Tips Play “Steam” games like “Lego Star Wars” on NVidia Shield TV [streamed from PC]

Today, my daughter asked me to buy “Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for our NVIDIA Shield TV. Unfortunately, I found that it was not only ~30€ but also that it required a ~8€/month subscription to NVidia GeForceNow. As we really don’t play that often, this was not acceptable for me. Fortunately, as I have a PC with a Nvidia Geforce GTX 760 I found a solution without the need for a subscription: use “Steam (in BigPicture Mode)” and stream it to the NVIDIA. And “Cerise sur le Gateau”, it did only cost 6€ as there was a special promo this weekend on Instant Gaming.

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So, instead of buying Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens for NVIDIA on GeforceNow, I bought if for PC on Steam with the idea to use it via “NVIDIA GameStream”.

Once installed on my PC via Steam, I did try it. Unfortunately, instead of running correctly, it did start minimized. This is a well know issue with games from Steam and the solution is to define manually the resolution of your screen. For Lego Star Wars:

  1. Open the folder C:\Users\<Your Account>\AppData\Roaming\Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment\LEGO STAR WARS The Force Awakens
  2. Edit the file PCConfig.TXT and set the resolution and the refresh rate of your main screen into it
    1. ScreenWidth 1920
    2. ScreenHeight 1080
    3. WindowWidth 1920
    4. WindowHeight 1080
    5. ScreenRefreshRate 60
  3. Save.

Once successfully tested, I did close the game and, still on my PC, I did:

  1. Open NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience (Press :win: and type ‘GeForce’) and logged in with my account
  2. Open the Parameters (icon on the left of your account)
  3. Select the menu “SHIELD” on the right
  4. Enable the option GAMESTREAM
  5. And add the Steam game as those are not automatically detected (Ex.: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\LEGO STAR WARS The Force Awakens\LEGOSWTFA_DX11.exe)

Finally, on my NVIDIA Shield TV, I did:

  1. Open “NVIDIA Games” (It is under “Games” and not under “Applications”)
  2. Go to “My Library”
  3. Select “GameStream”
  4. The first time “GameStream” is accessed, it asks for your login. Use the same login as the one for “GeForce Experience”!
  5. Once connected, your PC is detected and
    1. All games available via GeForce Experience appear, including those you have added in GeForce Experience > Parameters > SHIELD. You can run any of those. They will play on your PC and be mirrored onto your NVIDIA
    2. one Icon STEAM also appears. This one can be used to start “Steam in BigPicture Mode” on your PC and stream it automatically to your NVIDIA.

Screenshots here.

Now, instead of using “NVIDIA Games”, I can also directly run “STEAM” (also available under Games).

And obviously, not only the video but also the sound is redirected from your PC to your NVIDIA. And in the opposite direction, commands from your SHIELD Controllers are send to the PC. So yes, you can play with them.

Hardwares Android Remotes tested with NVIDIA Shield TV

I have several Android remotes. Here is a short list of what keys are working well or not with my Nvidia Shield TV.

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FeBite Backlit 2.4G MX3

Backlit Fly Mouse MX3 2.4G

Backlit Fly Mouse MX3 2.4G

This is an Air Mouse (with 3-Gyro + 3-G sensor,) Mini QWERTY Wireless Keyboard for Android, Windows, … , with IR learning (up to 5 keys) and Backlit (this is why it’s my preferred one)

This remote does not look as cheap as the Rii i25 but, as far as I am concerned, with a weight of 100g and a size of 172x52x19mm, if does not fit in hands as well as the Minix.

It’s an exact clone of the Rii MX3(Multifunction 2.4G Fly Mouse Mini Wireless Keyboard & Infrared Remote Control & 3-Gyro + 3-Gsensor for Google Android TV/Box, IPTV, HTPC, Windows, MAC OS, PS3)

It works with 2 batteries AAA (Working Power: Less than 10mA in the work condition). When removed, one can store the receiver (a mini usb dongle) into the batteries slot, although not designed specifically for. This slot is also quite uneasy to open. The two batteries are “at the bottom” when using the remote as a pointer to control the mouse. So one does not feel their weight.

NB.: I didn’t test yet the IR Learning feature.

On the Home screen:

using the Keypad side:

  • Power button is tuning on/off the NVIDIA (which is not the case with all remotes).
  • Fast-backward, Fast-forward, Previous and Next buttons do nothing except if a music is playing, for example with Spotify in the background.
  • Search button opens the Voice Search feature. NVIDIA is next waiting on you to press the microphone button. Unfortunately, this remote has no microphone.
  • Play/Pause button does nothing except if a music is playing, for example with Spotify in the background.
  • Zoom-in and Zoom-out buttons do nothing.
  • Menu button does nothing
  • Home button clicked once comes back on top of the home screen.
  • Home button clicked twice shows the list of opened apps.
  • Home button clicked for 3 sec shows NVIDIA’s Shadowplay menu.
  • Return button does nothing on the home screen. But is works well when one opens the search feature, the browser or most Apps (Ex.: works with Plex. Do not work with Netflix. In such a case use the Home button).
  • The D-pad (Left/Right/Up/Down) navigates between the Apps and the Ok button runs the one currently selected.
  • A Long press on the Ok button on an App will lock it. You can next move it left or right and press again Ok to release it at its new position.
  • Volume Up/Down and Prev/Next Program button do nothing.
  • Mute button does nothing
  • Mouse button (a.k.a. Cursor button) enables/disables the mouse pointer. Once enabled, use the remote to move the mouse and the Ok button to click (and e.g. select an App). Once disabled, the mouse pointer will freeze and soon disappear. Tip: You can temporarily disabled the mouse to move and realign the remote and the pointer if necessary.
  • All other buttons do nothing, except the Internet button which opens a browser and for sure, the Backlit button which turn on/off the keys. Extremely useful when using this remote in the dark (which is often the case when connected to an HTPC system, …). The light switch off after a few seconds if the remote does not move anymore.

using the Keyboard side:

  • Left/Right/Up/Down can be used to navigate between Apps and Enter/Space can be used to run the currently selected App. But Left/Right/Down sometimes stop to work.
  • If one clicks the Search button, as it opens the Voice Search feature, the keyboard can’t be used.
  • To search, use the D-pad to select the Text Search feature. Once this feature opened, the keyboard can be used.
  • Backspace delete the last entered character.
  • Esc will cancel and exit the search feature. To reopen it easily, you can press Right and Enter
  • Press once Caps to switch into the capital mode. Press once again to switch back to the normal mode.
  • Press once ALT to switch into the special character or figures mode. Press once again to switch back to the normal mode.
  • Left/Right/up/Down can be used to select characters from the virtual keyboard. But pressing Enter won’t select the character currently focused. Instead the Virtual Keyboard will close.
  • Press once Enter to close the virtual Keyboard and once more to execute the search. It’s searching among the Apps, Youtube, Plex and Spotify if installed, …
  • If the Virtual Keyboard is closed, Left/Right can be used to edit the text entered.

With Plex:

  • Power button is tuning on/off the NVIDIA (not just plex!).
  • The D-pad (Left/Right/Up/Down) navigates between the users or the Menus and the Ok button can be used to select.
  • While playing a movie, Ok does a pause/play and Down opens the menu (Return will close it).
  • The figures (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0) can be used to type users’ pins.
  • Fast-backward, Fast-forward can be used to rewind/skip x sec.
  • Previous and Next buttons do nothing.
  • Search button opens the Voice Search feature (useless without a microphone). Press Return to close the feature. It does not open the search feature of Plex. You must select it with the D-pad . It’s the native search feature of the NVIDIA.
  • Play/Pause button work as expected while playing a movie.
  • Zoom-in and Zoom-out buttons do nothing.
  • Menu button does something “not visible”. Once pressed, the D-pad does not work anymore. Press a second time to unlock the D-pad .
  • Home button clicked once shows the home screen although the movie is continuing to play and keeps visible in the background. Press Return to hide the home screen.
  • Home button clicked twice shows the list of opened apps. Any movie currently playing is stopped.
  • Home button clicked for 3 sec does nothing.
  • Return button open the previous screen. It can be used to exit a movie currently playing or to exit Plex.
  • Volume Up/Down and Prev/Next Program button do nothing.
  • Mute button does nothing.
  • Mouse button enable/disable the mouse pointer.
  • All other buttons do nothing, except the Internet and Backlit button.

With Netflix:

  • Power button is tuning on/off the NVIDIA (not just Netflix!).
  • The D-pad (Left/Right/Up/Down) navigates between the users or the Menus and the Ok button can be used to select.
  • Up/Down can be used to open the menu while playing a movie. Return will close the menu.
  • Left/Right can be used to rewind/skip scene while playing a movie. Ok will continue to play from the selected scene.
  • Fast-backward, Fast-forward, Previous and Next work as expected while playing a movie.
  • Search button opens the Voice Search feature (useless without a microphone). Press Return to close the feature. It does not open the search feature of Netflix. You must select it with the D-pad. Next, use the keyboard. You can type of use the Arrows and Enter to select the letters on the Virtual Keyboard.
  • Play/Pause button work as expected while playing a movie.
  • Zoom-in and Zoom-out buttons do nothing.
  • Menu button does nothing.
  • Home button clicked once shows the home screen. Any movie currently playing is stopped.
  • Home button clicked twice shows the list of opened apps. Any movie currently playing is stopped.
  • Home button clicked for 3 sec shows NVIDIA’s Shadowplay menu.
  • Return button go back the previous screen. It can be used to exit a movie currently playing but won’t exit Netflix!.
  • Volume Up/Down and Prev/Next Program button do nothing.
  • Mute button does nothing.
  • Mouse button enable/disable the mouse pointer.
  • All other buttons do nothing, except the Internet and Backlit button.

Spotify:

  • Power button is tuning on/off the NVIDIA (not just Spotify!).
  • The D-pad (Left/Right/Up/Down) can be used to navigate and the Ok button can be used to select.
  • Fast-backward, Fast-forward, Previous and Next work as expected while playing a music.
  • Search button opens the Voice Search feature (useless without a microphone). Press Return to close the feature. It does not open the search feature of Spotify. You must select it with the D-pad. Unfortunately, the keyboard does not work with Spotify’s search feature and no Virtual Keyboard opens… I think that the problem is with the search feature…
  • Play/Pause button work as expected while playing music.
  • Zoom-in and Zoom-out buttons do nothing.
  • Menu button does nothing.
  • Home button clicked once shows the home screen. Any music currently playing will continue.
  • Home button clicked twice shows the list of opened apps. Any music currently playing will continue.
  • Home button clicked for 3 sec shows NVIDIA’s Shadowplay menu.
  • Return button go back the previous screen, including to the home screen. But the music, if any, will continue to play.
  • Volume Up/Down and Prev/Next Program button do nothing.
  • Mute button does nothing.
  • Mouse button enable/disable the mouse pointer.
  • All other buttons do nothing, except the Internet and Backlit button. Notice that the music, if any, will continue to play when a browser is opened.

Remote learning feature (copy/paste from here):

If you would like your MX3 remote to learn some commands from another remote, then you can teach it to ‘copy’ the IR signal of the other remote. For instance, whilst the power button will turn your player off, it wont turn it back on because its not using the same ‘Turn on’ signal as your standard android remote.  So here is what to do:

  1. Get your standard android remote (or any remote that you want to replicate a button from) and place it end-to-end with the MX3 so that the IR receivers are facing each other.
  2. Then, on the MX3 press and hold the red TV button. You will see the LED flashing rapidly then slow to a steady flash (the steady flash means the X3 is now in ‘learning’ mode)
  3. Release the ‘TV’ button.
  4. Now press the power button on the standard remote (or whichever button you want to map) You will see the LED light stop flashing and glow continuously, at this point press the power button on your MX3 remote. The LED will then flash again and eventually extinguish. This means the MX3 has finished ‘learning’ the IR code from the other remote and has successfully mapped it to the power button

MINIX  NEO A3 

The Neo A3 of Minix has more or less the same features as the FeBite MX3, although a bit heavier and larger (making it more comfortable than the FeBite MX3). It has however no backlit but a microphone for Voice input.

It works with two batteries AAA, one in each extremity, making it well balanced when using the keyboard. On the opposite, you can feel it, compared to the FeBite MX3, when using the remote as a pointer to control the mouse. NB.: one of the battery slot, when empty, can be used to store the receiver (a usb dongle). And both battery slots are easy to open.

Minix Neo A3

Minix Neo A3

On the Home screen:

using the Keypad side:

  • Power button is not tuning on/off the NVIDIA.
  • Settings button does nothing.
  • Recent Apps button does nothing. Double click the Home button instead.
  • Home button clicked once shows the home screen although the movie is continuing to play and keeps visible in the background. Press Return to hide the home screen.
  • Home button clicked twice shows the list of opened apps. Any movie currently playing is stopped.
  • Home button clicked for 3 sec does nothing.
  • The D-pad (Left/Right/Up/Down) navigates between the Apps and the Android button (Ok) runs the one currently selected.
  • Return button does nothing on the home screen. But is works well when one opens the search feature, the browser or most Apps (Ex.: works with Plex. Do not work with Netflix. In such a case use the Home button).
  • The Microphone does nothing if one does not open first the Voice Search feature with the D-pad. It works fine otherwise
  • Mouse button (A.k.a. Fly Mode) enable/disable the mouse pointer. Once enabled, use the remote to move the mouse and the Ok button to click (and e.g. select an App). Once disabled, the mouse pointer will freeze and soon disappear. Tip: You can temporarily disabled the mouse to move and realign the remote and the pointer if necessary.
  • Volume Up/Down buttons do nothing.
  • “Installed Apps lists” button does nothing.
  • Fast-backward, Fast-forward do nothing except if a music is playing, for example with Spotify in the background.
  • Play/Pause button does nothing except if a music is playing, for example with Spotify in the background.
  • Opposite to the FeBite MX3, there is no Zoom-in/Zoom-out buttons, no Previous/Skip buttons, no Browser button, no Search button, no Mute button.
  • A Long press on the Ok button on an App will lock it. You can next move it left or right and press again Ok to release it at its new position.
  • And no Backlit feature.

using the Keyboard side:

  • Left/Right/Up/Down can be used to navigate between Apps and Enter/Space can be used to run the currently selected App.
  • To search, use the D-pad to select the Text Search feature. Once this feature opened, the keyboard can be used.
  • Backspace (Del) deletes the last entered character.
  • Esc will cancel and exit the search feature. To reopen it easily, you can press Right and Enter
  • Press once Caps to switch into the capital mode. Press once again to switch back to the normal mode.
  • Press Shit simultaneously with a letter to type its capital.
  • Press once Fn to switch between letters and special characters or figures.
  • Left/Right/up/Down can be used to select characters from the virtual keyboard. But pressing Enter won’t select the character currently focused. Instead the Virtual Keyboard will close.
  • Press once Enter to close the virtual Keyboard and once more to execute the search. It’s searching among the Apps, Youtube, Plex and Spotify if installed, …
  • If the Virtual Keyboard is closed, Left/Right can be used to edit the text entered.
  • Tab can be used on the Home screen to move to the next App. It does nothing in the Text Search feature.

With Plex:

  • Power button is not tuning on/off anything.
  • Settings button does nothing.
  • Recent Apps button does nothing.
  • Menu button does nothing.
  • Home button clicked once comes back on top of the home screen.
  • Home button clicked twice shows the list of opened apps.
  • Home button clicked for 3 sec shows NVIDIA’s Shadowplay menu.
  • The D-pad (Left/Right/Up/Down) navigates between the users or the Menus and the Ok button can be used to select.
  • While playing a movie,
    • Ok does a pause/play.
    • Down opens the menu (Return will close it).
    • Right/Left rewind/skip x sec.
  • Return button opens the previous screen. It can be used to exit a movie currently playing or to exit Plex.
  • Volume Up/Down buttons do nothing.
  • “Installed Apps lists” button does nothing.
  • Mouse button enable/disable the mouse pointer.

With Netflix:

  • Power button is not tuning on/off anything.
  • Settings button does nothing.
  • Recent Apps button does nothing.
  • Menu button does nothing.
  • Home button clicked once shows the home screen. Any movie currently playing is stopped.
  • Home button clicked twice shows the list of opened apps. Any movie currently playing is stopped.
  • Home button clicked for 3 sec shows NVIDIA’s Shadowplay menu.
  • The D-pad (Left/Right/Up/Down) navigates between the users or the Menus and the Ok button can be used to select.
  • Up/Down can be used to open the menu while playing a movie. Return will close the menu.
  • Left/Right can be used to rewind/skip scene while playing a movie. Ok will continue to play from the selected scene.
  • Return button go back the previous screen. It can be used to exit a movie currently playing but won’t exit Netflix!.
  • Open the search feature of Netflix and use the keyboard to search (Voice search does not work with the microphone). You can type of use the Arrows and Enter to select the letters on the Virtual Keyboard.
  • Mouse button enable/disable the mouse pointer.
  • Volume Up/Down buttons do nothing.
  • “Installed Apps lists” button does nothing.
  • Fast-backward, Fast-forward work as expected while playing a movie.
  • Play/Pause button work as expected while playing a movie.

Spotify:

  • Power button is not tuning on/off anything.
  • Settings button does nothing.
  • Recent Apps button does nothing.
  • Menu button does nothing.
  • Home button clicked once shows the home screen. Any music currently playing will continue.
  • Home button clicked twice shows the list of opened apps. Any music currently playing will continue.
  • Home button clicked for 3 sec shows NVIDIA’s Shadowplay menu.
  • The D-pad (Left/Right/Up/Down) can be used to navigate and the Ok button can be used to select.
  • Return button go back the previous screen, including to the home screen. But the music, if any, will continue to play.
  • The microphone does not work as Spotify’s search feature and its Virtual Keyboard does not work ?!
  • Mouse button enable/disable the mouse pointer.
  • Volume Up/Down buttons do nothing.
  • “Installed Apps lists” button does nothing.
  • Fast-backward, Fast-forward work as expected while playing a music.
  • Play/Pause button work as expected while playing music.

Rii Mini i25

The Rii mini i25 is a Mini wireless AZERTY keyboard with IR remote and Air Mouse similar to the FeBite MX3, although smaller (170x48x11mm) and 10g heavier (110g)… and without backlit or microphone.

It has a built-in 450mAh lithium-ion battery that must be reloaded via usb micro-B. There is a switch on/off on the side. No slot to store the receiver (a usb dongle).

Rii Mini i25

Rii Mini i25

The red buttons does nothing (Power off, Set, …, Source and return).

There is a off button and the bottom-left, which turn off the NVIDIA, but does not turn it back on…

All other keys works as described for the Minix Neo A3 (Read more details here).

Rii Mini i8 

The Rii Mini i8 is also wireless keyboard, with a touch pad and an air Mouse but without 3-Gyro + 3-Gsensor, backlit or microphone. And because it seems extremely light (a feeling due to a large surface of plastic 148x97x18.5mm for only 109g), it looks cheaper than the others.

It comes with a removable lithium-ion battery of 280mAh which can be reloaded via usb mini-B. The slot with the internal battery has enough space to store the receiver (a usb dongle).

Rii Mini i8

Rii Mini i8

This is much more comfortable as a wireless keyboard to browse on a TV than a remote control for an HTPC.