Valve taking sign-ups for In-Home Streaming beta

Beta of Steam's home streaming tech due to begin before the end of the year.

Valve is now offering beta sign-ups for its In-Home Streaming feature, which the company says will be available for testing later this year.

To register for a chance to take part in the beta test, Steam users must join the official group in the Steam Community.

Steam's In-Home Streaming is designed to allow users to play their Steam library on other machines in their house, connected to the same Internet network.

Valve is also gearing up for the release of its own Linux-based operating system, SteamOS, and a variety of Steam Machines designed to sit in the living room. Valve intends to make it so that some of these machines, running at a lower spec than a user's main gaming PC, will be able to use In-Home Streaming to play the latest games in their living room.

The company's other big push into the operating system comes in the form of its Steam Controller, a unique device that replaces analogue sticks with a pair of digital trackpads.

SteamOS, Steam Machines, and the Steam Controller are all due to be released to the public in 2014.

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Martin Gaston

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Jack Vazquez
Jack Vazquez

Finally a controller to play RTS games like it should be, but still, is not better than using K&B.

Andre Richman
Andre Richman

Steam ok but crappy controller in my opinion

xXl_z3r0_lXx
xXl_z3r0_lXx

I really wish gamespot had never let people comment from facebook... This site absolutely didn't need any more opportunity for stupid to come through.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@xXl_z3r0_lXx Especially when they aren't aware that it is even posted here and they don't know people reply to them. The add nothing to conversations here and only degrade the quality of the discussion section.

Nick Warren
Nick Warren

The controller you've never held is an epic fail because you think it's ugly? Ok jackass, go back to your console.

Matt Richards
Matt Richards

That is the ugliest controller i have ever seen! - EPIC FAIL

Anthony Zombo
Anthony Zombo

still a better service than PSN and Xbox Live

Mitchel Vongbandith
Mitchel Vongbandith

You can say it's horrible, but have you actually held onto it? Until you try it you can't really say anything.

Tyler Dnap VanNeste
Tyler Dnap VanNeste

and regular controllers have no issues? such as stick analog controllers, DE- calibration, they break and get worn out, and there dead zones get sketchy after a while. My touch pad on my laptop out lasted 2 brand new controllers and i use a wireless 360 adapter for PC. But since this is new im not gonna call it crap before a chance to try, its only in a beta too so the final version might be different, but also touch pads do have there issues too. Hopefully this turns out great

Nathan Nandy Smith
Nathan Nandy Smith

I want one. If this comes of like I think it will this will be the next evolution in game pads and could be as significant as when Nintendo invented the D-PAD

Reza Armstrong
Reza Armstrong

It's like having two laptop touchpads strapped to a reverse controller.

John-Kevin Larsson
John-Kevin Larsson

haha Alexander Hjert Jackie Stintzing Falmann Robin Zaidor Falmann Kevin H Griffith

Leonid Steiner
Leonid Steiner

I dont think I will give up my M&K for this one, but I do want to try it. Got to give it Valve for trying something new.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Hey, hey, wait a second, the controller had "space-bar" in it, the left bottom must be "ctrl" and right bottom must be "enter".

theKSMM
theKSMM

Streaming games from one PC in my home to another?  What's the point of that?

CCGR_Pheonix
CCGR_Pheonix

@theKSMM So you can buy a $100 steam machine, hook it to your TV, then use your top-tier rig to stream into your living room from anywhere in the house.

numbes
numbes

@CCGR_Pheonix i hope this is not the main feature of a steam machine because there are droid tv dongles running tegra 3s off a usb bus and tegra 4s can do that streaming so shouldn't be long before dongles can do that i was hoping it would push devs away from direct x 11.2 in a big way and properly shaft m$

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

That controller looks very odd and confusing to use.  It might work just fine, but being accustomed to the xbox/ps feel...I just don't know...


It could get very confusing switching between the 2.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@Tigerbite2 I had the same thought.  Those touchpads look like speakers.  And the logo in the center has a cheap look to it.  Given that game control is such a tactile affair, I'm curious about whether it will work well when you don't have that same feedback.  Touch is hard enough to do when I'm looking directly at it...how will it work when my eyes are up on the screen?

tommyd79
tommyd79

Perfect symmetry isn't always ideal for video game controllers but on the other hand Feng Shui enthusiast will absolutely adore its design.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

that controller looks very uncomfortable to ues

DXaoc
DXaoc

@freedom01 ppl who try use it already say its VERY COMFORTABLE AND better then xbox and ps4 (c) 

p.s. try watch vid about controler on gamespot

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

@DXaoc @freedom01 I watched the vid, and it looks uncomfortable to use for me, and I dont like to keep on sliding my finger to take aim or turning

super_tramp_tri
super_tramp_tri

That has got to be the worst looking controller since The U Force.

kik4444
kik4444

It would've been better if it allowed you to share a game with a person on your friends list, regardless of where they are, and while that game is shared, you can't access it yourself, but you should be able to stop the sharing at any time and be able to play it yourself again.

nodbgp
nodbgp

@bernard978 Says the person who don't even understand what it really is. Way to go genius.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@bernard978 @Saidrex @nodbgp opinion is opinion - everyone has one, but what you said is simply stupid. Just because you won't use this feature doesn't mean it's useless.

numbes
numbes

@mr_nee @bernard978 hope this is not the main feature of a steam machine because there are droid tv dongles running tegra 3s off a usb bus and tegra 4s can do that streaming so shouldn't be long before dongles can do that i was hoping it would push devs away from direct x 11.2 in a big way and properly shaft m$