Steam just got a lot cooler.

Valve has revealed a new feature to Steam today called, In-Home Streaming. From here on out I’m just going to call it IHS because that’s faster, got it? Good.

IHS allows you to use a lower end computer to play your higher-end games on Steam if you choose to do. Audio and video will be sent to the system your playing on, while the rig running your game will receive all keyboard, mouse and controller input.  The program details will be listed just below, straight from the Steam page.

Play your Windows games on devices running other operating systems
Currently Mac OS X, Linux, and SteamOS, with support for more systems coming soon.

Play your demanding games on lower-end systems
System requirements dictate the rig you’ll need to run your game, but with In-Home Streaming they won’t limit where you can play.

Kick back with your laptop or home theater PC
Your Steam games are now available throughout your home when you stream them from your PC to your computer, netbook, laptop, or HTPC.

Seamlessly pick up where you left off
Looking for a change of scenery? Steam knows whether your game is already running. Move to another device and start streaming your game right as you left it on your PC.

Download once, play anywhere
No need to wait for your game to download again when it’s already installed on one of your home computers.

And here are the directions on how to use this service.

Log into Steam on your Windows* PC
Log into Steam on another computer on the same network
Visit your Steam library to start streaming between them

It probably won’t be too much longer until Steam offers something in the same vein of a service like Gaikai and OnLive already offer.  If you’ve already tried this service, be sure to let us know what your impressions of it are in the comments section just below. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any further details we hear about IHS, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest info.


Nick Calandra
OnlySP founder and former site owner.

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