In-Home Streaming Hits Steam Beta

I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: I’m not interested in a Steam Machine.

At least not in the form of a full-blown new gaming PC. I’ve already invested a hefty sum in my existing PC, and I can’t imagine ponying up another $1,000 for a second rig, even if it is designed by Valve.

I do, however, want the option to easily play PC games from the comfort of my couch and on my 60″ flat screen without having to lug my full-tower case across the house. That’s why, for me, one of the most exciting elements about Valve’s new Steam Universe initiative is in-home streaming, and according to the sleuths at Steam Database, it’s an option that was just added to the Steam beta. (Nice spot, PC Gamer.)

For now, it’s unfinished and only features basic functionality, but as Steam Database notes, the addition suggests in-home streaming will be one of the key features the 300 lucky Steam Machine beta testers will be tinkering with in the near future.

Now Valve just needs to get going on an affordable set top box designed solely for low latency streaming. That’s the kind of Steam Machine I’m interested in. Couple that with Valve’s new controller, and I’ll be all-in on PC gaming in the living room.

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