If you have a gaming PC that fulfills these hardware requirements, you can host a Parsec gaming session for yourself or your friends to connect to.
You also need to be running Windows 8.1, 10, Server 2012, or Server 2016 to host. Parsec cannot support Windows 7 as a host. It will not happen any time in the future due to Microsoft deprecating the operating system.
HOSTING A GAMING SESSION ON PARSEC
- Visit our downloads page and download the Windows version of Parsec.
- Make sure you download the right version of Parsec for your Windows operating system. Some Windows computers still run the 32-bit version of Windows. Please choose that version of the Parsec software if your computer is running 32-bit Windows.
- Install Parsec and accept the Windows Firewall exception request. If you don't do this, follow this article on how to add a Windows Firewall exception.
- If you want controller support for people connecting to your gaming PC, you need to install the ViGEM driver.
- If you ran into a problem at this point, or Parsec doesn't successfully install, it's most likely because your anti-virus is blocking the installation. Please make sure your anti-virus doesn't block it.
- Log in or create an account when Parsec launches.
- Choose to enable hosting on the computer.
- If you want to start Parsec when your computer starts, right click on the Parsec logo on the task tray and choose "Start on Login." This step will help avoid you accidentally forgetting to turn the Parsec server on. Don't worry, anyone trying to make a connection still has to be approved by you unless you give them permission to connect without permission.
- If you want to disable hosting while running Parsec, visit the computer settings and choose disable hosting.