if you want to game on rMB

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by macguy360, May 3, 2015.

  1. macguy360 macrumors 6502a

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    All you need is another more powerful computer at your house, a wireless network, and steam.

    Steam implemented game streaming software that lets you use a more powerful computer to crunch all the data/graphics while using a second computer to stream it to (think OnLive, but without needing to be online and better graphics/less latency).

    The trick is to log into steam with your more powerful computer, then log into steam with your rMB and go into big picture mode on your rMB. At this point, the main computer takes over as the horsepower for gaming and your rMB is the mirror with full keyboard/mouse functionality. If your main computer can be wired while your rMB is wireless, you will have much better image quality.

    I have found zero latency when testing this out. It is really really impressive. It will allow you to play any game you can think of on your rMB while at home. Rather than having to sit in front of a desktop computer, you can sit on the couch and play some games.

    One last thing, make sure to set your settings to (beautiful) rather than (fast) so that the image quality is better. I found that when setting it to (beautiful), it is nearly impossible to tell that you are streaming a game to your rMB. It looks like the game is being run by your rMB and not some other computer in the house.
     
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  3. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

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    I live within 24ms. I will be using steam stream this summer. It works great.
     
  4. dyn macrumors 68030

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    If you guys bothered to read the original link you'd have seen that it's now 40ms. Using AWS is a bit of an overkill and more in the realms of "cos we can!". For home use I think a dedicated machine at home is a better idea, especially if you already have a gaming computer.
     
  5. happyslayer macrumors 6502a

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    I gotta agree with the OP: if you already have a good gaming PC, then it's a no-brainer. If not, and you have the low latency, then the Amazon service might be cool. Me, I have high latency to Amazon - 81ms per the test - and I have an awesome gaming box. On the other hand, I like playing games on my desktop with its bigger screen and Logitech gaming G604 mouse so I'll stick to that for gaming and this little MacBook for most everything else :)
     

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