As Sony and Microsoft prepare to launch their next big game consoles, there’s something far more exciting on the horizon.
It’s the idea that if you already own a powerful gaming PC, you might not need a dedicated game console at all. Valve and Nvidia are both working on ways to deliver high-end gaming to any television, and to other screens around the house. Your gaming rig would handle all the intensive computing, then it would stream the video and audio to a less powerful device over your wireless router.
Valve now says it will begin beta testing in-home streaming through its Steam service later this year. And judging from the language of Valve’s call for participants (“stream games from one computer to another”), you won’t even need SteamOS or a Steam Machine to take advantage. A powerful desktop PC and a cheap laptop, with Steam software installed on both…
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