A gamer should not be restricted to a console to watch a game on TV. What about your favorite smartphone or tablet games? Some games, like Nintendo Switch, allow you to play mobile and console games.
Now there’s a simple way to wirelessly “screen mirror” your mobile game to your television. Wireless display is another name for this. The good news is that you can now play your smartphone games on a big screen like Oceanhorn, Monster Hunter Stories, Panther Online or Clash of Clans.
Screen Mirroring on Android or Windows Devices
Miracast is a screen mirroring technology built into most Samsung phones and other Android smartphones (4.2+). You will not need to install any software. Miracast is usually included on devices running Windows 8.1 or higher.
You will need two things to wirelessly display games from your mobile device on a TV: 1]a device that supports “Miracast” and 2]a wireless display adapter such as the ScreenBeam Mini2. It’s then a simple matter of projecting your phone’s screen onto the TV. Here’s how to do it:
- Confirm that your device supports Miracast before purchasing a wireless video adapter.
- Connect the wireless video adapter to your TV’s HDMI port.
- Change your TV’s input source to Mini2.
- Finally, locate the wireless display app on your mobile device and select “ScreenBeam” from the list.
- You should now be logged in.
Apple devices with screen mirroring
Apple gadgets are made to work with a limited number of other items. As a result, using an Apple TV to wirelessly share your iPhone or iPad with your TV is the most convenient option. Screen sharing is as simple as clicking the screen mirroring icon in Control Center and selecting Apple TV after Apple TV is set up.
Miracast Receiver or Amazon Fire Stick
It’s not the end of the world if your TV doesn’t support Miracast right away; however, you’ll need some additional hardware to bridge the gap between your smartphone and your not-so-smart TV.
However, you have many possibilities. Mirroring is supported by Roku’s Streaming Stick+ and Express devices, as well as the Amazon Fire TV stick. You can also buy specialized screen-sharing dongles online that will receive the signal without requiring you to install an operating system. They are also often cheaper than more popular dongles.
However, not every smart stick supports mirroring. Although Sky’s Now TV stick is based on Roku technology and will appear when you search for screen mirroring hardware on your phone, it will not allow you to mirror your screen.
Another significant wireless streaming standard we can employ is the latest. It’s Google’s Chromecast. Chromecast, like Miracast, allows you to reflect your phone’s screen on your TV. There are, however, some more advanced things going on as well.
Certain games include Chromecast features that use the phone as a second screen, not just a mirror image, for the experience. This is supported by games like Angry Birds Go! and Risk: Global Domination. It is used for multiplayer in Risk. The phone is passed between participants, and the TV screen does not reveal each player’s strategy.
This kind of functionality has much more potential. However, since many people don’t use Chromecast to play games on TV, it’s not high on developers’ priority list. And those priority lists are often filled with items.
You will almost certainly need a Chromecast dongle if you want to test Chromecast games. As they use the Android TV interface, some TVs have it built-in.
Sony and Philips TVs are the most popular with Android TV. There’s no reason to replace your TV when you can get a Chromecast for around £30.
MHL HDMI cable
The problem with using wireless streaming to play Android games on your TV is latency. With the second generation Chromecast dongle, Google’s improved screen mirroring, although all Miracast and Chromecast settings experience some delay. Even with a lightning-fast internet connection, this lag will be noticeable in fast-paced action games.
The solution is to go with a wired option. An MHL or Slimport compatible phone can be connected to an HDMI port on a TV in the same way that a console can be connected to a TV charging socket.
All you need is the appropriate adapter cable. There are numerous possibilities available on the internet.