Several improvements have been made to enhance the couch gaming experience on the PC that I think are worth mentioning.
With the latest Windows 10 updates it seems now that the Xbox One controller can be added via standard Bluetooth now. Instructions on how to do this are found here. I’ve tested this with a white Xbox One S controller on my trusty Intel 3rd gen NUC and it works really well. You’ll only ever need the Xbox One wireless adapter now if you don’t have Bluetooth on your computer (most desktops).
The next big improvement is how the Steam application handles streaming. We’ve always been able to stream from one PC to the other but Steam also have a nifty device if you don’t want to fork out heaps of money on a 2nd baseline PC, called Steam Link. For all accounts it is a great gaming streaming device (1080p) to your TV and also very cost effective.
The improvements made to the Steam platform that works really well on Steam Link and a second PC is the fact you can now stream non Steam games. I added No Man’s Sky (which I have bought from GOG) as a non Steam game shortcut and I was able to successfully stream it from my main PC out to the lounge room one. No issues at all. I’m going to be trying a few other games over the coming days but so far I’ve come away very impressed.
PC couch gaming has just become that much easier thanks to Microsoft’s Windows 10 and Valve’s Steam. I’m loving it.