Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Steam In-Home Streaming Goes Live - Including Non Steam Games


Steam has gone live with their In-Home Streaming. 
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.  


I have tested with titles like Skyrim and STALKER: Lost Alpha. Wait what?! STALKER Lost Alpha isn't on Steam. Precisely. I was able to stream a game that was merely a shortcut added Steam on my gaming machine and it worked well. Battlefield 4 did not work due to the need to launch a web browser for Battle Log.

Interesting details to note: 
The game play is visible on both machines, the Host(the PC the game is actually running on) and the Remote PC. Both keyboards and mice will interact with the game as expected.

My setup:
Gaming Machine(Host):
16GB RAM

Laptop(Remote):

Network:
Gigabit - Hardwired

I didn't notice any lag. I did notice very slight signs of compression off in the distant fog in Skyrim. Hardly something you'd notice if you weren't scrutinizing a new streaming technology.

This is quite promising indeed.