I was in the Steam in-home streaming beta, and it was like a glimpse in to the future. Naturally, it had mixed results and is entirely dependent on your home network, but i was able to stream my steam games from my desktop, to my underpowered laptop connected to my TV, and have it all be rather playable. It’s now out of beta, so you all get to try it too!
Valve announced the news yesterday, saying that they’ve opened the gates to all and sundry..
In-Home Streaming, a new feature of Steam, is now released to all users. Players who have multiple computers at home can immediately take advantage of the new feature. When you log into Steam on two computers on the same network, they automatically connect, allowing you to remotely install, launch, and play games as though you were sitting at the remote PC.
Steam In-Home Streaming allows you to play your PC games on lower-end computers such as a laptop or home theater PC, or a computer running another operating system such as OS X, SteamOS, or Linux.
When you play a game using In-Home Streaming, video and audio are sent through your home network from your high-end gaming PC to another device in your home. From here, your keyboard, mouse, and controller input is sent back to the remote computer.
So yes, it’s windows only at the moment, but it’ll be coming to everything else later – including that Steam-powered set-top boxes that nobody really has any faith in.
Here’s how to set it up – and it’s easy peasy.
- Log into Steam on your Windows* PC
- Log into Steam on another computer on the same network
- Visit your Steam library to start streaming between them
- Enjoy the magic.
You can even stream non Steam games, but that’s not officially supported. Those sporting a PlayStation 4 and a Vita already know that this sort of thing can work rather well, though it is of course all rather situation dependent. If you have a laptop lying about, or a weaker HTPC under your TV, give it a whirl.
Last Updated: May 22, 2014