Steam Now Supports VA-API For In-Home Game Streaming
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve on 21 August 2014 at 05:40 PM EDT. 20 Comments
Another Steam Linux client update is out today and with this latest revision comes VA-API video acceleration support when using Steam on Linux for in-home streaming.

Steam has already supported VDPAU for in-home streaming on Linux as the preferred means of GPU-based video acceleration for the NVIDIA Linux graphics driver and the Radeon/Nouveau Gallium3D drivers. Now Valve has implemented Video Acceleration API (VA-API) support to benefit those using Intel HD Graphics on Linux as their open-source driver is the primary user of this video API. Using VA-API in-home streaming requires the Intel VA-API driver 1.3.2 or newer.

Besides the VA-API support, the latest Steam client beta has a number of fixes, more work in the Big Picture mode, and Steam Music Beta and VR improvements. More details on this latest Steam client beta update can be found at

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