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Valve Beta Streaming Impressions

Ars Technica has firsthand impressions of Valve's upcoming game streaming service, after checking out the invitation-only beta on Steam. This streams from another PC across your home network, so depending on your setup, this involves less latency than cloud-based services. Since this involves playing a game that resides on another machine in your same location, they do a little explaining of why someone would want to do this:

Valve’s Linux-based SteamOS has one big limitation compared with the full Steam experience: it can only run games compatible with Linux. That limitation may be mostly put to rest when a Steam Box is now paired with a Windows PC, allowing users to run any game in the Steam library either natively in the Steam Box or streamed. The other key benefit to the new streaming option is convenience. Graphically rich games often suffer when run on thermally limited notebooks. Decoding a video stream requires drastically less computing power than rendering a 3D environment, so gaming on a modestly specced laptop could become much more satisfying.

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