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.