In order to host a game with Parsec, your Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 computer must include a graphics card that has a hardware video encoder, and your computer's display must be connected directly to the graphics card.
If your computer has more than one graphics card (EG both Intel and NVIDIA inside of a laptop) then you will need to follow this guide here.
If you have one of these graphics cards, but are unable to host, you may need to update your graphic card to latest drivers, or check that your client is not trying to connect at the wrong resolution.
Which NVIDIA graphics cards support hosting with Parsec?
Encoder name: NVENC
Geforce GTX graphics cards supporting Parsec hosting (NVENC)
Geforce GTX 650 or better - click here for laptops
Geforce GTX 750 or better - click here for laptops
Geforce GTX 950 or better - click here for laptops
Geforce GTX 1050 or better- click here for laptops
Example. The GTX 960 has an encoder, a GT 940m does not
Which Intel graphics cards support hosting with Parsec?
Encoder name: Quick Sync Video
Intel CPU chipsets supporting Parsec hosting (Quick Sync Video)
Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th generation CPUs with integrated Intel HD graphics
*4th Generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 series requires Windows 10 to host.
Example. The i5-4570 has a hardware encoder in it’s integrated graphics chip, but a i7-2600 does not
*some Celeron and Pentium CPU chipsets may also include encoders in the iGPU if they are Haswell architecture or newer
*some Atom chipsets may also include encoders in the iGPU if they are Braswell/Cherry Trail or better
Which consumer AMD Radeon graphics cards support hosting with Parsec?
Encoder name: VCE
Radeon RX 550 or better
Radeon Vega 56 or better
Example: The R7 260 supports hosting, but a R7 240 does not.
Ryzen 2400g and 2200G are not supported
Do professional workstation or server graphics cards work with Parsec?
Professional workstation and server graphics cards will work with Parsec provided that they support hardware video encoding (NVIDIA - NVENC, AMD - VCE) and support either a physical display or display emulation via EDID.