View Full Version : Steam in-home streaming is live for all users

05-21-2014, 06:20 PM


Steam's in-home streaming service is available to all users starting today for now, the hosting computer must be a Windows PC, but Valve says SteamOS, Linux and Mac OS X hosting is coming soon. Users with multiple computers on the same network are now able to play PC games on lower-end computers, and play PC games on Mac OS X, SteamOS or Linux.

Yes, Dark Souls 2 on your Macbook Air.

To stream, users must log into Steam on a Windows PC (for now), and then log into Steam on another computer on the same network. Then check out your Steam library and start streaming some games. Once a game is installed on one computer, there's no need to install it on the other streaming computers. As Steam describes it:

"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."

I had no idea this was even in planning! I am going to try it out ASAP.

Drunken Savior
05-21-2014, 07:39 PM
Yeah I've been playing around with it in Beta. :)

Trying to use it with Wireless has been pretty spotty, but that's because I don't have a wireless AC router. When I hardline it, I can use my PC to play games on my laptop anywhere. Some friends have even come over to use it on their laptops too.

In the future, I can see myself having a small set of gaming PCs in a remote place in the house (like the garage, hopefully a place that is fairly dry and cold) and then just small, low powered PCs in different rooms that people can game or watch media through.

05-21-2014, 08:42 PM
This is the future I've been telling people of computers.

You're going to have one main central computer that will steam/run to other hub computers, be it laptop, desktop or tablet, and possibly your phone.

You will be able to do everything your computer can on any device.

I've been saying this for over 10 years and everyone laughed at me! LAUGHED I TELLS YOU! LAUGHHHEEDDD!

Drunken Savior
05-21-2014, 10:53 PM

05-26-2014, 09:58 PM
I just gave it a shot today. I was impressed.


I haven't tweaked any settings yet. I am hopeful there is a option to stop the game from being mirrored on the HOST. So the wife lady could use the TV as I still play a game.