GFE) 2.0.1 or higher
NVIDIA GeForce 337.88 driver

Device Requirements:
Game controller or other input device

Most controllers will work just fine, but the following have been tested:
Xbox 360 wired/wireless (some have D-PAD issues with Android)
PS3 wired (with Sixaxis Enabler app) or wireless (with SixAxis Controller app)
PS4 wired via USB
Moga controller (HID mode or with MOGA Universal Driver app)
Amazon Fire Game Controller
Shield integrated controller
Ouya controller on the Ouya console

Note for SixAxis users:
You'll want SixAxis in "Native Gamepad" mode for Limelight. The default mapping in SixAxis has the PS3 buttons mapped incorrectly to the standard Android controller layout (buttons are rotated by one), so you'll need to fix this before the PS3 controller will work properly.

Instructions:
1. Make sure GeForce Experience is installed, updated, and that you've scanned for games.

2. In most cases, your PC will show up automatically in the PC list. Click the entry in the PC list to start pairing.

3. On your PC, enter the PIN displayed on the Android device and accept the pairing dialog.

4. Choose your PC in the PC list and the app list will be displayed where you can select a game to stream.

Troubleshooting - "I can't pair/stream at all"
1. If the app crashes when starting to stream, try setting the "Force Software Decoding" option.

2. If you're streaming over the Internet, make sure UPnP is enabled on your router or the required ports are forwarded. See http://bit.ly/1e5jDkP for more details.

3. Reboot your PC.

4. Disable your PC's firewall.

5. If all else fails: uninstall GeForce drivers, reboot, clean install GeForce drivers, and reboot again.

Troubleshooting - "Video is choppy/laggy"
1. Try streaming with Bluetooth disabled to see if your device has the Bluetooth issue detailed below.

2. Make sure your device is connected on 5 GHz and your PC is wired to your router.

3. Lower the bitrate slider to the lowest setting on your desired resolution and framerate.

4. Try using 720p30 which has the lowest requirements.

Troubleshooting - "Apps crash when launched by Limelight"
1. Uninstall GeForce drivers, reboot, clean install GeForce drivers, and reboot again.

2. Try launching them through Steam

Bluetooth-related streaming issues:
Depending on your phone/tablet, you may have a bad streaming experience if Bluetooth is active while streaming. This is a hardware issue due to the antenna wiring. If you experience this, you can try a USB Ethernet adapter or a controller that connects directly to your Android device via USB OTG.

For more details and to report issues, see: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2505510

This app is open-source under the GPL. The code can be found here: https://github.com/limelight-stream/limelight-android

Legal:
All trademarks cited here are the property of their respective owners.

Recent changes:
v2.5.1.1 - July 22, 2014
- Add support for ARMv8 and x86_64 devices
- Turn back on GFE streaming optimizations with a checkbox to disable in settings
- Fix hardware back buttons emulating the select button

v2.5.1 - July 19, 2014
- Letterbox the video on 16:10 and 4:3 devices. The old fill-screen behavior is available with a checkbox in Streaming Settings
- Improve streaming performance
- Stop GFE from changing game settings when streaming
- Improve controller detection (please report bugs)

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A Google User
Sunday 8:33 PM
You need 5gh wireless I have an Nvidia Shield and can say that this app works very similar to how the Shield works. I have a 660ti and an Asus AC66u and everything works flawless. Before I bought wireless AC with 5gh I had constant lag and stuttering issues. With the new router it has solved my issues.
A Google User
4 days ago
Great app! Love the app and the support you offer as a developer. I see constant bug fixes and iterative updates. Any chance you'll add on-screen controls in the future for those of us that don't have a controller to use when on the go?
A Google User
Jul 16, 2014
Astounded! This has amazed me. I'm streaming Diablo 3, Planetary Annihilation, Borderlands 2 and The Witcher 2 to a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 over my home network with a 32 ms latency. I've not yet tried hooking up a controller yet but I don't anticipate issues. Gonna try Titanfall soon just for the chuckles. Wow simply awesome people. Many thanks to the developer for making this happen. Looking forward to the future of this app. :-)
A Google User
Jul 15, 2014
I've got all the right hardware, but it wont even stream on lowest settings So i have the ASUS Transformer tf300t running android and i want to stream my games to it from my gaming rig. Gaming rig spec: i7 3770K, 16GB, GTX780Ti. The problem is AV loss, even at 720P/30FPS and 10Mb. I have a 300mb router, which is no more than 7m away from both devices, i have next to no network traffic or spyware etc ( i run a gaming specialist company so my machines are clean) and all i get is AV loss and grey screen flicking up every few frames. . . can you tell me, is it because i am not running 5Ghz wifi ?
A Google User
Jul 15, 2014
Great app I don't need an nvidia shield anymore it streams good on my Nexus 5 with no lagg at all