Steam in-home streaming beta invites going out now

Valve dispatches unspecified number of invitations to beta period for new streaming service.

Steam's in-home streaming beta is underway, as Valve announced last night that it has sent out invitations to users to try out the new service. The developer said initial invitations went to development partners only, but it appears general Steam members are also getting in.

Numerous Steam users have posted early impressions of Steam in-home streaming on Twitter and through Valve's own community page. As you would expect for a beta, some users are reporting various issues, while others say the service is running smoothly.

In a separate announcement, Valve urged users experiencing poor performance, graphical glitches, or black screens to make sure they have the latest drivers installed.

Valve began accepting sign-ups for Steam in-home streaming in November. You can sign up for a slot in the beta by joining the official group in the Steam Community.

Steam's in-home streaming service is free and is designed to allow users to play their Steam library on other machines in their house, connected to the same network. External streaming is not supported.

Last week at CES 2014, 13 third-party Steam Machines were announced from manufacturers like Alienware and Digital Storm, among others. Check out our roundup of those devices, featuring images, prices, and specification details for the systems.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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al_is_here
al_is_here

not as powerful as xb1? did you guys smoke crack before saying that?

xKnees
xKnees

It sounds like a good idea but i dont know how there gonna pull this off but its valve so they will find a way.

adamsabo
adamsabo

So let me get this straight, a PC which its only usability is to play games, no actual OS, and it plugs into your TV, and you use a Controller instead of a Key/Mouse setup... So when you go online to play a FPS or anything competitive, you get shit on because your playing against the guy who is using his PC, with a Key/Mouse, like you should be doing. Yep makes perfect sense.

Maarten Bos
Maarten Bos

Because I don't plug my computer into my tv, but my laptop, which I can move easily. As I said. And because I said "from my PC to my TV" which means the PC is the source of the stream, and the TV is where I stream it to. But obviously this is done through my laptop. Edit: and PC/Laptop have 2 different meanings, besides that the Laptop is considered a portable computer, PC stands for: Personal Computer.

Trevor Merrill
Trevor Merrill

Guys, back away from the lunatic. He proudly represents the Xbox One to the point where he put it as his timeline photo. Not only is that sad and creepy, but that means he is against ALL freedom in the gaming industry. To him, all must conform to the will of The One.

Trevor Merrill
Trevor Merrill

Why would you plug your computer into your TV to stream games? That defeats the entire purpose lol.

Trevor Merrill
Trevor Merrill

Hey look guys, we found the ONLY person in the universe that hates Steam!! Let's just stare at him in fascination for awhile...until we realize that he describes his occupation as "God" and that he is a complete lunatic...nothing to see here.

Bob Rea
Bob Rea

Uhh, Dan Dan Offerdahl. You could buy a pc and be set for 8-10 years as well too. But you also have the ability to upgrade your hardware whenever you choose to so you aren't "set" with 8-10 year old hardware. I own a gaming pc and consoles and there are benefits to each. If you can't see that, then you are too stupid to take part in this conversation in the first place

numbes
numbes

Dear Gaben our all powerful overlord please deliver unto us and operating system that plays most games better than the massive pile of bloat ware that is windows that is all no steam machines, no streaming, minimal features 

Leonid Steiner
Leonid Steiner

Well, I wouldn't call him a complete idiot just because he prefers consoles, but with consoles you are locked to the same hardware. No customisation there. If something inside your PS/Xbox gets fucked, good luck fixing it. My PC fan got fucked, guess what ? I got a new one and fixed it on the spot. I repeat : i have both PS and Xbox, love them both but no freedom there.

Phil Wyman
Phil Wyman

if you honestly believe consoles are better than pc then you are a complete idiot

Daniel Dee Holmes
Daniel Dee Holmes

it is the digital service is what is wrong with the Byron invading peoples privacy which it does and not on my computer it will never be on here AGAIN privacy is worth fighting for and Valve will FALL

Bryon Jones
Bryon Jones

good look with that buddy, Steam is the largest Digital service on PC,MAC, and Linux.

Leonid Steiner
Leonid Steiner

100s of dollars every 2 year ?! No need for that. Dont need the newest and most poweful hardware to play PC games, unless you're a total elitist of course. I have not updated my PC in many years, running BF 4 on ultra. No problem finding servers on PC games so I dont see the problem there. There are more players on console servers, but they are usually much younger and more imature. And the games you think are trash may not be trash to other peolple. Dont like early access ? Dont buy early access.

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Actually i do care about privacy and i've never had a problem with Steam in all the years i've been there so idk what you're talking about really.

Daniel Dee Holmes
Daniel Dee Holmes

steam forces you to have it or not play any new pc game scream steam and valve you dont care about privacy but i do

Dan Offerdahl
Dan Offerdahl

more games, maybe, but like cable tv, more isn't better, it just means more trash is available, and steam with it's greenlight garbage and the even worse early access nonsense, is flooding the market with terrible, incomplete, awful games. the reality is, consoles will always be better. when it comes to gaming, the gamer should always be put first. PC doesn't do that. PC "gaming" is all about who has the deepest pockets, and what's the easiest way to exploit those deep pockets. all you need to play Xbox or Playstation is a 4-500$ console and you're set for 8-10 years. to be in the niche PC "gaming" world, you need to spend considerably more to have a proper machine, and than you have to spend 100s of dollars every 2 years upgrading it to be able to play a lot of the games. also, Xbox One has dedicated servers for all multi player games, so that takes away the 1 real advantage PC "gamers" had.

Leonid Steiner
Leonid Steiner

"consoles will always be superior" ? Sell more because they are cheaper, yes. Superior in preformance, noooo. I like consoles and have both Xbox and PS but nothing beats the PC. More games, cheaper games, mods and overall a more mature community.

Dan Offerdahl
Dan Offerdahl

as a heart attack, which gabe will probably have any day now. pc gaming is such a niche thing. consoles will always be superior, and the financials prove that.

Daniel Dee Holmes
Daniel Dee Holmes

steam sucks and there will be a fight against valve's abomination

Maarten Bos
Maarten Bos

Which is what I'm really excited for! Meaning I can plug my laptop on my TV and stream the game in high quality graphics from my PC on my TV screen in the living room.

Dan Offerdahl
Dan Offerdahl

he didn't make PC gaming popular, Microsoft and Sony allowing last gen to go on too long did.

Leon Silavant
Leon Silavant

The man who has made PC gaming far more popular now than a few years ago? Yeah, hes really stupid...

purplestone6988
purplestone6988

 I dont understand this at all. Why would Valve release this AND steam machines, they contradict themselves.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Updating nvidia drivers is a bad idea. Theyre known to brick older cards, all for the sake of getting you to buy a new one.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Just what i want so i can stream games to the living room, wired and wireless hdmi is not really ideal :P

cheetah_TM
cheetah_TM

I'll be interested once I can stream on my tablet/phone.

philnolan3d
philnolan3d

@randomkidlol So what, you're supposed to use the same drivers it came with for the life of the card?  Ridiculous.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@randomkidlol Never heard that one before.  If drivers killed my card I would just swap to AMD.  Hasn't happened yet.

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

@philnolan3d @randomkidlol I use the latest stable for that specific card. Im running a 560 ti and the latest stable appears to be 314. ive been running 295 for years now, and not a single hiccup till i updated to 314, which broke warcraft 3. found a workaround however, and its fine now