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http://www.tomshardware.com/news/valve-steam-streaming-pc-gaming-quad-core,26688.html
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Valve Software updated the Steam In-Home Streaming group page with news that the service is now in open beta. To get this feature up and running, Steam gamers will need to opt into the program and download the Steam beta client dated April 30 or later.

For the uninitiated, Steam gamers can get into this beta by going to Steam/Settings in the Steam client. The Beta Participation section will alert the gamer to all beta programs that are underway, or if the gamer is currently enrolled with one of them.

Next, click on the Change button in the client participation section and select one of the choices available. After that, click OK and then restart the Steam client when prompted. Users are requested to read the release notes before joining a beta test.


This is absolutely amazing news. Just today I streamed Skyrim with over 100+ graphics mod to my Macbook Pro Core 2 Duo over the wifi - ran flawlessly. Everything worked perfect. Myself, and many many other gamers, have been waiting for a feature/product like this forever now. Steam delivers yet again.
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Does windows-->linux streaming also work?
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Does windows-->linux streaming also work?

Yes. Unfortunately you can only stream FROM a Windows machine for now, but the receiver can be anything that can run Steam as all it really requires is: We recommend a minimum of a quad-core CPU for the computer running the game. The client has more modest requirements, but should have a GPU that supports hardware accelerated H264 decoding. Any recent laptop or PC should meet the client requirements.

They also state wired over wireless, but I have yet to run into troubles running wireless. I also run it in a super congested apartment complex that has well over 80+ wifi base stations so I can't even get over 3MBps over wifi. Seems adequate enough though.
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Been using this in the invite beta on and off for a while now, its really coming together, even from when i first joined the streaming was already pretty good, just needed refining which has been doing.

Have some slight issues with streaming to my linux HTPC, but thats mainly due to using onboard AMD graphics, rather than Steams fault - streaming to laptops/other pcs/etc, most games are relatively flawless (the overall game support is pretty good, considering you can just add any old game to the steam library (ie non steam games) and it'll stream those also).
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Yes. Unfortunately you can only stream FROM a Windows machine for now,

Im confused, i have zero windows boxes in my home and Streamed 720p TeamFortress2 from my Linux Mint PC to an old core duo HP Linux Laptop on Linux mint also, over the wifi

no problems (well slightly choppy die to open source drivers on the host)


yup here is someone doing Linux to Linux
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“Sadly” I don't have one of those Windows machines, so I will only be able to show you how it works from a Linux host to a Linux client.

http://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/experimenting-with-steams-inhome-streaming.3039

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8lX5w43ZLaI#t=279

I have quite a few games on Linux that wouldn’t run on the old laptop i have so i found Linux to Linux useful but i can see it more being useful from windows to a small old laptop.
Edited by Pip Boy - 5/4/14 at 5:21am
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If you can't get everyone to make games for linux, you just stream them to linux from your windows PC. Strong move for steam machines. thumb.gif
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Im confused, i have zero windows boxes in my home and Streamed 720p TeamFortress2 from my Linux Mint PC to an old core duo HP Linux Laptop on Linux mint also, over the wifi

no problems

Lol... weird cuz they specifically state:

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=3629-RIAV-1617#improvement
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Streaming from a Linux host is not yet supported.

You were probably running it as TF2 running on Linux and not streaming it at all. Either that or their website is wrong.
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Yes. Unfortunately you can only stream FROM a Windows machine for now,

Im confused, i have zero windows boxes in my home and Streamed 720p TeamFortress2 from my Linux Mint PC to an old core duo HP Linux Laptop on Linux mint also, over the wifi

no problems

If the game is Linux compatible then it is able to be streamed from a Linux box but Windows only games require a Windows box to stream from AFAIK.
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If the game is Linux compatible then it is able to be streamed from a Linux box but Windows only games require a Windows box to stream from AFAIK.

of course
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Lol... weird cuz they specifically state:

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_article.php?ref=3629-RIAV-1617#improvement
You were probably running it as TF2 running on Linux and not streaming it at all. Either that or their website is wrong.

im getting confused again..

of course you cant take an incompatible Windows game because it wont install on Linux in the first place. But you can take any Linux game in your library and stream it to another Linux machine or even to windows if there is one not supported on that platform.

So yea.. it works Linux to Linux. I was only replying to the "you can only stream from Windows to something" comment wink.gif


And i have a laptop that has so little power it cant even manage CS, let alone TF2 or Metro last light so its still very useful for me to be able to Stream Linux to Linux... more so as more games are released.
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