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Stream Your PC Games to iOS, Android, Windows Phone with KinoConsole

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Want to play your favorite PC games anywhere and on any network-connected device? Kinoni may have what you’re looking for with the KinoConsole. Unlike Nvidia’s game streaming technology, you’re not required to have a specific GPU in the gaming PC, nor does the receiving device need a specific chip. This service appears to run on most hardware.

“Nvidia Shield is great device, it’s our benchmark really,” Kinoni CEO Sami Gröhn told Tom’s Hardware. “But in its current state, it is very limited; you need a recent high-end Nvidia desktop GPU and their Android device. That can be costly. Based on Steam statistics, Nvidia has a 50 percent market share, and how many of those Nvidia GPU’s do support game streaming? Probably less than half, so most gamers are not able to use their service.”

“Talking about Steam, they also have an excellent game streaming solution (Steam In-Home Streaming), but very limited in its current state; it's only available on PCs,” Gröhn added. “Both Nvidia and Steam streaming solutions lack playing over Internet, [and] based on our testing, 4G LTE network latency is acceptable for gaming.”

To get this game streaming system set up, customers need the PC server software installed and the mobile client, which currently is only available on Windows Phone. A beta client for Android is expected to be released within a month, and the iOS beta player will come as soon as Apple enables the TestFlight service on iOS 8. However, because KinoConsole is sponsored by Microsoft’s AppCampus program, Windows Phone got a three-month “exclusivity” head start.

“Our plan is to create a platform-independent solution that runs on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows tablets,” Gröhn told us. “Creating the server side with all low-level screen capture and low-latency video encoding is the difficult part; the client is really just a video player. There is no reason why someone playing on iPad couldn't use an on-screen control layout created by a friend playing on Surface RT. That’s our goal.”

The Windows Phone app was made available on July 22. Gröhn admitted that the launch was rushed, but the team wanted to get feedback as soon as possible. That said, this week Kinoni will release a “big update” that will include full screen capture, a game launching fix, improved on-screen controls and more. The app also supports the MOGA Android controller.

Some of the listed KinoConsole features include support for gamepads, Steam integration, industry standard SSL encryption, and customizable on-screen game controls. The site doesn’t provide system requirements, but Gröhn did mention that users can install the server software on a gaming PC. That means if the game is running slow on the PC, then it will run even slower when streaming to a mobile device.

“If a game is running 120 frames per second, it should still run at least 60 frames per second while streaming with our app. Typically, games are GPU-limited and we are using CPU so the impact should not be that big. Also, playing very demanding games like Crysis 3 requires [a] faster PC than playing let’s say Hearthstone. Another factor is what mobile device you are using: encoding HD video to [an] iPad is more demanding than playing with [a] 4-inch low-resolution screen Nokia 520. So it really depends on the game and mobile device, and that’s why we don’t want to set certain hardware requirements.”

So how much does this game streaming service cost? The server software is free to download and use, but the app for mobile devices features ads. To get rid of them, customers must shell out $4.99. The paid version will also have new features soon, such as improved functionality over internet, Gröhn told us.

For more information about KinoConsole, head here. The website provides links to the Windows Phone app and the server software, and a setup guide. You can watch the service in action in the video below.

KinoConsole Windows Phone trailer

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    icemunk , August 19, 2014 8:50 AM
    Hopefully it works good, so far the other PC to "other" device streaming apps don't work so well (outside the Shield)
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    atminside , August 19, 2014 9:38 AM
    will starcraft 2 work on this?
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    asiaprime , August 19, 2014 9:49 AM
    I'm hoping that this feature comes to consoles. i doubt it since it will take away from steam os & boxes. sometimes i like playing on a giant tv! without an extra computer.
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    TechyInAZ , August 19, 2014 9:59 AM
    FREE!!! Finally somebody has a free version of splashtop. Even though kainy is technically the first, it is hard to use.
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    falchard , August 19, 2014 10:40 AM
    Suck it non-Windows Phone Users. We can play Crysis on our phone. Now its unquestionable Windows Phone is the best mobile platform.
    Millions of fart applications, millions more users, but... Can you play Crysis?
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    therogerwilco , August 19, 2014 10:51 AM
    Thank you Windows Phone! (that's what I said to my ios buddy that was drooling over this)

    Looks like it's pretty cool, it's free, supports external controllers, and even has customizable on-screen gamepad-like functionality.

    The only problem I see, is it requires port 5051 to be open.
    Why they weren't smart enough to use 80 idk...
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    lpedraja2002 , August 19, 2014 12:56 PM
    Hopefully this can be used to stream to another laptop or PC, my laptop can't even run games very well.
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    Blazer1985 , August 19, 2014 2:11 PM
    I'm having some lag and some drops on my 925 paired with an alienware m17x but they seem due to some wlan speed issue since on the alienware screen the game runs fine. I wasn't lucky with steam games though, the server application doesn't see them at all. Maybe with future updates it will get better :-) Very promising though.
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    mlga91 , August 19, 2014 3:19 PM
    What about pc to pc streaming, just like steam in home streaming does?
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    jdwii , August 19, 2014 4:35 PM
    I wish we could get home streaming using are laptops and desktops i would find this very useful right now i have a Llano laptop with a Gaming rig i can't always be in the room my desktop is in
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    TheBadJuJu , August 19, 2014 9:00 PM
    Nvidia shield actually does allow streaming over the Internet now, or 4G with the upcoming 4G version of the shield tablet.
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    urbanman2004 , August 22, 2014 9:54 AM
    Damn this is pretty cool but I'll reserve judgment til I actually see it in action. It's sounding too good to be true
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