Valve Taking Beta Registrations for Steam In-Home Streaming Service

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John Pombrio

Just say no to Steam machines and make an HTPC instead. You can upgrade your computer and deck out the HTPC with the leftovers. I simply cannot understand why someone would deliberately sabotage a perfectly good PC just to run SteamOS. Heck, it's not even Linux but a subset of Linux. As for streaming, NVidia will come up with something and do a much better job of it.

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wibob1234

At what point does installing a form of Linux hurt. There are thousands of "linux" distros not one is a fully Linux based os. Most linux distros are unix based. As far as a htpc goes i am slightly confused. At what point can a htpc stream video games from a computer to a TV. Correct me if i am wrong maybe i am missing something but an htpc is a media center pc for music and video correct.

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Topperfalkon

I think those assertions need some backing up. Given that Nvidia are heavily supporting SteamOS, I doubt they're going to be making a massive move to compete with it.

EDIT: I looked again and realised this article was meant to be purely about home streaming, not Steam Machines. My bad.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

k, ima member. now wut? lol

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Obsidian

Now THIS is what I've been wanting to try out. I would like to know how underpowered a computing device I can use to stream games from my Windows PC. And what kind of hardware will be necessary to make this functional on the host PC and the client.

Can we finally have a render-farm-like mega-computer stashed in some basement corner somewhere while it's power can be enjoyed at every thin-client SteamOS in the house? Or would all that SLI-power be going to waste if it's only able to stream to one screen at 1920x1080 over the network? Then what will be the minimum game server?

Sign me up already, and send me some hardware!

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John Pombrio

Thin clients leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Its like having a Chromebook, limited in abilities and hard to use without depending on so many things going just right. I almost guarantee you that those "thin clients" are going to be as expensive as a decent laptop and stuck with only SteamOS as its operating system.