Steam has just gotten even more impressive, with the international release of In-Home Streaming. Log in to Steam on two computers on the same network, and the machines will automatically recognise each other and connect directly. You’re now able to remotely install and play games on your second PC, just as if you were sitting at your first.
What does this mean? If you have a grunty gaming PC in one room, and a laptop, home theatre PC or other lower-end machine in another, you’ll now be able to play games on that second PC without any dramas. It can even work if the second PC is running a different operating system, like Mac OS X, Linux or even Steam OS.
It works pretty much like you’d expect: All the heavy lifting is done on your primary PC, which can easily handle the workload. Then, In-Home Streaming kicks in to send video and audio through your home network to the second device. At the same time, input from your keyboard, mouse or controller is sent back to your gaming PC, controlling the actual game.
It’s like a very small, localised version of cloud streaming, without worrying about latency and lag across the internet. Obviously, some home networks will be faster than others, so this may or may not be a successful plan for your house, but it could mean you no longer have to lug your beast of a machine into another room just to play on the big TV.
For more information, head to the Steam In-Home Streaming website.