It's an interesting initiative. I might consider this for playing from my HTPC for example -- it already has a mouse and a keyboard and is attached to a receiver (hopefully this includes sound as well). Not sure this would work well with my Surface Pro tablet, however -- I'd likely need to attach a mouse to it first.
"Otherwise is rather pointless, I might as well game directly on that machine."
1. I can think of a few reasons to justify the 1 to 1 setup working. First are foremost you can move all the wires, noise, and heat out into the garage. Also you can do a rebuild on your rig out there instead of making a giant mess in your kitchen/livingroom/bedroom. Important once you have a significant other who already hates the gaming you do and the gaming rig you have.
2. Would you rather have your 5 year old, roommate, parent, etc that is going to trash your gaming rig because of the stupid things they do/install/download or would you rather they mess up their old laptop instead?
3. The ability to pick up and go else where in the house to game is badly needed without having to haul all your gear with you. Guests sleeping in the guest room aka your computer den where your rig lives? You want to go "work" in the garage and get away from the family? Want to play games with your kids/friends in the livingroom?
I'd love to be able to put one or many rigs out in the garage and to be able to support a virtual OS on a hardware light device, but I'll take a 1 for 1 streaming over nothing at all.
I just still have a hard time believing that this magical utopia of gaming that Valve is promising is going to happen the way they're promising, but maaaaaaaaaaan, I really hope it does. I cannot wait to get my hands on this software. I live to play 4x games while watching TV with my wife, but there's only so many my laptop can run....this would change everything.
I just still have a hard time believing that this magical utopia of gaming that Valve is promising is going to happen the way they're promising
It should do, this technology already exists and works, examples:
I already stream games this way using Splashtop from my desktop to my laptop - the limitation of Splashtop though is that a) it doesn't support full screen games so you have to hope your game has a borderless window option or put up with ugly borders and b) it doesn't support control pads, only kb and mouse. I regularly use Splashtop to stream LOTRO onto my laptop.
Sony Remote Play between their consoles and handhelds.
The PERFECT SOLUTION to me would be this:
1) $100 or less
2) HDMI and DVI outputs
3) Ethernet and wi-fi (ethernet is best) inputs
4) 3xUSB (for controllers and wi-fi)
I guess it will end up being the low-end Steambox, but I'd like to see something LESS expensive that just does the basic job of communicating with the main PC and handling the video streaming and nothing more.