If your application is a game that requires a gamepad and you want it to be executed in a remote environment with access via RDP, we’ll tell you about a simple way to redirect your game controller to any remote machine. In this brief tutorial, you’ll also learn about an alternative solution for remote desktop gaming.
Let’s say you have an Xbox controller that needs to be used over RDP for remote desktop gaming on Windows 10. In order to forward the device to the remote desktop you should install a dedicated software app like RDP USB Redirector (aka USB Network Gate) on both computers, the one with your controller physically connected (RDP client) and the one on which you will access the device remotely (RDP server). This software will provide USB redirection between the two machines in such a way that the remote desktop will recognize and treat your Xbox one controller as though it were its local peripheral.
USB Network Gate is a handy app designed for sharing USB devices over the Remote Desktop Protocol. It allows forwarding any number of USB peripherals to a remote computer thus making them available for remote access.
USB Network Gate is a useful tool for Remote Desktop gaming. By limiting access to any connected USB devices, you can rest assured no other remote desktop sessions will be able to access your game controller. Per-session isolation enables a designated RDP session to be given exclusive access to a USB device. This feature lets you maintain USB device access for a specific session while restricting other users from connecting to the peripheral equipment.
As an alternative to the Remote Desktop Protocol, you may try the Steam Link app and its noteworthy feature called Steam Remote Play. This feature allows extending your gaming experience to a smartphone, tablet, TV, or another desktop.
Steam Remote Play makes it possible to play your own game remotely when logged in to Steam on another computer. Thanks to this option, you can start intensive and demanding graphics games on low end computers and unsupported operating systems.
Note: for best performance, it’s recommended to use a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network or a wired connection.
On the gaming host:
Now that you have your host set up you need to set up your client:
The Remote Play technology uses its own network protocol with low latency, which allows you to broadcast video in real time.
When you play a game using Steam Remote Play, the image and sound are transferred from the gaming computer to another device which, in turn, sends the input and voice back to the computer. This whole process takes milliseconds.
Steam Remote Play undoubtedly deserves your attention if you are looking for a solution for remote desktop gaming. However, it’s known that you may face some difficulty using your steam controller on the client PC. If this happens to you, no worries! The USB for Remote Desktop app will help you easily solve this problem.
Once you share the controller attached to the client computer and connect to it on the gaming host with the help of USB for Remote Desktop, the game will think you have the controller plugged into the host PC though it's plugged in the client PC.