Posted on November 21, 2013, Mike Sharkey Valve Shares Some Steam In-home Streaming Details
At the top of the list is the fact the main PC you’re streaming from will be locked while it streams. That means if one person is streaming a game to the living room, another won’t be able to jump on the PC and surf the web at the same time.
Here’s the brief Q&A Valve has compiled about Steam in-home streaming thus far:
Q: Is this like other game streaming services I’ve heard about?
A: No, you are in complete control over the hardware on both ends and the network between them. There is no data center, no subscription, and it’s completely free!
Q: Will this be fast enough for me to enjoy my favorite game?
A: This depends on your hardware, networking configuration and how fast you want it to be. It’s free, so try it out and see!
Q: Can I use this to stream games across the Internet?
A: The feature is optimized for home streaming and Internet streaming is currently not supported.
Q: Can someone use my computer while I’m streaming a game from it?
A: No, your computer is dedicated to running the game and input is coming from both the remote client and the local system. It would be very confusing if someone were trying to use the computer at the same time.
Valve also notes that this is very much a beta and it is working to find out what the best hardware configurations and user options are. It’s still very early, so the locked PC bit could be subject to change. We should find out more when the beta test kicks off “soon.”
If you’ve got the hardware for it, register for your chance to become a Steam in-home streaming beta tester by joining the Steam Community Group.