Steam’s In-Home Streaming now available to everybody

Steam In-Home Streaming

By on May 22, 2014 at 8:40 am

After an extensive beta test, Valve have finally pulled the wraps off Steam’s In-Home Streaming functionality and opened it to the general public.

The official website explains it all quite well, but here’s the gist: get two computers together on the same network, log into the same Steam account from both of them, and just start streaming content from one to the other.

The most common use of this will of course be for playing games on your laptop that are being streamed from your high-powered PC in another room, but no doubt some more imaginative and inventive uses will soon arise.

Currently in-home streaming works only if the source PC is running Windows, though any version of Steam can be the receiving PC. Valve expect to allow streaming from any version of Steam soon.

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One month ago it still ran terribly if you were using wireless, has that changed?

 

Yeah, my home network is completely wireless. I wonder if it will be able to take the load.

Regardless,need to get something hooked up to my TV and give this a shot. Watch Dogs from my PC to my TV in the lounge room? Sorry honey, yes please.

 

> Currently in-home streaming is for Windows users only, with Linux and Mac support expected soon.

Not true?

Play your Windows games on devices running other operating systems
Currently Mac OS X, Linux, and SteamOS, with support for more systems coming soon.

So, the source device must be a Windows machine, but OSX, Linux and SteamOS can all be the receiver. Awesome.

 

If you haven’t tried this it’s actually pretty amazing. I was using it with a wired network to my desktop and wireless to my laptop, works pretty well. If you’re playing a game with a save option you’ll want to use that a bit more frequently, but it mostly just works. Barely notice you’re not playing locally.

 

texelate: So, the source device must be a Windows machine, but OSX, Linus and SteamOS can all be the receiver. Awesome.

Ah I see, I misread that. Cheers!

 

I tested this recently and noticed some pretty dramatic input lag when running across my cabled network. I noted that the switch I was running the laptop off (the client) was a 10/100 switch and I wondered if that was the issue. Plugging the laptop directly into the gig eithernet switch that the desktop runs off resulted in silky smooth performance. It could be a dodgy cable or port on the switch – still have to do some testing there. Anyone else had it working well at HD resolutions without lag on a 10/100 network?

 

Loading Metro 2033 brb

 

Oooo, very cool, so could using my linux media PC in the lounge hooked up to the “big screen” running the Steam client, and play off the (Win7) gaming rig in the study, that could be very handy.

Q: Can it be any linux distro ( personally, been using Fedora for years, so is platform of choice), or needs to be / better if using Steam/OS?

 

Streamed some games while in beta to my surface and they were fine. Had input lag but nothing noticeable.

Games were Batman: AO and Assetto Corsa on full settings over wireless for those interested.

 

Might be worth noting that there’s currently a bug report for Windows->Linux streaming failing if the Windows box is running the latest 337.50 Nvidia beta drivers.

With earlier drivers, it works surprisingly well across gbit cable. I wouldn’t play twitch shooters on it, but then again, most games using 360 pad are fine.

 

So … hooking my media server up to my TV so I can use it to play games … ok.

 

spooler:
So … hooking my media server up to my TV so I can use it to play games … ok.

Not actually sure what you’re point is, Spooler. This is about using that beefy gaming rig in another part of your house to play games on your TV that is connected to a lower powered media centre or laptop etc. I’m using a 5 year old computer to play games released today, which is pretty sweet. :)

 

Tried it today on my shitty laptop. Played RAGE on the TV and it was beautiful!

If only I could get my xbox wireless windows controller to bloody work on my laptop.

 

c0mc0,

My media server is significantly less beefy than my desktop, my point is I now need to find a HDMI cable to connect my TV to my media server to make use of this … that is all. although I guess I could use my windows 8.1 Tablet to do it … that’d be pretty cool …

 

The system is interesting, but I’d like to see it run the games on the host machine as a background process, so that the host machine could still do other stuff.

On a side note, I tried this with Thief a week or so ago (been in the beta test for months now), and it would not work with Mantle enabled. Tomb Raider also would not run with TressFX enabled. I’m not sure that it’s something they will even be willing to fix, as these features are built into too few games to worry about, but I could be wrong. It’s also worth noting that this happened with AMD 14.1 beta drivers, not the RC version, so that may have fixed it too…I’ve yet to try.

 

spooler:
c0mc0,

My media server is significantly less beefy than my desktop, my point is I now need to find a HDMI cable to connect my TV to my media server to make use of this … that is all. although I guess I could use my windows 8.1 Tablet to do it … that’d be pretty cool …

Ah. Fair enough mate. I read it as you not getting what was unique about this. My bad. :)

I personally would love to see it working on Android devices – playing touch enabled CIV 5 on my slow 1st gen Galaxy Tab 10.1 would be sweet! :)

 

c0mc0: Ah. Fair enough mate. I read it as you not getting what was unique about this. My bad. :)

Nah that’s fault my first post was pretty hideously unclear… one of those things that seemed alot better untill I re-read it lol.

If it works over wi-fi it’ll be incredible on my transformer tab.

 
Lord_PorkSword

So will non-steam games, that are added to my steam library, work?
I’m wondering if I can work on Unreal Engine 4 on my laptop which doesn’t run the engine too well.

 

I read that non-Steam games do work, yes. Haven’t tried this myself…

 

Yes, non-steam games work.

hadokenx,

This is my thought exactly. As it is right now the streaming process ties up 2 computers at a time which isn’t ideal for me.

 
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