In-home streaming for everyone! After three months of testing Steam in-home streaming in a closed beta community, Valve has added the feature to the Steam beta client accessible to all. Want to stream games from your office desktop to a living room PC while luxuriating on the couch? The power is yours. Just remember that this particular power is still a work-in-progress, which means it may be laggy or fail altogether with certain games on Steam.
Valve has steadily improved on Steam in-home streaming since we first used it in January . The update notes for the new beta client include a few noteworthy improvements for in-home streaming and features that make it more beginner-friendly.
Could "infinite latency" sound any more horrifying? Good thing that's taken care of. Valve has actually been steadily improving on Steam in-home streaming since we first used it in January . The last two updates on the in-home streaming community , dated March 17 and March 31, listed a number of new features and improvements:
Earlier updates also noted general improvements to streaming performance and architectural changes to reduce latency. More people using in-home streaming will, hopefully, give Valve more data on what works and what doesn't. In-home streaming works for the Windows and Mac Steam clients, but it could be a killer app for SteamOS.
Want to try out in-home streaming's open beta for yourself? Open Steam's settings menu. On the Account tab, click "Change" under Beta participation and change the drop-down box to Steam Beta Update. Download the beta client, and that's it—you're in. You'll find in-home streaming in its own tab in the Steam settings menu.