Update, December 16, 2019 (09:48 AM ET): Samsung has once again expanded on the availability of its GalaxyPlay Link application. The service now works on the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and Samsung Galaxy A90.
That makes the complete list of devices with access to the app as follows:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10e, and S10 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy A90
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
Although the GalaxyPlay Link app will work on those devices, it will only work in certain areas of the world, namely South Korea, the US, the UK, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Singapore, and Russia.
It’s possible Samsung could launch the service for other devices, both old and new, and expand to different countries, but those are the only details the company is confirming as of yet. Once GalaxyPlay Link is available for your device in your area, click the button below to give it a shot!
Original article, August 14, 2019 (08:30 PM ET): At its latest Unpacked event, Samsung revealed only a preview of GalaxyPlay Link, its new game streaming service. Now, thanks to TechCrunch, we know the service will officially launch in the first two weeks of September, and it will be released in the form of a free downloadable app. This will allow game streaming from users’ PCs to their Samsung Galaxy Note 10.
Later in November, the service will land for the Samsung Galaxy S10 family and will be coming to other Samsung devices in the near future.
The PC will need to be running Windows 10, and the gameplay will be streamed simultaneously across both devices. To accomplish this, GalaxyPlay Link leverages technology developed by gaming startup Parsec. Check it out in action below:
Over the years, Samsung has proven that it cares about mobile gaming. Its Game Launcher application and previous partnership with Epic Games proves that. But, on the heels of Google Stadia, Apple Arcade, and even Valve’s Steam Link, Samsung is looking to take a more serious step into game streaming with GalaxyPlay Link.
There are some potential downsides to game streaming though. Where services like Nvidia GeForce Now have shown some promise, early reviews of Stadia have shown some possible pitfalls. As a result, potential issues like high internet usage, hidden costs, and a limited games library plague the industry’s future.
Each of the offerings tries to solve these problems in their own ways. In Samsung’s case, GalaxyPlay Link streams from your personal PC, so hopefully, you can stream games you already own, unlike Google Stadia. On the other hand, Samsung’s streaming service also looks like it will rely on a third-party controller to play your games. At least the Glap controller featured in the Samsung hands-on video appears to be a solid solution.
Hopefully, Samsung’s partnerships with Microsoft and Parsec will help iron out the rest of the possible kinks before the launch date. Only time will tell.