Arcade

Arcade is in beta, and only supports some DirectX 11, DX 9 and OpenGL titles. If you are getting errors and issues while using Arcade, please try the things contained in this article.

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Parsec Arcade is our latest gaming feature that helps you play local, offline multiplayer and couch co-op games with your friends or strangers, online. It's also the go-to way to play with people from all around the world.

In contrast to streaming the whole desktop in the Computers tab, Arcade streams just the game to your friends and online peers. There's no voice chat echo, and no need to keep a separate chat window open to talk to friends - the host can talk to the people connected via an on-screen Parsec overlay!

Please be aware that Arcade is in beta and you it's possible you'll encounter issues hosting games, in addition to being unable to give full keyboard and mouse to guests for games that need it. Because of that, if you're playing with friends we recommend that you use the Computers tab for now. 

Recommended settings

Host

Setting Value
Resolution 1920x1080 (1080p)
Bandwidth Limit 25+ Mbps (bandwidth split between clients)
FPS 60+
Exclusive Input Mode On


Client

Setting Value
Renderer Direct3D 11 (Windows), Metal (macOS)
Decoder NVIDIA, AMD, or Hardware (macOS)
H.265 (HEVC) On
Constant FPS (in-stream setting) Off
Prefer 4:4:4 color (in-stream setting) Off
Bandwidth limit (in-stream setting) 25+ Mbps