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 850M or better
- 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 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000 or 8000 series CPUs with integrated Intel HD graphics
*Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 4000 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 Brasswell/Cherry Trail or better
Which consumer AMD Radeon graphics cards support hosting with Parsec?
Encoder name: VCE
AMD Radeon graphic cards supporting Parsec hosting (VCE)
- APU's based on Piledriver, Steamroller, Excavator, Jaguar, Puma and Puma+
- Radeon HD 7700, 7800 or 7900 series or better
- Radeon HD 8570 or better
- Radeon R7 250E or better
- Radeon R9 270 or better
- Radeon R7 360 or better
- Radeon R9 370 or better
- Radeon RX 460 or better
- Radeon RX 550 or better
Example: The R7 260 supports hosting, but a R7 240 does not.
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.