How to stream PS5 games to Steam Deck

stream PS5 games to Steam Deck - An image of a Steam Deck

stream PS5 games to Steam Deck - An image of a Steam Deck

For those who own both a Steam Deck and a PS5, you don't need a PlayStation portal to enjoy your favourite PlayStation games from the comfort of your couch or bedroom. With a little setup, you can stream PS5 games to Steam Deck.

This is especially handy when the TV is in use by someone else, or when you simply prefer a more personal gaming experience. Leveraging Remote Play with your Steam Deck offers a convenient solution to play games like Helldivers 2 and Returnal on the device.

Read on to discover how you can seamlessly stream PS5 games to Steam Deck.

How to stream PS5 to Steam Deck

To stream PS5 to Steam Deck, you'll require a third-party app called Chiaki4Deck, as the official PS Remote Play app isn't supported on SteamOS. This app acts as a bridge, enabling the Remote Play functionality on Valve's gaming handheld.

Install Chiaki4Deck on Steam Deck

  • Access the Desktop Mode on your Steam Deck
  • Open the Discover software centre and type in "Chiaki4Deck"
  • Install Chiaki4Deck

Enable Remote Play on your PS5

  • Go to Settings > System > Remote Play on your PS5 and enable Remote Play
  • From the Power Saving tab, go to Features Available In Rest Mode
  • Enable Stay Connected to the Internet
  • Enable Turning On PS5 From Network

Configure Chiaki4Deck

  • Open Chiaki4Deck and it will detect the PS5 on the same network
  • Click on the PS5 to register it
  • Enter your PSN Account ID (Base64), which you can obtain from the website:

Link your Steam Deck

  • Go to Settings > System > Remote Play on your PS5 and select "Link Device"
  • Get the 8-digit code and enter it into the PIN field in Chiaki4Deck
  • Click "Register" to complete the process.

Keep in mind that performance and input latency can vary based on your network setup and the capabilities of your devices. It's recommended to use a wired connection or a strong Wi-Fi signal for the best experience.

Best Chiaki4Deck settings

Out of the box, Chiaki4Deck may present some audio and streaming problems, such as crackling sounds and less-than-ideal video quality Fortunately, by adjusting certain settings, you can mitigate these issues significantly.

  • Resolution: 1080p
  • FPS: 60
  • Bitrate: 24,000
  • Codec: H265
  • Audio Buffer Size: 20,000
  • Hardware decode method: vaapi

If you experience stuttering, consider reducing the bitrate to 20,000. Conversely, for improved video quality, increase it to 30,000. Additionally, experiment with the H264 codec to determine which setting yields the best results.

How to add Chiaki4Deck to your Steam Library

Adding Chiaki4Deck to your Steam Library makes it convenient to switch between your PC games and PS5 games, keeping all your gaming activities centralised within the Steam interface on your Steam Deck.

Follow these steps to add Chiaki4Deck to your Steam Library:

  • In the Steam client on your Desktop Mode, navigate to the bottom left corner and click on "Add a Game" followed by "Add a Non-Steam Game...".
  • With Chiaki4Deck selected in the list, click "Add Selected Programs". Click on "Browse..." if Chiaki4Deck is not listed.
  • Chiaki4Deck will now appear in your Steam Library.

With that, we conclude our guide on how to stream PS5 to Steam Deck. We hope you found this guide useful. While you're here, consider exploring how to install EmuDeck on your Steam Deck as well.

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