Valve announced on Tuesday that its In-Home PC streaming service, which allows you to stream a game from your main computer onto any other rig in the house, is now fully available to all 75 million Steam users.
The feature, first made available for public beta testing back in January, will allow users to play higher end games on lower spec computers or devices since those machines will only technically be streaming the service from your main computer. You might think that the service is superficially extraneous, after all why stream a PC game somewhere else in the house when you could just play on your computer? However the service will allow users to hook up their other computers or laptops to a TV and then stream them in your living room using Steam’s Big Picture Mode.
Additionally users will be able to play their Windows games on a Mac or Linux operating system with the Valve promise of further support down the line. And for gamers hoping to save some space on their work laptop or just building a new media rig Valve’s In-Home PC streaming service will allow users to stream their gaming on another device and forgo the need to download it onto another hard drive.
Unfortunately only a Window’s PC can actually host a game and let other devices stream from it, but Valve has promised that it’s currently working to change that and allow both Mac OS and Linux systems to host.
For more information visit Valve’s Website.