Feature Matrix

Client Feature Matrix

Below is what each platform supports in terms of features, for when you're joining a computer on Parsec.

Feature Windows MacOS Linux (Ubuntu) Android Web (Chromium)
H.264 Decoding ✅ (hardware¹ and software) ✅ (hardware¹ and software) ✅ (hardware¹ and software) ✅ (hardware¹ and software) ✅ (hardware¹ and software)
H.265 Decoding ✅ (hardware¹ and software) ✅ (hardware¹ and software) ✅ (hardware¹ and software) ✅ (hardware¹ and software)
4:4:4 Decoding² ✅ (hardware¹ and software) ✅ (hardware¹ and software) ✅ (hardware¹ and software)
Switch Screens
Extra Screens²
Enhanced Pen²
SAML SSO²
DS4 Touchpad

¹ Hardware support also depends on the device's video decoder to work
² This feature also requires Warp or Teams

Host Feature Matrix

MacOS hosting is in preview. This means it does not include some of the features of Windows hosting, and may have bugs or occasional crashes. While macOS hosting is a preview release, you may need to use it in combination with another remote desktop application just in case something goes wrong.

The macOS hosting preview also currently runs at the retina scale resolution in order to prioritize a high performance connection. This means if you have a 4K or 5K display, running in Retina mode, it will instead stream at the "looks like" resolution, such as 1920x1080 or 2560x1440.

Feature Windows macOS
Multi-monitor streaming
Virtual monitors
Access to logon screen
Compatible with Parsec Relay Server
Automatic app crash recovery
Programmatic silent installation
Privacy mode
Connect using Chromium based browsers (parsec.app)
Pen support
Link sharing
Team computers Only available via GUI, not CLI
H.265 streaming
Adjustable resolution Only adjustable from macOS settings
4:4:4 color mode
Audio streaming Parsec Audio Capture Driver required to stream audio
Gamepad support
HTTP(S) Proxy support