In-home Streaming  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | In-home Streaming  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Xbox One Now A Streaming Device Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:56:07 -0500 Lampstradamus

If you haven't gotten enough of video games and streaming devices, don't hold your breath because Microsoft's throwing their hat into the arena.

Well, not really.

At Microsoft's Windows 10 event, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One will stream games directly to your PC and tablets.

This is a rather strange turn from the typical streaming devices that are now out on the market. Rather than hosting a game on a PC and streaming it to the device, Microsoft is having the Xbox One be the host and streaming the game to the PC or tablet.

Anyone Xbox One user can stream their Xbox One games to a PC or tablet running Windows 10 through Microsoft's Windows 10 Xbox app.

Hardcore PC advocates probably have some aversion to the idea of running video games on possibly weaker hardware, but this announcement means big things for PC gaming, such as playing Xbox One games with keyboard and mouse, or cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC becoming a big thing.

We can only hope for these sorts of things once Microsoft rolls out Windows 10.

Razer Joins Living Room Streaming Fri, 09 Jan 2015 08:00:27 -0500 Lampstradamus

A new challenger has appeared in the battle for a space in your living room. 

Joining Valve, Nvidia and a whole slew of other companies, Razer has decided to throw their own product into the ring to compete for living room dominance.

Razer, a hardware company known for its keyboards and mice, has created a streaming device called Forge TV. The device will run for $100 dollars and will output 1080p at 60fps. 

Forge TV is at its heart a streaming device, so owners do have to own a PC to stream a game. The device will use Razer's own streaming software, Razer Cortex, that will use the PC as a host device, and then encode the game and send it over the local network to Forge TV.

Forge TV runs on an Android based OS with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor. The device will come with only 16GBs of internal storage (since it is just a streaming device) and 2GBs of RAM. It comes with Bluetooth capabilities, wireless capabilities already onboard, as well as a port for an ethernet cable.

Along with announcing Forge TV, Valve also announced two peripherals that can be used with the device to play on the couch: Razer Turret and Razer Serval.

Serval is a controller reminiscent of the classic Xbox 360 controller with Android navigational buttons. The device is compatible with Forge TV, PC, mobile phones (it comes with a phone clip) and tablets. The controller can be purchased as a bundle with Forge TV for $150, otherwise it is priced at $80.

Turret is a keyboard and 3500 DPI mouse designed to sit on your lap. The mouse stays on the keyboard through magnets. The device supports bluetooth and wireless connectivity and will run you $130.

Both Forge TV and Serval are slated to release sometime in Q1 of 2015 while the Turret is slated to release in Q2 of 2015. 

Steam In-Home Streaming Beta Available Live Wed, 21 May 2014 13:35:48 -0400 Mary Yeager

Steam has been testing in-home streaming in beta. Good news to those waiting on this to release. This service is available now for all PC users. Updates still to come for SteamOS, Linux, and Mac. This feature is part of the promised package for SteamOS.

Steam in-home streaming is a way to play games from your Steam library on a computer that might not have the specifications needed to run the game. Being on the same network is a requirement for both machines. This allows for users who might have a home-theater pc hooked to their television in another room to play all their games on television.

The in-home streaming appears as an easy process. Both computers require being logged into the same user's Steam library. From there, the host computer sends the game information to the streaming computer. The same connection then transfers the input from the player back to the host machine.

Complete details on Steam's in-home streaming are found on Valve's website. Were you in the beta or have tried the new release?

Steam In-Home Streaming Monopolizes Host Computer Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:40:42 -0500 J Nicole Miller

Valve announced last week that their new Steam feature will be moving into beta before the end of the year. Today, a Q&A with more information on the streaming service was released.

While a game is being streamed from your PC or Mac to another device, the host computer is unable to be used. According to the Q&A, the stream monopolizes the computer as it “is dedicated to running the game and input is coming from both the remote client and the local system.”

Streaming is also not accomplished via the internet. The streaming feature is designed for home-streaming. Internet streaming isn’t supported at the moment, forcing gamers to use local networks. Eventually, Valve hopes to combine this streaming feature with their Steam Machines and SteamOS to create an open gaming network.

If you’d like a chance to participate in the beta and check out In-Home Streaming for yourself, you can join the Homestream group on Steam. Participants will be randomly selected from Steam account-holders who are members of this group.

But, for now, all we can do is speculate. What are your thoughts on the Steam In-Home Streaming feature?