Sign-Up for Valve’s Game Streaming Beta

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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  • Interesting! Wonder how performance will compare.
  • 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.
  • rolli59 said:
    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.