Want to stream games from your desktop PC to a living room PC while sitting on a couch? Now you can! Remember this is still a beta though so don’t expect wonders.
Valve has improved Steam in-home, here’s the latest changelog:
- Added an intro dialog the first time you start streaming a game
- Show a dialog if the game needs cloud sync resolution before starting
- Improved D3D asynchronous capture performance
- Improved OpenGL asynchronous capture performance
- Fixed slow system reporting for Fast and Balanced settings
- Fixed several causes of infinite latency when client is too slow
- Fixed client crash changing resolution with software decoding
- Increased precision for refresh rate and capture framerate
- Reduced latency when streaming at the client refresh rate
- Revamped architecture to support many more games and improve responsiveness
- Fixed black screen when encoding with Intel QuickSync on Intel HD 3000
- Added mouse emulation mode for controllers, toggled with Guide+A
- Added hardware accelerated encoding via Intel QuickSync
- Added a speed vs quality preference setting
- Unlimited bandwidth has been increased to 100 Mbit for those who want to live on the edge
- OpenGL games are now scaled correctly during capture
In-home streaming works for the Windows and Mac Steam clients.
Want to try out in-home streaming’s open beta for yourself?
Open Steam’s settings menu. On the Account tab, click Change under Beta participation and change to Steam Beta Update. You’ll find in-home streaming in its own tab in the Steam settings menu.