Oh wow, someone made a hand-held Steam Machine

Seriously, as someone who works from home and who spends an ungodly amount of time within the walls of my home (I’m not complaining, I actually like my house quite a bit), there is something to be said for Steam’s in-home streaming. For a very brief period of time I tried having my PC in the living room hooked up to my television, but the reality is that as cool as Steam’s Big Picture Mode is, not all games adhere to it and some just look downright terrible on a television.

There are still some games that work perfectly, though, which is where Steam’s in-home streaming comes into play. I have a few laptops floating around and it’s actually a cool feature to be able to plug the HDMI into the television and stream some games to my living room while I kick back with a PS3 controller. The only thing is, it is kind of clumsy still. For lack of a better term, it is inelegant. There is actually an app you can download for Android that will allow you to stream Steam games onto your smartphone or tablet, but most of these things lack physical buttons and the concept of pairing a controller to a tablet or phone is just wonky.

So imagine if somebody built a portable system that runs Steam games, just like those expensive Steam Machines, but can also stream your games with a bit more elegance. Enter the Steamboy. As a dude who uses his PlayStation Vita to play PS4 games in other parts of the house, the idea of being able to do the same thing with my weird obsessions like Mount & Blade: Warband or Rising Storm is just too much for me to handle.

Published on June 16, 2014 at 7:07 am
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