How Do I Know If My Graphics Card Supports Hosting A Game With Parsec

In order to host a game with Parsec, your 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.



NVIDIA NVENC + DirectX 11.1

Generation of NVIDIA GTX GPU Arcade Hosting Computer Sharing
NVIDIA GTX 200 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 260 No No
NVIDIA GTX 400 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 460 No No
NVIDIA GTX 500 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 560 No No
NVIDIA GTX 600 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 650 Yes Yes | See here for laptops
NVIDIA GTX 700 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 750 Yes Yes | See here for laptops
NVIDIA GTX 800 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 850M Yes Yes | See here for laptops
NVIDIA GTX 900 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 950 Yes Yes | See here for laptops
NVIDIA GTX 1000 Series - Example: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Yes Yes | See here for laptops
NVIDIA RTX 2000 Series - Example: NVIDIA RTX 2060 Yes Yes | See here for laptops
NVIDIA RTX 3000 Series - Example: NVIDIA RTX 3060 Yes Yes | See here for laptops


These GPU's lack the NVENC chip required for Parsec and are not supported.

NVIDIA Tesla, GRID, and Quadro

Professional workstation and server graphics cards will work with Parsec provided that they support hardware video encoding (NVIDIA NVENC), support either a physical display or display emulation via EDID, and are running in WDDM mode. Generally speaking, this means you should license NVIDIA Grid Virtual Workstation, along with installing the correct Grid Virtual Workstation driver. AWS also has a "vGaming" Driver available. For support with this, contact your NVIDIA Representative, or cloud provider documentation.



Intel Quick Sync Video + DirectX 11.1

Intel HD Graphics Driver September 2019

An Intel Graphics driver released in September ending in .726X (for example has a bug preventing Parsec hosting from working. Please check the device manager to see if you have this driver. If this driver is installed on your system, you will need to update your driver (directly from the Intel Support Site) or downgrade/rollback to a previous driver version.

Generation of Intel i3, i5, i7 Supported
1st Gen "Nehalem" - Example: Intel Core i7-620m No
2nd Gen "Sandy Bridge" - Example: Intel Core i7-2720QM No
3rd Gen "Ivy Bridge" - Example: Intel Core i7-3720QM No
4th Gen "Haswell" - Example: Intel Core i7-4720HQ Yes - Windows 10 Only
5th Gen "Broadwell" - Example: Intel Core i5-5200U Yes
6th Gen "Skylake" - Example: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Yes
7th Gen "Kaby Lake" - Example: Intel Core i7-7700HQ Yes
8th Generation "Coffee Lake" - Example: Intel Core i7-8550U Yes
9th Generation "Coffee Lake/ Coffee Lake / Whiskey Lake" - Example: Intel Core i7-9750H Yes
10th Generation "Ice Lake / Comet Lake" - Example: Intel Core i7-10710U Yes

Celeron, Pentium, and Atom Support

Celeron, Pentium, and Atom chipsets are supported provided they support DirectX 11.1 and Quick Sync Video



AMD VCE + DirectX 11.1

Generation Supported
TeraScale - Example: Radeon HD 6770 No
GCN 1 - Example: Radeon HD 7770 Yes
GCN 2 - Example: Radeon R9 290 Yes
GCN 3 - Example: Radeon R9 380 Yes
GCN 4 - Example: Radeon RX 480 Yes
Vega - Example: Radeon RX Vega 56 Yes
Navi - Example: Radeon RX5700 Yes
Big Navi - Example: Radeon RX6700 Yes

AMD APU Support

AMD APUs based on GCN1.0 or higher containing VCE and DirectX 11.1 may be supported when running latest drivers from