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Steam Steam Remote Play

Discussion in 'Game Design, Development And Publishing' started by mikix, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. mikix

    mikix Member

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    How exactly does it work? My game uses mouse to move and keyboard to attack and use skills. So, I guess people can't play it with their friends on remote then? It'd just be like a Cho'gall type of play from Heroes of the Storm, right? :p TL;DR: Two people control one character.
     
  2. Yal

    Yal GMC Memer GMC Elder

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    The gist of how Steam's new "turn local multiplayer into online multiplayer" functionality works is that the guest player's(/players') inputs is relayed to the host player's game, and then a video stream of the game is sent back to the guests. So functionally, it's as if everybody were playing at the same computer*... so you can only use as much hardware as would be possible to plug into a single computer (e.g. only one keyboard, only one mouse). I've seen Jamestown advertise that it supports multiple keyboards and mice but that's a very non-standard thing.


    *except with a lot more lag
     
  3. mikix

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    So it depends on how many USB ports people have for keyboards and mice? Or does the host need to plug in an extra keyboard? Sorry for being confused here. I am rethinking the character selection screen if the case is that the host only needs the USB ports, not two keyboards and two mice connected.
     
  4. Yal

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    The USB ports aren't the bottleneck here, it's whether the games can handle multiple keyboards/mice natively (since the OS doesn't distinguish between them, usually, it can't tell WHICH keyboard / mouse was used to input a signal).
     
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