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Steam In-Home Streaming Explained

SteamOS is just hours from officially launching and one of the most common question users seem to be confused with is how exactly Steam’s In-Home Streaming feature will work. ”Will we need to be using a Steam Machine to play the stream coming from our high-end machine?”

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1460d ago
Suspect11460d ago

I think what steam is trying to is pretty bold trying to enter the living room (console) space but even thoe how great there business practices are and the skill engineers and game develpors at valve i don't think casual or most console gamers or in my case ( PS4 GAMER) will have a hard transitioning i mean no sticks on a controller?!!? any way sony and microsoft are in the 100's of billions of resources but valve no matter how great or impactful will probably have a hard gettting in to the living room. the exact same would apply fr sony and microsoft if they were try to enter the PC World.

Frisky1460d ago

Steam Machines would however go hard on PCs, those gamers who build PCs only for gaming would definitely consider Steam Machines, taking that they are also upgradable and Windows bootable.

Somebody1460d ago (Edited 1460d ago )

Man...being a console gamer sounds so hard and fragile. I never knew you guys suffer greatly if there's no sticks on controllers. I guess console gamers don't use smartphones then since a little bit of stick-less touch-screen with Angry Bird or Fruit Ninja would certainly make them sick.

I have tried numerous times connecting my desktop and laptop to the living room's HDTV and Steam's Big Picture Mode is a great help. The only roadblock is that we have only one living room. Obviously I can't hog the living room all to myself so I'm gaming in my room, surrounded by all manners of control devices.

morganfell1460d ago

I am a console gamer that originally cut my teeth on the PC and I think Valve has a great idea that is scaring Microsoft more than anyone else. Games are a way into the OS space and MS is used to trying to force a bloated operating system onto the public every few years. Along comes a free OS, which we have had before, (I run Ubuntu), but this one is specifically geared toward games.

Yes, MS should take care because once this goes full tilt in 2014 a great many PC gamers will support the living room invasion with this free very stable OS. They will still try to call it a PC but they should accept the fact it will be a flexible console.

PCs in the living room is something that has not been acceptable for the vast majority of people that find a computer in that space an inconvenience and/or not with the decorum. Those of us that own homes rather than dorm rooms may sit with the occasional laptop websurfing but that is it. Valve with SteamOS and Bigpicture could possibly alter that longstanding equation of the PC in this room of the home.

WeedyOne1460d ago (Edited 1460d ago )

I wouldn't be worried about the controller having no sticks because the official steam controller is only 1 of many ways to play...

1.)Since the steam machine is basically a pc, I don't see any reason why the 360 controller wouldn't work as the controls for it are mapped into many pc games by default.

2.)The steam machine is basically a pc, playing pc games. I bet you can also use a mouse and keyboard.

Einhert1460d ago

You can hook any control method up to a steambox, it is not limited like a console....

allgamespc20121459d ago

no, this is isnt catered to ppl like you, a console gamer. this is catered to those who want accesibility in the living room and other options.

I will be getting one no doubt even though i own a high end pc, but to be able to put this on my tv means no more being in my room on my monitor. I can be out in the living room with freinds throwing steam os parties.

steam has a place anywhere it goes and just like many ppl doubted PC gaming as a whole and said and continue saying it is dead, when in fact its growing like never before, you will be in for a surprise. Judging an idea before its even fully implemented is immature. Same with Steam OS, it snowhere near usable now, its only made for testing and it sucks, but the idea is great.

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Suspect11460d ago

lots of spelling mistakes sorry.

Aleithian1460d ago

The whole Steam Machine idea is interesting. There are obviously two primary markets: current console gamers and current PC gamers.

Console gamers, like me, will probably not transition to the SM, at least not in large number and not for awhile. There seem to me to be two basic reasons for this: (a) cost, (b) the SM only plays linux capable games, which at present doesn't constitute a large percentage of the PC games market.

PC gamers, meanwhile, may not enjoy the controller, and likely already have a rig that can run these games. The limitation to linux enabled games is another issue for any PC gamer. Now, sure, games can be streamed to the SM - but why spend a fortune on another machine when you can invest that money in improving your current gaming rig?

It's an interesting idea, but at present I don't see it taking off as a half-way between consoles and PCs. And it doesn't challenge either, at present, on their own turf. There may be a niche market for this, but until linux gaming expands (possibly influenced by this), this won't be a contender.

jackanderson19851460d ago

i'm not sure about all the models but haven't they stated that for the two that have been revealed so far that they boot up with windows 8 preloaded aswell?

Einhert1460d ago

You can hook any control method up to a steambox, it is not limited like a console.

elweon1460d ago

Through streaming you can play all games on Steam, as long as you have a Windows/Mac machine with Steam and the game you want to play.

This is primarily for backwards compatibility of games that where developed for Windows and OSX. Having the developers re-write their games for Linux wouldn't work. It's quite a beautiful solution actually.

For new games, Valve is talking to everyone in the business, trying to convinced them to make a native Linux version as well.

elweon1460d ago

Also, the bigger picture (no pun) here is that the gaming community is segregated into either the PlayStation camp or the Xbox camp. You can own the same game on two different platforms, and because of that you can't play with each other, it's quite retarded.

Steam would put every gamer on the same platform though the underlying hardware would differ. PC, Mac or SteamBox wouldn't matter anymore.

Also, since it's a PC and Linux you would have a lot more freedom. Controllers, media consuming and even build your own machines and install the OS.

Moncole1460d ago (Edited 1460d ago )

There are already a bunch of games that work on it and even more games will work on it from AAA games like Metro Last Light to indie games like FTL. PC gaming is cheaper.

joeorc1460d ago

@Alethian

"It's an interesting idea, but at present I don't see it taking off as a half-way between consoles and PCs. And it doesn't challenge either, at present, on their own turf. There may be a niche market for this, but until linux gaming expands (possibly influenced by this), this won't be a contender."

its not meant to challenge, it is meant to Absorb! that i think is what really is the main target, for the simple reason, its not just the point of trying to sell to the consumer a physical box, with a unique controller design. Valve took a rather Agnostic market move by giving out the platform for free!

"The limitation to linux enabled games is another issue for any PC gamer. Now, sure, games can be streamed to the SM - but why spend a fortune on another machine when you can invest that money in improving your current gaming rig?"

That right there, is and has already been Answered by Valve, you do not have to purchase another box! the main point is you can download the Steam OS , ie: a dedicated Game system OS for your PC so as to turn any PC rig that meets the Min system requirements into a Steam Powered Console!

If your system Rig already has the Hardware you just can add the OS...WHICH IS 100% FREE OS

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pennywhyz1460d ago

Can't judge the controller without trying it.lets not be silly now..