This article specifies the hardware requirements for hosting a gaming session on your PC. If you're looking to connect to another gaming PC, check the hardware requirements for your device here. For a more detailed article on supported GPUs, check this out.
You must be running Windows 8.1, 10, or Windows Server 2012 or 2016 to host. Windows 7 is not supported, and it will never be supported due to the Microsoft deprecation plans and the lack of support for important APIs Parsec depends on.
- NVIDIA GPUs - Confirm that your GPU is listed in this matrix under support for NVENC H.264 (AVCHD) YUV 4:2:0. If it is, please make sure you're running a recent version of the NVIDIA drivers for your gaming PC.
- AMD GPUs - It's a bit more difficult to determine which AMD GPUs support our hosting software. If your GPU supports Video Coding Engine and you're running the AMD Crimson Drivers (or later), you should be able to host.
- Intel CPUs - Parsec is built to work with gaming PCs as the host. That being said, some newer Intel CPUs support Intel QuickSync technology and can be a Parsec host. We don't actively support this since the main use-case for Parsec is connecting to a gaming PC with a discrete GPU.
Please note, despite what is said here, some laptops running hybrid graphics still have an issue hosting a Parsec server. You'll get this error when Parsec fails to initialize the encoder on your GPU. We are working to resolve this.