Last week Steam announced that their new Steam In-Home Streaming is now available in open beta, and is available to anyone who opts into the Steam Client Beta and downloads the latest update, which was released last month and is dated April 30th.
The new Steam In-Home Streaming beta service allows Steam gamers to who have two computers on the same network to stream games from the more powerful system down to a less powerful laptop or system without worrying about performance issues.
The newly launched Steam in-home streaming system enables gamers to play on one computer when the game process is actually running on another computer elsewhere on the network. Using the new Steam In-Home Streaming beta system game audio and video is captured on the remote computer and sent to the player’s computer via the stream.
During the streaming process the game input from the keyboard, mouse or gamepad is sent from the player’s computer back to the game process on the remote computer. Valve explains a little more :
“A Windows only game could be streamed from a Windows PC to a Steam Machine running Linux in the living room,”-“A graphically intensive game could be streamed from a beefy gaming rig in the office to your low powered laptop that you are using in bed. You could even start a game on one computer and move to a more comfortable location and continue playing it there.”
For more information on the new Steam In-Home beta development stage which is now open to all jump over to the Steam Support website for details.