Sign-Up for Valve’s Game Streaming Beta

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I would think that performance-wise, this would be much better than a service like OnLive, since you don't necessarily have to have a beefy internet connection. You just need a router that supports high bandwidth, which most do nowadays.
 

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So long as you have a decent router (i.e. a high end Asus and not some crappy DLink) with gigabit LAN you will probably do fine.

I sign up for pretty much every Steam beta and have gotten in most of them (still waiting for SteamBox, never know I guess).

This looks like a good way to have a high powered PC run the game and a small HTPC stream it. Make it easier to say play platformers on the TV with a gamepad.
 

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wait. am i freaking missing something? Are they wanting us to spend hundreds on a steam box, just to stream the game from our $1000 gaming computer, TO the steam box, TO a monitor? THEN WHATS THE FREAKING POINT OF THE STEAM BOX. WHY NOT JUST HOOK THE GAMING COMPUTER TO THE MONITOR. PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME, IM CONFUSED.
 

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@seshysama

I don't know about others, but I do not want my gaming PC in my living room. It's big, has a lot of wires going to it, and will not fit on my living room shelf. My wife has a thing for visible wiring, so all components are mounted and wired in a way that everything is hidden.
 

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^ you don't have to stream there are apparently a lot of devs who say they are going to port their stuff over to Linux (steamOS)
but if you have a big machine you could install steamOS (by itself or dual boot) on another computer in your house (like a laptop) and play all your games on that computer
steam boxes are also not locked to just steamOS you can install windows on it if you want
 

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No I just work for a IT company.

Of course you can use a switch, if you need it. I don't as I have only 3 systems that can be hard wired so what's the purpose of a switch?
 
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