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Post by Eorl @ 10:25am 17/01/14 | 7 Comments
Since the initial reveal of Steam Machines late last year, Valve has continually been on the ball offering up large amounts of information ranging from what the machines look like to how the new SteamOS will operate. Today Valve has revealed that their In-Home Streaming functionality for Steam has now moved into limited beta, though the company does say they'll be expanding as time goes by.

“We've sent out invitations to development partners to try out the streaming beta,” Valve said on the program’s Steam group page. “As we iterate we'll add more and more people to the beta, so if you haven't gotten your invite, stay tuned!”

Taking a look at the discussion page for the group you can already see a number of hands-on experiences from lucky users, noting that there is currently a variety of errors, including lag, stuttering, and streaming not working at all. Though there are also a number of success stories, including computers as old as five years successfully streaming, albeit at 10 FPS.

The concept behind In-Home Streaming in Steam is to enable Steam customers to use the computational power of their gaming rig to play games on other less powerful devices on other screens in the house, the most typical example being the loungeroom TV --similar to online streaming services like OnLive and Gaikai, but on a home network.












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TiT
Posted 11:30am 17/1/14
Really looking forward to this, going to be epic playing Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Left for dead on the big screen :)
Hogfather
Posted 01:09pm 17/1/14
The concept behind In-Home Streaming in Steam is to enable Steam customers to use the computational power of their gaming rig to play games on other less powerful devices on other screens in the house, the most typical example being the loungeroom TV --similar to online streaming services like OnLive and Gaikai, but on a home network.
That's part of it, sure.

The big deal is all about being able to play your Windows titles on their Linux-based SteamOS. This builds the Linux base for Steam, attracting developers to port their code to it natively or consider native deployment strategies.

Something broke with the Microsoft-Valve relationship quite badly a year or two ago, when you consider that that vast lion's share of Steam's revenue is WIndows platform game sales! The Gaben does NOT like the Windows Store.
Zapo
Posted 12:12pm 17/1/14
I'm pretty keen for this. DOTA 2 tournaments on my shitty lounge room PC - yes please. Games with full controller support - yes please.

Great great idea, here's hoping it works properly!
Tollaz0r!
Posted 02:42pm 17/1/14
The thing that broke Hoggy, was MS moving towards a store-front type deal with Windows 8. Gabe was also looking into Linux well before then too.

I'm totally looking forward to this streaming goodness, it would be grand to play certain games on the Big TV that are on steam..
Hogfather
Posted 02:53pm 17/1/14
The thing that broke Hoggy, was MS moving towards a store-front type deal with Windows 8. Gabe was also looking into Linux well before then too.

Oh yeh, as I said Gabe hates the Store with a passion :) its just really fascinating to watch it all play out. Everyone is chasing their own eStore presence for different platforms which is great news for the consumer IMO (like that ridiculous Origin humble bundle and Steam's wallet-emptying annual sales).

Every time someone says ALL JUST ON STEAM PLS I do die a little inside, tho. Its the competition that makes it all so awesome.
I'm totally looking forward to this streaming goodness, it would be grand to play certain games on the Big TV that are on steam..

I have SO MANY console port games on Steam that play well on a controller but it feels so gumby and wrong to sit at a desk and use my 360 controller. Looking forward to this :)
Zapo
Posted 03:13pm 17/1/14
I have SO MANY console port games on Steam that play well on a controller but it feels so gumby and wrong to sit at a desk and use my 360 controller. Looking forward to this :)


This!!
Thundercracker
Posted 04:04pm 17/1/14
+1 to that.

I like my roguelike platformers so I also have a lot of PC games that play really well with controllers, and would be great in the living room.
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