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Steam In Home Game Streaming Explained & Tested

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Steam In Home Streaming from Valve might be in BETA but that didn't stop us from spending a whole lot of time learning the in's and out's of it. Sponsor link: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/106282-corsair-raptor-m45-and-k40-sponsor-thread/ Pricing & discussion: http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/109281-steam-in-home-streaming-everything-you-need-to-know/ Join our community forum: http://bit.ly/ZkLvE7 https://twitter.com/linustech http://www.facebook.com/LinusTech Intro Screen Music Credit: Adhesive Wombat - Check out his channel here: http://youtube.com/adhesivewombat Outtro Screen Music Credit: Approaching Nirvana - Sugar High http://www.youtube.com/approachingnirvana
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Joshua Latham (1 month ago)
Paul Bell (1 month ago)
I miss that intro music
Fortify 98 (2 months ago)
Thanks for the video. I thought it was focused then when you got to the store you are focused on the connections and trouble shooting
Mr. Popo (2 months ago)
780 ti lol
William Harris (4 months ago)
Want a cheap way of getting around the resolution limits of your monitor vs client? Get an HDMI dummy plug. You can actually trick your pc (GPU) into thinking it has 4k display for around 15 USD.
[email protected] (4 months ago)
Is it possible to use raspberry pi3 as streaming pc
[email protected] (2 months ago)
Eli S. Sorry I had already bought a rp3 and I am not using it in anyway so I thought it may be just like an experiment
Eli S. (2 months ago)
[email protected] just buy a steam link they are cheaper than a pi3
John Brooks (4 months ago)
Watching this in 2018 for shits and giggles. Watching this made me realize maybe things really have a improved a whole lot. I’ll appreciate 2018 more
ayush srivastava (5 months ago)
ayush srivastava (5 months ago)
Ha which internet connection does twitch streamers use
Jazdude123 (5 months ago)
Can you run things like photoshop using this method? I would love to run this on something like a tablet PC from another room while my workstation does the compute.
HalloFrogie (5 months ago)
john lacey (5 months ago)
The mac version doesn't even deserve to be called Beta. advertises PS4 pad support, doesn't work at all. People have been complaining on steam forums about it for over a year now so i guess they will never fix it. As my ipad pro 12.9 has a bigger and better screen than my Macbook air I'm using Remotr now and its fantastic, just need to get a better router now.
bhootpurv manusya (6 months ago)
god he was poor back in the days
ThePeoplesChamp (6 months ago)
Thank you for the explanation Linus!
Chessversarius (7 months ago)
Buying it now for 6€ on the Winter Sale. I wonder how well it will do.
Thomas Bassi (7 months ago)
Lol watching while using raspberry pi for game streaming
Wild (7 months ago)
Did he say slower then Gibabit!? The Steamlink is only cappable of 100mb its not 1000mb cappable. Read the manual
Wild (7 months ago)
eww 30fps
Bill Bro (7 months ago)
​friend yeakenspochk on steam!
Anom GT (8 months ago)
how about my pc have bad spec but my mac have nice spec can i get nice fps on my mac
UnFunnyBoi (8 months ago)
You can't really use this video for anything anymore, nobody streams 720p anymore
Eric Bostick (9 months ago)
run it Ethernet wired a room away and play a.c. origins it's unplayable lol
CrazyNutReviewsonline (9 months ago)
Okay so the way I under stand this is that the game has to be on both PCs at once and the primary (the pc you're playing on) will bounce the video to the client. is that right?
Can we move steam game from old pc to new pc ????
Eveolution (9 months ago)
I just want a box that can stream whats on my tv to my tv or tv's around the house. It be nice to stream media without having to have another pc, or alternative media sources like fire tv or something.
bob smith (9 months ago)
how is it impressive that a crappy processor can push frames out at x pixels at x FPS? If a modern processor isn't capable of simply playing a video, which is all that this streaming really is, then... you couldn't even open youtube to watch a video
TuixH2 (10 months ago)
Hi guys, I finally can connect my Samsung TV with my Steam account, but ... when i want to play some games the SteamLink App only let my use the keyboard, doesn't recognize my Xbox controller. I think I can not upload one image to show you, but I will try to explain it. In the big picture mode, in my PC and can play any game with my controller, but, when i use the SteamLink App in the icon of the game only appear a little keyboard icon, obviously the games can not played with the xbox controller :( Any solution please ??? Thanks you so much.
Xeathy (10 months ago)
Linus can we have an update on this video? Chromecast Ultra + Gaming PC.
Xeathy (10 months ago)
Alternatives to Chromecast please.
James barden (1 year ago)
lol, this is so cool yet is one of the least watched videos i've ever seen on your channel. i'm wondering where this tech is in the year 2017....
Captain Potvis (1 year ago)
it is still in beta in 2017
DerpHQ (1 year ago)
Who's watching in in 3017
chris rodriguez (1 year ago)
Can you update this video?
Is this still the case???? Can I not stream to my new steam link in 1080p when my pc monitor is 1360x768?
Damir Franc (1 year ago)
If you want to see your limits; then try the impossible. -Great Conqueror Fatih Sultan Mehmet Han
Horaţiu Mlendea (1 year ago)
The hosting rig can be running any OS also, not just the receiving rig. I tried it between two Linux PCs and it worked flawlessly.
Mp Extory (1 year ago)
playing witcher 3 with my hp tablet. I'm getting solid 60fps
JiaQi Gao (1 year ago)
The "mission failed" in the background XD
Future Baby! Meanwhile I am ok with my Geforce streaming especially since it gives remote acces
dbaum42 (1 year ago)
can you give me some links on the notebooks and small laptops you were showing?
Brett Prior (1 year ago)
Last comment 3 years ago, when the video was made... Wifi seems fine to use today with Steam in home streaming, has the official LTT stance changed on that one? Wifi hasn't really changed that much in the past three years, not really anyway. Yet I can stream the gaming rig to a tablet, and play Mass Effect Andromeda in the 60 gallon soaking tub... No perceivable lag to ruin the day or anything. So, whats the LTT word?
Digital Insan1ty (1 year ago)
How is the performance nowadays? Is 4k streaming already possible? Isn't this very dependent of the quality of your router and network adapters? Is it possible to pass through non steam games?
AshPod (1 year ago)
Good job Gaben.
SuperBrokenFingers (1 year ago)
Btw, oxy is pretty much the same shit.
SuperBrokenFingers (1 year ago)
Hey bro, been chasing the dragon much? You sure look like you do.
CoolM8_ (1 year ago)
Just using spectrum wifi lol
Mike Tison (1 year ago)
my sweet Linus God I love you and I mean that I mean s*** I love your videos and thank you so much for not letting that short bearded ugly f*** with no Charisma back on your show so far you're the smartest and the most intelligent Tech Guru out there and I will always follow you but your flunkies R2 mezmorized of your glory I can respect that just stay away from them goddamn energy drinks I'm telling you you're going to crash and they're going to pull a train on that ass
MyAcer20 (1 year ago)
i feel so sad for all of those console gamers not having the options XD
Luke Millard (1 year ago)
Can you make a work around for over wi-fi like you said
Miguel Ortega (1 year ago)
how about whit a new router that suppot 4k
DJ Matusiak (1 year ago)
I started using steam ihs because splashtop streamer would go goofy with the mouse. steams is a lot better. heavily dependant on wifi signal, lots of artifacts and glitchiness using old wifi dongle, but I can now play while at work in off time lol
Joey Mantka (1 year ago)
The key here is the Bandwidth and Latency.. once we get past that .. games can run with a SUPER COMPUTER graphic capabilities at home. But not today.. the Bandwidth is not yet there even at 2016 but it WILL come.. Thin Client Gaming MAY BE the future of gaming. But it is FULLY dependent on Internet.. and not all games don't really need Internet.
K34nu (1 year ago)
Can you make a video on the Nvidia GameStream please?
Joe Gibbs (1 year ago)
A puny laptop core i3 with 8gb ram and intel hd4000 graphics streams gameplay like a dream from my host PC. GTAV, Skyrim, Dishonered, Elite Dangerous I play all of them with a 4 year old laptop.
Joe Gibbs (1 year ago)
Alex Atkin Yes I guess but running GTAV in ultra settings my laptop might struggle on it's own :)
Russell Morton (1 year ago)
my shitty windows tablet with a atom handles steam in home streaming perfectly' just add a usb wifi are you're set
Alex Atkin (1 year ago)
That's actually vastly overpowered for streaming. The video acceleration on the GPU does most of the work. An Atom can easily handle the streaming. The only time it really falls down is that WiFi on them can be a bit rubbish and a good network connection is by far the most important aspect for it to work.
Satori Ankh (1 year ago)
I've seen people using this on tablet android, without Nvidia Shield. My PC doesn't see my tablet :\ any advice?
ِ (1 year ago)
You could sell your Android tablet and get a cheap tablet that runs Windows. Or, you could get nVIDIA GeForce Experience, while having an nVIDIA graphics card, and stream through Moonlight.
Kalfax plays (1 year ago)
can you make a video about a streaming only second pc for high end games? i dunno what to buy.
Tuchulu (1 year ago)
rx 480 or gtx 1060 for this feature?
ِ (1 year ago)
Tuchulu You will need any graphics card for this.
Michelangelo00001 (1 year ago)
what is the size of Samsung TV closer to the end of a video? Thanks! )
Teron Sorensen (1 year ago)
Hey Linus, can you please do an update on this video for moonlight/gamestream/steam in home streaming and tackle the 4K wireless discussion
Xattr (2 years ago)
so apperently its not working with a headless "server PC" wich sucks hard. why would I want to connect a monitor to the Server PC when I actually play it on a different PC. I was hoping to have a windows server PC, managed with RDP, and play games with steam inhome streaming.
Dale Rodrigues (2 years ago)
still doesn't work well with and GPUs...
Ryan McCarthy (2 years ago)
That 3 monitor 20 fps really hurt my eyes.
Roger F (2 years ago)
it's so disappointing when it's the annoying linus guy and not one of the other ones in this videos.
Similak Child (2 years ago)
Works great if you know how to use it and what to use it for.. I have two PC's both with the same steam account logged in, both have wireless internet and they are able to be connected through streaming PC 1: (COOLERMASTER HAF912) AMD FX 8350, 16GB RAM, 660GTX SLI, ASUS VG248QE 144HZ 1920x1080, ETC PC 2: (LENOVO LAPTOP) i5 2540M, 6GB RAM, INTEL HD 3000, 1366x768, ETC With steam streaming, I can use that very crappy laptop to play games that exceed the system requirements, for example: Witcher 3, TES V fully modded with ENBSERIES/RESHADE, and get the full performance I would get from my other PC through the laptop, as well as it being fully playable with no FPS loss at all
Bilo Chan (2 years ago)
Is this the guy who produce As Fast As Possible series? :D
Elliott Marc Jones (2 years ago)
Yes, Linus. He is the owner of Linus Media Group.
gideon ruben (2 years ago)
my 10year old piece of junk can stream 1280x800 60fps
SlicK (2 years ago)
The Companion Cube gets no love. You are unworthy!
Adam Eve (2 years ago)
why doesn't steam just make a console?seriously................
Adam Eve (2 years ago)
I am using a laptop.
Adam Eve (2 years ago)
why doesn't posts instead of sinking...float?
Adam Eve (2 years ago)
(so if I bought steam link....and I have lego star wars.....with 2 steam link controllers.......could I......could we.....play.....together? on television?)specs are as followsHP pavilion notebook N5R46UA#ABAOS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Home Version 10.0.10240 Build 10240 Other OS Description  Not Available OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation System Name DESKTOP-RDAMPPA System Manufacturer HP System Model HP Pavilion Notebook System Type x64-based PC System SKU N5R46UA#ABA Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6500U CPU @ 2.50GHz, 2592 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s) BIOS Version/Date Insyde F.77, 12/18/2015 SMBIOS Version 2.8 Embedded Controller Version 91.28 BIOS Mode UEFI BaseBoard Manufacturer HP BaseBoard Model Not Available BaseBoard Name Base Board Platform Role Mobile Secure Boot State On PCR7 Configuration Elevation Required to View Windows Directory C:\windows System Directory C:\windows\system32 Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1 Locale United States Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "10.0.10240.16392" User Name DESKTOP-RDAMPPA\mark Time Zone Pacific Daylight Time Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB Total Physical Memory 7.84 GB Available Physical Memory 3.99 GB Total Virtual Memory 9.09 GB Available Virtual Memory 4.54 GB Page File Space 1.25 GB Page File C:\pagefile.sys Hyper-V - VM Monitor Mode Extensions Yes Hyper-V - Second Level Address Translation Extensions Yes Hyper-V - Virtualization Enabled in Firmware No Hyper-V - Data Execution Protection Yes
Beastleviath (2 years ago)
I'd like to see him revisit this with the Steam Link
ThaDuDeMaN (2 years ago)
LOL the biggest overlooked issue with moving up to 4k is HDMI 2.0 Support, u can imagine my frustration to learn i couldnt get a good 4k signal for 1 year after buying my tv and only NOW, i have a gpu with hdmi2.0
Will Howes (2 years ago)
This is the kind of video I like to watch, not the newer kind of stuff Linus is doing
M Curry (2 years ago)
6:55 went a little cable guy lol
David Norman (2 years ago)
I just used in home to play rocket league on my 8 year old HTPC in my living room on my 1080p 100" projector! Cool tech
Felix Kunz (2 years ago)
will this work too with a Oculus or Htc Vive as a Display?
Roan Berg (2 years ago)
If you have the appropriate GPU and you're using the Steam Link (Not a steam machine or PC) then you can actually force the server to use resolutions that are not supported by its connected monitor. I don't know if this is a new thing or limited to the current beta client, but I've been doing it with my Nvidia card since I got the Steam Link. I can output 1080p from the Link while my server PC only have a 1680x1050 monitor.
Felix Kunz (2 years ago)
How about a raspberry pi ?
Dj Gelo Official (2 years ago)
the encoder was slowing you now becouse of the amd bad récord use nvidia!!!
Shaun Decker (2 years ago)
yo, can this be used primary for streaming to twitch? explain, so I still want to play the game on a gaming pc and monitor but want it to stream to my laptop also that I can set up/stream to twitch using obs. is this possible?
Blaine Evans (2 years ago)
I got so excited when I saw the Vizio Thin+Light show up! I'm watching on one of those right now, and love this machine (although the keyboard and touchpad are weirdly fickle...).
Panti Moto (2 years ago)
so my gaming pc monitor will be displaying what im playing on the secondary streaming pc? cant i turn the monitor off on the primary pc?
Martin Vindis (2 years ago)
+Uzi Panti You can turn the monitor of just don't turn of the pc :P
Ian Hoswell (2 years ago)
God, seeing the server pc playing the game while no one is sitting at it would be a good way to make someone believe their house and/or rig is haunted.
Cameron Cooper (2 years ago)
what kind of laptop was that ?
thanks for the help robert
Aaron R (2 years ago)
I am currently using wireless 802.11n 2.4 Ghz and getting good performance with Steam In-Home Streaming.. host PC has 3 bars of signal to the web and home network, and getting 50-72 Mbps. I am also using a descent Belkin router. Yes , there are little hitches here and there but it is very playable for me. (It even works better when the game is not a fast paced shooter) host specs : AMD FX 8370 , GTX 960 2GB / Client Laptop: i3 2.1Ghz, Intel HD graphics 3000. Also, I dont think Linus mentioned that if you use the host PCc while streaming then it has a great chance of messing up the stream. The host PC needs to be idle.. and I found that prioritizing network traffic(if you can) will help. This option is in the settings.
okay, i have a query its a useful to know query as im planning on trying the streaming. my desktop build 6 core amd fx motherboard ga-970-ud3p v4.0 32GB of Gskill gaming memory windows 10, windows 7, ubuntu 14.04.3 (all 64-bit) 2TB hdd (just for my games) 1TB hdd for the os'es and a nzxt h440 i use a 1080p 5 series samsung hdtv (so its safe to assume 1080p) wireless n is what i use at the moment for connecting online. oh and the gpu, an xfx r9 380 OC 4GB edition (and i thought my old 270 was powerful haha) the system i was planning on using to receive stream, asus g72gx it has 6 GB memory (standard ram not gaming) it has windows 7 and it does a res of 1600x900 the graphics in this is a gtx 260m 1GB also use wifi here to get online my reason for mentioning this is, i plan on using my headset for listening to the game and also use teamspeak 3 (i have a custom ubuntu 15.04 x64 dell desktop i use just for teamspeak server, im quite proud of that haha) my actual query, is can i hear the game and the teamspeak via the laptop at the same time as i plan to game downstairs in the living room, so my partener can get more sleep when doing gaming, and thought this is a possible theory. could this work? i did concider using thier stream box, but my headset does not become compatible without doing something drastic. i.e. the headset used usb to get power, but uses jacks to plug in mic and audio seperate, as steams stream box does not do audio jacks id be pretty stuffed, as i couldnt use it to game this way. i did come up with the idea of using a cell/mobile phone usb charger, which powers up the headset and jacks work well (was diagnosing audio crackling and was seeing if usb was allowing the dreaded system noise thru anything electrical via audio) my games i wanted to play? (team fortress classic & 2, and warframe mainly) do you think that it is possible to do it well? thanks
Robert Phoenix (2 years ago)
+Planet Supermorph YOu will have to run the teamspeak client on the Client machine as only the game audio is streamed from the server PC. Also you will be limited to playing at 1600x900 resolution. For the rest the client PC is more then powerfull enough to decode the stream from the server. Currently there is however a Bug in the steam streaming system whihc causes annoying screen blackouts every 10-15 seconds. As a workaround you can turnoff hardware decoding in the Advanced CLient options. This will increase the workload of the processor on the client machine. Most CPU's from the last 6 years however are more then powerfull enough to decode the H.264 signal in software.
Kosta The Ghosta (2 years ago)
Do you think I could use wireless to stream from my fx8320 960 ssc pc to a laptop with an I7 that I plugged into a tv via hdmi. Will the latency be too much for just some casual local games just to play with some friends?
Aaron R (2 years ago)
+JoyousUnicornGaming I am currently using wireless 802.11n 2.4 Ghz and getting good performance with Steam In-Home Streaming.. host PC has 3 bars of signal to the web and home network, and getting 50-72 Mbps. I am also using a descent Belkin router. Yes , there are little hitches here and there but it is very playable for me. (It even works better when the game is not a fast paced shooter) host specs : AMD FX 8370 , GTX 960 2GB / Client Laptop: i3 2.1Ghz, Intel HD graphics 3000. Also, I dont think Linus mentioned that if you use the host PCc while streaming then it has a great chance of messing up the stream. The host PC needs to be idle.. and I found that prioritizing network traffic(if you can) will help. This option is in the settings.
Phenolphthalein (2 years ago)
+JoyousUnicornGaming It would all depend on how good of a signal you have. If your wireless is crap near your tv, then you'll have really bad latency. In that case then it would possibly be worthwhile to get a powerline kit and use that instead of your wifi.
Kosta The Ghosta (2 years ago)
Would it be more viable just to unplug my rig and carry it down 2 stories and plug it in. It's less practical but will work better so... what should I do? Also I maybe can plug anything near the TV into ethernet so there is that too.
Ace Unica (2 years ago)
what modem router do you use for this game streaming can you suggest me a good modem/router for game streaming....
FellTheSky (2 years ago)
ive tested this this week and it works perfectly. And the best thing is you can stream your entire pc if you want to, for example to play games that wont allow steam launch (like hearthstone). Just choose the notepad.exe as a game, then you minimize the notepad, and there is your desktop. The only thing is that if you dont have wire, buy the best router you can, it helps a lot
Robert Funfstuck (2 years ago)
I found a workaround for the limitation of screen resolution depending on the connected monitor to the server PC. Unplug your monitor. That's it. Games will give you all the display options past that. I used VNC to connect to verify the resolutions on the main computer without having a monitor limiting it and it was correct.
FlowUrbanFlow (1 year ago)
Robert Funfstuck That's one of those fixes that's so easy you'd expect it not to work. Haha,nice job man.
Zarni Winn (2 years ago)
Thanks man! I decided to pull out my laptop display to steam minecraft on my 4k UHD tv. #totallyworthit xD
PCFreak (2 years ago)
screw 4K, i don't even have 1080p :/
Samsung Android (2 years ago)
U Do Me.... huh huh huh,,, yeah I'd do her
realcygnus (2 years ago)
@10:35 he said ....."as all balls" .....hehe haha hoho
chipthe ehtpihc (2 years ago)
60 fps gta v on my s3. uninterrupted.
jasonloco2000 (2 years ago)
whats better for streamig on twitch pc desktop or laptop
Dane (2 years ago)
i'd like to play a steam game (with a controller) on my iphone while pooping.
Timo Stroet (11 months ago)
Dane If you have an NVIDIA gpu, you can do this 1 get MFI controller 2 enable shield streaming in GeForce experience 3 download moonlight app on iphone 4 connect iphone 5 connect controller to iphone 6 start game via moonlight 7 play
06.28 What is that computer called?
Nguyen Duong (2 years ago)
Your move, console peasants
Hector Ruiz (2 years ago)
+Yen Syden yes I'm, Xbox app while not perfect at that time, I must tell is awesome
greekgod ice (2 years ago)
+Hector Ruiz you're on windows 10?
Hector Ruiz (2 years ago)
+Nguyen Duong Since last year I am playing on my laptop my xbox games.
Mohamed Kahn (2 years ago)
Just minding my own business watching this video when I realize that one of the PCs has the same hostname as my Windows PC.

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