Use the Web App (browser)

The Parsec web client is a convenient way to access your host computer(s) or join an Arcade game when you don't have the Parsec application downloaded on your local device. As such, there is nothing to install, assuming you have a capable web browser! The performance on the web client will not be as good as our native clients, so we always recommend that you download the right one for your computer

Your computer will use the web client to join a session whenever the Parsec application is not running or cannot be detected by the website.


Some Caveats

  • The web client does not have access to low-level hardware optimizations or hardware decoding. Unfortunately, this just isn't possible today because browsers don't give you direct access to this.
  • If you're experiencing lag or error 6200 on the web client, we recommend you download one of our native clients. 
  • The web client is only available on Chrome. 82% of Parsec users are on Chrome. The next closest browser in terms of usage is FireFox with just about 5% of users visiting our homepage. We haven't taken the time to implement FireFox because it works very differently from Chrome for handling video. Chrome has also implemented a ton of features to make low latency video streaming possible for things like Google Hangouts and Google Stadia.
  • The web client uses WebRTC for its networking. We have a lot less control over the networking causing issues with low bandwidth connections and increased lag. We built our own networking protocol for game streaming because off-the-shelf technology, like WebRTC, doesn't cut it for the most demanding gaming experiences.