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Steam in-home streaming to get better AMD optimization

The latest Steam client beta update will bring better support for AMD graphics cards while using the Steam in-home streaming feature. These optimizations come shortly after Nvidia announced that it has been working with Valve to incorporate hardware encoding features for streamers using Nvidia GPUs.

Those of you who own a Radeon HD 7800, HD 7900, R9 or R7 series AMD graphics card will now be able to utilize VCE hardware encoding in Direct3D games.


While improving AMD support for in-home streaming is the driving force behind this latest beta update, its not the only change we’ve got. Valve’s patch notes reveal that there is now better support for Nvidia’s Shadowplay technology and users can now stream from a Linux host PC.

Aside from that, the rest of the patch notes list little big fixes and changes, one of which says that the Steam client will now use up less resources while running in the background.

You can read the full list of changes, HERE.

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KitGuru Says: We saw a few people worried that Valve had left AMD out when it teamed up with Nvidia to incorporate hardware encoding for its GPUs. However, this latest update should clear things up. How many of you guys have used Steam’s in-home streaming feature? Do you use an AMD GPU or an Nvidia GPU?

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