Rainway TV app impressions: Couch-friendly PC games
Rainway might not be a name everyone has heard before, and that’s perfectly fine. Developed to give you access to your PC game library anytime, anywhere, the streaming app has made a name for itself since its initial release on Android and iOS devices. Now, however, the Rainway app is making its way to the living room along with Apple TV and Android TV, and FireTV apps. Although it does encounter a few speed bumps along the way, the overall experience is definitely worth trying.
nothing in the bank
Unlike other streaming services, Rainway costs you nothing to set up and use. Of course, the biggest difference here is that Rainway doesn’t offer you access to dedicated servers located anywhere else in the world. For this reason, it takes a half-decent computer to run your games.
That being said, Rainway isn’t trying to reinvent game streaming like many other companies are doing. Instead, Rainway tries to give you a way to enjoy the games you already have, on the system you already have, in more ways than ever. The app originally launched on iOS in January 2020, followed by its Android release a month later in February. Now the company is taking another leap forward and switching to multiple TV devices.
The goal of the new Rainway TV app is to give PC gamers a way to disconnect from their desktop without losing access to their favorite games. You can download the Rainway app on your PC, then on your TV streaming device, connect a controller, then start. It’s a very easy process to go through at first, and it didn’t take long to get the test system sent to us up and running.
Elegant and refined
The UI is easily one of the most important parts of any app, especially one that you’ll navigate with a controller. For this reason, Rainway has done a great job in situating the user interface of its TV application to be elegant and refined. Everything you need is right on the screen and easy to access, and you can press various shortcut keys to bring up menus and enable greater functionality.
I never had a problem finding the games I wanted when using the app, and the controller worked just fine with the Apple TV app I used to test it. Everything worked as expected and I never encountered any crashes or performance issues in the app during the roughly 10 hours I spent testing various games in the system. To get a bit of a comparison, I downloaded the Rainway app on my phone (an Apple iPhone 11), and the experience on the Apple TV app was much better overall. That’s not to say this iPhone app isn’t good or anything, but I just thought everything worked a bit better on the TV.
To be or not to be
Of course, the most important thing about a streaming app for most people will be quality. Given that we’ve seen various streaming services offering sub-par quality, it might seem a bit unreasonable that a service like Rainway – which doesn’t charge any kind of upfront fee or anything – could deliver an all-around performance more fluid. Surprisingly, the Rainway TV app offers a fantastic experience, even over Wi-Fi.
During my time testing the app, I played a few different games, as well as tested a few different network setups. I tested the Rainway app with The Witcher 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Destiny 2. Each game ran well in the Rainway environment, although I noticed a drop in quality when playing each game. them on Wi-Fi.
That being said, wi-fi hasn’t been a terrible experience on Rainway, and to be honest, if I was just looking to get away from my desk a bit, I’d be more than happy to run Rainway on wi. -fi from my PC in the living room. Of course, the best way to experience Rainway is to use it on a PC connected to your internet via an Ethernet cable, and the experience was much smoother and less pixelated overall.
I will say that Destiny 2 definitely suffered from a few more quality issues compared to Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Witcher 3. Due to how fast Destiny 2 is and how often you move, the game is experiencing drops in quality during the game. . It’s nothing super noticeable, and about what you’d expect from any type of game streaming program.
A great addition to game streaming
While I doubt game streaming will ever reach the levels many want, Rainway does a great job working with what you already have to offer. The easy setup, no monthly subscription fees, and the ability to access games from any launch service on just about any major device is a huge plus. While the quality of the game isn’t as good as it would be natively on your machine, it never drops enough to really nullify the service.
If you’re looking for a way to play your PC games in the living room without breaking the bank, then Rainway’s TV app is a great addition to the world of game streaming, and I highly recommend checking it out.
These impressions are based on an evaluation unit provided by Rainway. You can learn more about Rainway on the official website.