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If you want to connect your local gamepad to a remote game station via the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to play favorite games, there’s a simple way to do this. As you may know, remote protocols cannot support USB devices of some types, but with a reliable third-party USB for Remote Desktop, you’ll be able to forward virtually any local USB peripheral over RDP with only a few clicks. In this article, we’ll tell you about the simplest solution for sharing an Xbox gamepad over the network and gaming over a remote desktop.
This is it! Just a few mouse clicks and you can enjoy remote desktop gaming on Windows 10 or any other platform supporting the RDP protocol.
As you already know how to redirect an Xbox gamepad over the network, let’s focus on the main aspect of RDP tuning for gaming purposes.
Here is one of the most simple and easy scenarios of RDP setting up for gaming. As all of us are well aware, hardware encoding is ONLY ever used with AVC444 encoding. If your client isn't explicitly telling the server that it is AVC444 capable (e.g. can only handle AVC420), a RDP server will NEVER use any hardware encoding. I think this is because MS uses a special codec to generate a stream that is AVC420 decoder correct but applies special encoding that ensures fonts do not look block and blurry.
So for gaming via RDP you’ll need to have both your host and client running on Windows 10 Pro platform.
On the host-side, go to the local group policy editor and then to the computer configuration > administrative templates. Open the windows components and proceed to remote desktop services > remote session environment. Once you’re there, find the “prioritize h.264/avc 444 graphics mode for remote desktop connections” entry and set it to "enable".
Ok, let’s do a quick recap.
Here's what you need to set up RDP for gaming:
If you have good knowledge of RDP settings, this method will be a reliable means for remote access. By connecting over RDP, you get the ability to not only see a remote desktop screen but also use the resources of a remote computer and connect your local drives or peripheral devices to it. For this to be done, the computer must have an external IP address (static or dynamic), or it should be possible to forward the port via a router with an external IP address.
An RDP client allows you to work with text and graphics applications, get data from your remote home PC, etc. To do this, you have to configure your router to forward the remote desktop port (3389 by default) to the correct computer on your network.
Some users consider RDP an unsafe way of remote access compared to dedicated programs, such as Radmin, TeamViewer, VNC, etc. Another myth is that RDP uses a lot of bandwidth. But the truth is that RDP is no less secure than any other solution for remote access, and in many common scenarios RDP’s bandwidth usage is lower than many of the screen scraping approaches can hope to achieve.
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