Games Streaming is coming to Steam

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#1 Edited by jhonMalcovich (4512 posts) -

In-Home Streaming application has been spoted in Steam Beta update. The said application will let you stream games from one PC to another or others compatible devices, over a local network.

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#2 Posted by barrybarryk (436 posts) -

Yeah this was covered during the SteamOS talks. All the features of SteamOS (regarding Steam), like local streaming, are coming to the regular desktop client as well

#3 Posted by LegatoSkyheart (24875 posts) -

This is likely due to Steam Machine.

#4 Posted by k2theswiss (16598 posts) -

i believe valve said their would be different "steam boxs" ranging in prices

I think they come out with a $50-100 version that you could link up to your current pc via internet that way you could be playing your games in ANY ROOM not just where your pc is set up

#5 Posted by Elitro (578 posts) -

Hm, still would be more interested in a remote streaming option.

#6 Posted by Krelian-co (10365 posts) -

My body is ready

#7 Posted by Mozuckint (786 posts) -

Yeah this was covered during the SteamOS talks. All the features of SteamOS (regarding Steam), like local streaming, are coming to the regular desktop client as well

Yea. We all knew it was coming, we were just waiting for the form it would assume.

#8 Posted by MBirdy88 (7656 posts) -

i believe valve said their would be different "steam boxs" ranging in prices

I think they come out with a $50-100 version that you could link up to your current pc via internet that way you could be playing your games in ANY ROOM not just where your pc is set up

erm yea they will, and our laptops ect can already do that with this new addition

#9 Edited by uninspiredcup (7811 posts) -

Wonder if this will work with android tablets.

#10 Posted by Basinboy (11052 posts) -

@uninspiredcup:

Wonder if this will work with android tablets.

It's possible, but I don't see any incentive for Valve to make it happen.

#11 Posted by R4gn4r0k (16296 posts) -

Steam is improving so much, I love it. I'm in the family sharing beta now and I think it's absolutely awesome. Steam leaves the competition in the dust.

I just wonder though if this in-house streaming will have any image quality loss, like Onlive had when streaming games from huge server farms.

#12 Edited by jhonMalcovich (4512 posts) -

@R4gn4r0k: It shouldn´t have much quality loss. After all it´s a local network when streaming rates are about 300 mbps (megabit per second) vs 10-30 mbps of internet streaming, in case of WiFi. And LAN connecttions via physical cable should have no quality loss at all as data transfer speed is about 100 megaBYTE per second there (arround 800 mbps)

#13 Posted by Kinthalis (5305 posts) -

@Basinboy said:

@uninspiredcup:

@uninspiredcup said:

Wonder if this will work with android tablets.

It's possible, but I don't see any incentive for Valve to make it happen.

Actually, I think Gabe himself said that was something they were going to try and do. Probably via some app on the android store.

#14 Posted by R4gn4r0k (16296 posts) -

@jhonMalcovich:

Good to hear. I have my TV hooked up with HDMI at the moment. But If I ever have a different set-up where my TV would be too far away from my PC then streaming (via steambox) could be a great alternative.

#15 Edited by jhonMalcovich (4512 posts) -

@R4gn4r0k: In the future, I foresee dedicated streaming boxes that will be arround 150$, cheaper than normal consoles as their only function would be connecting HDTV to either local PC or to Internet Streaming service.

And when Smart TVs become a standard, you won´t even need that anymore as smart tvs will be including streaming boxes by default.

#16 Posted by glez13 (8668 posts) -

Let's see how it works.

#17 Posted by jhonMalcovich (4512 posts) -

@Basinboy said:

@uninspiredcup:

@uninspiredcup said:

Wonder if this will work with android tablets.

It's possible, but I don't see any incentive for Valve to make it happen.

Actually, I think Gabe himself said that was something they were going to try and do. Probably via some app on the android store.

Incentive would be to steal a piece of pie from Vita and 3ds. So it´s more than probable.

#18 Edited by R4gn4r0k (16296 posts) -

@R4gn4r0k: In the future, I foresee dedicated streaming boxes that will be arround 150$, cheaper than normal consoles as their only function would be connecting HDTV to either local PC or to Internet Streaming service.

And when Smart TVs become a standard, you won´t even need that anymore as smart tvs will be including streaming boxes by default.

I'm very interested to see what the future holds. Streaming had a bit of rough launch, because the technology just wasn't there yet, but it has a bright future.

#19 Posted by menes777 (2643 posts) -
#20 Posted by menes777 (2643 posts) -

@Basinboy said:

@uninspiredcup:

@uninspiredcup said:

Wonder if this will work with android tablets.

It's possible, but I don't see any incentive for Valve to make it happen.

Actually, I think Gabe himself said that was something they were going to try and do. Probably via some app on the android store.

That would be pretty freaking sweet. ;)

#21 Edited by funsohng (27614 posts) -

This is likely due to Steam Machine.

I don't know.

DOTA 2 is probably the bigger reason why Valve is doing this, imo.

#22 Posted by treedoor (7648 posts) -

i believe valve said their would be different "steam boxs" ranging in prices

I think they come out with a $50-100 version that you could link up to your current pc via internet that way you could be playing your games in ANY ROOM not just where your pc is set up

That's what I figure as well.

#23 Edited by TheEroica (13301 posts) -

How long before steam outsells xbox and Ps console gaming.... I give it one generation.

#24 Edited by psymon100 (6138 posts) -

@TheEroica said:

How long before steam outsells xbox and Ps console gaming.... I give it one generation.

I'd love that to happen.

Build a rig, no Windows - no problem.

You still teaching guitar, man?

#25 Posted by treedoor (7648 posts) -

How long before steam outsells xbox and Ps console gaming.... I give it one generation.

The Steam console won't outsell them since it's only an alternative to other methods of getting Steam, and PC gaming as a whole.

PC will still be the #1 platform for gaming though, as always.

#26 Edited by starjet905 (1857 posts) -

I'm looking forward to this. Unlike via internet, via a local network should mean that things like input lag should be minimum. It should be fun to play games on my laptop while lazily sprawled on bed. Wonder whether it'll be possible to use the feature with games added as non-Steam applications, though. Probably not.

#27 Posted by i_waaan (46 posts) -

I can't be the only one who thinks Valve is set to be extremely disruptive this generation...

All of these things they're doing are a lot more exciting than the PS4 or XB1, imo...Steam Machines can't come out soon enough.

#28 Edited by trasherhead (3058 posts) -

Dual booting there will be and pleasure will be had!