You know that old, pathetic laptop that you love dearly but really can’t run any games anymore? Well, it’s about to get a breath of new life – Steam In-Home Streaming lets you use your over-powered gaming rig to do the heavy lifting.
That’s right, Steam In-Home Streaming is live. Now, it’s still in beta, which means you need to opt into the Steam client beta on two computers. Yes, this feature is in beta, so they are using you to find out the recommended system requirements for hardware and network, but it still sounds pretty cool:
Steam in-home streaming will allow you to play a game on one computer when the game process is actually running on another computer elsewhere in your home. Through Steam, game audio and video is captured on the remote computer and sent to the player’s computer. The game input (keyboard, mouse or gamepad) is sent from the player’s computer to the game process on the remote computer.
Any two computers in a home can be used to stream a gameplay session and this can enable playing games on systems that would not traditionally be able to run those games. For example, a Windows only game could be streamed from a Windows PC to a Steam Machine running Linux in the living room. A graphically intensive game could be streamed from a beefy gaming rig in the office to your low powered laptop that you are using in bed. You could even start a game on one computer and move to a more comfortable location and continue playing it there.
Wait, does this mean that I could stream PC games to my Mac? What a glorious day! I can finally make use of the husband’s awesome gaming rig without actually kicking him off the PC. Although, I wonder if he can stream Steam games to me and still have enough juice to play Minecraft on there. I’m still not sure how it all works, but if you’re keen for trying it out in beta, the world is your oyster. Play games on machines that actually can’t handle the processing, even in bed. Welcome to the future!
Last Updated: January 27, 2014