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Gaming giant Valve has recently announced that later this year it will start a beta test for the upcoming streaming functionality for it’s digital game-download service Steam. Players who want to be part of the beta for this service should join the new Steam In-Home Streaming community.

With the Streaming feature, Valve plans to make playing computer-based games more like playing console games. The idea: Run the game on a powerful system, such as a game-optimized desktop PC; then stream that game to a less powerful computer, say a laptop in your living room, whether you are playing it right there on the couch or hooking it up to your TV.

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The In-Home Streaming will be a key feature for the company’s upcoming Steam Box — a specialized TV set-top box running the Linux-based SteamOS. Steam games made for Linux will run with little work, but considering that about 90% of games on Steam are made for Windows and not Linux, the In-Home Streaming is necessary to send those games from your computer to the Steam Box.

Along with the announcement in September of the SteamOS and Steam Box, came a Steam Controller. The ecosystem that these three provide, supported by in-house streaming, is Valve’s attempt to keep computer games competing with console gaming for home dominance.

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    rolli59 , November 11, 2013 10:30 AM
    Interesting! Wonder how performance will compare.
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    Stryter , November 11, 2013 10:34 AM
    I would think that performance-wise, this would be much better than a service like OnLive, since you don't necessarily have to have a beefy internet connection. You just need a router that supports high bandwidth, which most do nowadays.
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    jimmysmitty , November 11, 2013 10:42 AM
    Interesting! Wonder how performance will compare.

    So long as you have a decent router (i.e. a high end Asus and not some crappy DLink) with gigabit LAN you will probably do fine.

    I sign up for pretty much every Steam beta and have gotten in most of them (still waiting for SteamBox, never know I guess).

    This looks like a good way to have a high powered PC run the game and a small HTPC stream it. Make it easier to say play platformers on the TV with a gamepad.
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    seshysama , November 11, 2013 10:53 AM
    wait. am i freaking missing something? Are they wanting us to spend hundreds on a steam box, just to stream the game from our $1000 gaming computer, TO the steam box, TO a monitor? THEN WHATS THE FREAKING POINT OF THE STEAM BOX. WHY NOT JUST HOOK THE GAMING COMPUTER TO THE MONITOR. PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME, IM CONFUSED.
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    catfishtx , November 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    I don't know about others, but I do not want my gaming PC in my living room. It's big, has a lot of wires going to it, and will not fit on my living room shelf. My wife has a thing for visible wiring, so all components are mounted and wired in a way that everything is hidden.
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    heero yuy , November 11, 2013 11:14 AM
    ^ you don't have to stream there are apparently a lot of devs who say they are going to port their stuff over to Linux (steamOS)
    but if you have a big machine you could install steamOS (by itself or dual boot) on another computer in your house (like a laptop) and play all your games on that computer
    steam boxes are also not locked to just steamOS you can install windows on it if you want
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    brandonjclark , November 11, 2013 11:21 AM
    A router is no needed at all. Only a switch. Jeez, any of you understand networking?
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    coolitic , November 11, 2013 12:34 PM
    Steam-box isnt meant for streaming. It's just what happens when you mix console with gaming desktop.
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    Innocent_Bystander , November 11, 2013 1:17 PM
    "A router is no needed at all. Only a switch. Jeez, any of you understand networking? "

    Most of us do. And none of us have switches anymore... Relax.
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    Innocent_Bystander , November 11, 2013 1:18 PM
    Sounds interesting. I'd love to play high end games on my laptop without frying it to bits... this might just be the ticket.
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    jimmysmitty , November 11, 2013 1:34 PM
    A router is no needed at all. Only a switch. Jeez, any of you understand networking?

    No I just work for a IT company.

    Of course you can use a switch, if you need it. I don't as I have only 3 systems that can be hard wired so what's the purpose of a switch?
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