Like many Zwifters, I do my indoor training in a ‘low traffic’ area of my home. In my case, it’s a small section of my unfinished basement, that I affectionately call my “basement torture chamber”. There’s nothing down here but boxes, some old furniture, a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine, a 40" TV and my fat butt sweating along enjoying the 10-degrees-cooler basement and my trusty fan.
Upstairs I have a very powerful gaming PC that’s capable of pushing Zwift to it’s max without breaking a sweat. Zwift itself isn’t a really graphically intense game, especially compared to modern titles; though it’s clearly way better than anything that’s ever been done for cycling before. Nevertheless, my MacBook Pro struggles to hold 720p and 30fps. The upstairs machine can push 1440p at triple-digit FPS’s (60fps effectively as that’s the refresh rate of the monitor) without a sweat. Perfect!
Steam In-Home streaming has worked flawlessly with every single game and piece of software I’ve ever used it on. EXCEPT for Zwift. It’s the only application that has ever not worked. The Steam support community suggests that Zwift does something funky with windows permissions. One issue I’ve noticed, is the little window that pops up in the background with a slideshow of Zwift features interferes as well.
Point being, it doesn’t work well at all. Natively, it doesn’t work at all. While steam allows non-steam games to be added TO steam and streamed (and I run several, including others with login screens, etc.) without a problem, it simply crashes with Zwift. I HAVE gotten it to work, by launching ANOTHER application, alt-tabbing, launching zwift, and running Zwift in windowed mode. But that’s far from an ideal solution.
(Pro-Tip: VirtualHere, found at virtualhere.com, works flawlessly for sharing USB devices across a network. So using an ANT+ dongle on my laptop is no problem at all).
Zwift, you oh great and wise and wonderful people who have made winter months bearable and indoor trainers kind of… almost… fun? (Has that word ever been used in the context of a turbo trainer before?). However, I am not alone in wanting to have good, solid support for Steam In-Home streaming so that I can immerse myself even better with the best graphics Zwift has to offer. Maybe even working alongside a Steam Link to even make it so I don’t have to lug my laptop downstairs; even better!!