Valve has opened the registration period for the company’s Steam In-Home Streaming feature. The new feature, unveiled as part of the company’s larger living room initiative, allows users to stream Steam games from one device to another on a local network. Similar to the GameStream technology unveiled by NVIDIA for its Shield handheld device, the service gives users the flexibility to render games on powerful PCs, but play them on less powerful devices throughout the home.
Although registrations are open now, the service won’t roll out to beta testers until “later this year,” with a public unveiling set for 2014. It also won’t be an open beta; Valve will select an undisclosed number of registrants at random for a closed testing period. Those interested can register now by joining the Steam In-Home Streaming group. Valve will begin selecting eligible candidates in the coming days.
Steam In-Home Streaming was unveiled in October alongside three key living room initiatives: a new Linux-based SteamOS, in-house console-like hardware called Steam Machines, and a novel new controller that aims to make PC games easier to enjoy in the living room. All three projects are entering into various levels of closed beta testing this year, with public launches set for 2014.