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2 years ago#1
So Valve finally released some more info on how streaming will work, and one key point is that the computer you are streaming from will *not* be usable while the game is running. That pretty much destroys any chance of streaming my games to a Steambox on the TV while my wife uses the PC to watch news or whatever - which was pretty much the biggest reason Steambox looked appealing to me. Without that capability, I probably won't be getting one after all. Too bad.
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2 years ago#2
It wasn't obvious????

The game will run and project normally. Steam with intercept the buffer, just like video recording programs do, compress it, and send it over the network to the device.
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2 years ago#3
This was expected by most people. It is not a surprise.
2 years ago#4
Did they specifically say you couldn't run it in a window or alt+tab out of the game?
2 years ago#5
Your wife doesn't have another device to do whatever on?
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2 years ago#6
What did you expect? The PC from which you're streaming has to be performing the task to be streamed. It wouldn't work any other way.
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2 years ago#7
It would've been nice if the TV you're streaming to worked as a second monitor, but it's understandably a pretty complicated process.
2 years ago#8
Anyone who knows anything about computers was not surprised by that one bit.
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2 years ago#9
But... but now I can play all these Windows games on Linux!
2 years ago#10
From the way I always figured it, all steam is going to be doing is the same thing onlive was doing. Taking the video and audio feed and sending that somewhere else, and then sending the control information back to the computer running the game... Maybe your wife could continue to use the computer if you have two monitors and you can run the game windowed/no border... but then I feel like her input to the computer would interfere with your game.

Yeah, depending on what the wife wants to do, it'd be better to buy a cheap computer so she could use that instead of hoping steam is going to make software to fix that. OR... maybe they'll eventually figure out a way for a game to run in the background and send all the data to another computer/screen...but I feel like that'd be on the game programmers to do that rather than steam.
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