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Steam Remote Play Together is now in beta - A new feature that lets you play your couch co-op games with friends over the internet

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  1. Sheep
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    So I tried this out with a friend this afternoon and it's actually alright, you basically stream your game to your steam friend(s) and they interact via the stream. Essentially it's what Google...

    So I tried this out with a friend this afternoon and it's actually alright, you basically stream your game to your steam friend(s) and they interact via the stream. Essentially it's what Google Stadia and other services are recently trying to do.

    It's really nice that only the person streaming the game needs to own it for the others to join in, but be prepared for a bad experience if you or any of your friends doesn't have solid internet speeds. That is, your friend needs to have good enough download speeds to stream video with low latency while also having good enough upload speeds to provide inputs with low latency, and you need to have good enough upload speeds to stream a game in high resolution, and that might be hard to accomplish for some people.

    One of my friends had a slow connection and what ended up happening was the stream was constantly buffering and crashing so they simply couldn't play.

    I also do not recommend this at all for any kind of game where timely and precise movement is required, such as a fighting game or a rhythm game, but other more laid back games are definitely worth checking out!

    Overall, while there will always be latency issues, I'm really happy that there is at least the possibility of playing local co-op with friends who are far away from you, so you don't have to restrict yourself to online multiplayer games only, and I'm sure a lot of devs appreciate the fact they won't have to worry about coding an online multiplayer experience in some of their games too.

    9 votes
  2. vord
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    RIP https://parsecgaming.com/ Comparing Parsec with Steam Remote Play, ranging from wired LAN to wireless over a 4G connection, Parsec generally has better video quality, lower latency, and...

    RIP https://parsecgaming.com/

    Comparing Parsec with Steam Remote Play, ranging from wired LAN to wireless over a 4G connection, Parsec generally has better video quality, lower latency, and recovers from networking problems better. Steam's implementation was acceptable, but unremarkable except for the much better touchscreen controls on cellphones.

    It was hands down the best implementation of this tech I've used to date, and I don't foresee its user base expanding much now that Steam has copied its most unique feature.

    6 votes
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    moocow1452
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    Cool. This will be nuts if it works.

    Cool. This will be nuts if it works.

    1 vote
    1. cfabbro
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      Yeah, it's kind of a game changer for indie devs too, since adding online multiplayer capabilities into games is still pretty difficult/labour intensive, especially for a small team.

      Yeah, it's kind of a game changer for indie devs too, since adding online multiplayer capabilities into games is still pretty difficult/labour intensive, especially for a small team.

      3 votes