In-Home Streaming is now out of beta and available for everyone.
For what it's worth, we (my oldest daughter and I) tested this yesterday using my desktop PC (nice gaming rig
) and her laptop (not much a gaming laptop, i.e., HD3000 graphics chip). I used FarCry3 as the test game and the whole experience actually worked out pretty well. For a game like that on her laptop, typically, we have to really
reduce the graphic settings in order to make the framerate playable. However, using the streaming functionality, we were able to play FC3 on her laptop with MUCH better graphical quality than if we played directly on her laptop. There was some screen tearing on the laptop side that reminded me of the effect you get when you play with a framerate higher than the refresh rate of your monitor. However, we could have probably reduced that by using a lower resolution to play at as I think her laptop was struggling to keep up with the video decoding that drives this functionality. At any rate, it was pretty damn slick overall.
And if it wasn't mentioned previously, one of the nice additional benefits of the In-Home Streaming feature is that you can now be signed into your Steam account on multiple PCs at the same time. This means you can also download games/updates to multiple PCs at the same time.
Mouser and I were discussing this very thing yesterday in IRC. And, yes, this is a VERY nice side benefit. Beforehand, if you logged into Steam from a second computer, it would punt you out of the first one AND remove your saved password. A right PITA to re-enter if you use randomly generated passwords like me.
(Or you can just play remotely, so that you don't need to download the game(s) on the second PC at all...)
That is correct. However, you CANNOT play games from multiple computers at the same time. Not even different games. That is, only one computer can be playing one game at any one time.