With Steam Link now available as an Android app, countless devices running the OS now have access to your Steam library.
This means that all manner of phones, tablets and more can stream games being run by your desktop PC or laptop.
Those more powerful devices run the game, and then send a video stream of the gameplay to your mobile device over your home network.
Because of this, the Win models could always use Steam Link by just downloading the native Steam desktop app, but now the XD line also has that advantage.
With many preferring the XD for its simpler layout compared to the Win, it may sway some people who have been looking for more demanding games on mobile devices, in a package that isn’t the Nintendo Switch.
YouTube channel ETA PRIME has a great video above showing off how this all works and some of the pitfalls and problems with this setup.
It’s also worth noting that some of the mentioned problems may be due to the fact that the Steam Link app is in beta at the moment.
Another device that also combines physical controls with Android is the JXD Singularity S192K which has a much larger screen and a higher resolution compared to anything GPD or Nintendo can offer.
As with all these lesser known Chinese devices, make sure you research before committing to a purchase.
Alternatively there is always the DIY option of connecting your phone to a controller with some kind of mount.