Imagine streaming Grand Theft Auto V, with maxed out visuals, running at 60 FPS, on your Nintendo Switch while laying in bed. Imagine playing Dark Souls III from your hotel room, or StarCraft II from a lounge chair in your back yard while you roast some marshmallows over a fire. It sounds like a pipe-dream, but it could very well become reality soon thanks to a new app called Rainway.
This is an app that will allow you to stream your PC games to pretty much any device connected to the internet. A laptop, your iPhone or Android smartphone, and yes, even the Nintendo Switch. The developer dropped in a Reddit thread confirming as much, saying, "I'm building Rainway which will work on all GPUs and have support for streaming to your web browser, phone (iOS/Android), Xbone and Nintendo Switch. We're hopefully launching the beta next month."
It sounds too good to be true, right? Especially since Nintendo is notorious for policing the types of software loaded up onto the eShop. Surely this wouldn't fly with them, right? According to the dev, Nintendo seems to be on board. A redditor asked specifically, "Is Nintendo on board with this idea or will users have to find workarounds?" The developer responded, saying, "It will be available in the eShop."
If it's available on the Nintendo eShop, then that means it has Nintendo's official seal of approval. If this actually pans out, it will be huge. The Nintendo Switch supports 5GHz wifi signals, so assuming you're within a reasonable distance from you're router, there shouldn't be much latency at all if the developer handles everything correctly on his end. Here are the official features listed on the Rainway website:
Leverage the power of your PC
- Enjoy Civilization VI from the comfort of your couch with a tablet, play Stardew Valley on the go from your phone or just enjoy your favorite PC games on macOS and Linux all at 60FPS.
No additional hardware required
- Any GPU that supports DirectX 11 can take advantage of the Rainway MSG protocol.
- Rainway handles configuring your network and securing your connection so the only thing you have to worry about is playing your games.
Needless to say, we're intensely interested in Rainway, especially its rolling out on the Nintendo Switch. We'll try to get in touch with the developer and to clarify whether or not he's received Nintendo's blessing for this project, and we'll update you as soon as we learn more. In the meantime, feel free to register for Rainway here.