AirPlay desktop to desktop?

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  1. Uplift, Oct 14, 2014
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    Uplift macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2011
    I have a question regarding AirPlay.

    I have two computers:
    rMBP (1st gen)
    Windows 8.1 HTPC

    The HTPC is a suitable gaming PC with i7, 8gb ram, SSD and r7970 GPU... I rarely get to use it because it's hooked up to the main TV mainly used for movies/steam, and in this setting it wouldn't be suitable for games like WOW. We use it as a couch-console like unit with controller.

    I'm wondering if it's at all possible to stream the content of my HTPC to my retina macbook pro display so that I can play higher powered games on my rMBP but using the power of my PC.

    [edit] from what i can see AirPlay does not allow outright streaming of a desktop, even if i was to setup my PC as a broadcaster (if this is possible?) and mac as a receiver using 3rd party software... if this is the case is there anything else besides Steam?

    A bit like Steam In-Home Streaming, but this doesn't work well with games outside of Steam, WOW was blurry and lagged, games outside of steam like FIFA must be used as a work around and disables things like controller support.

    Infact it would be great all round if i could work on my PC whilst sat on my mac without some laggy VNC.
  2. Uplift thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2011
    Looks like this is just for streaming audio?
  3. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    I doubt if Airplay mirroring your PC's screen (even if you find a solution) will work well; I'd expect it to be low resolution and the inputs very laggy (lots of latency). It might work for more strategic games, but not FPSs etc.
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    like others the latency will be bad. Sounds like something like a KVM switch with those two computers might be in your future.

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