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Own a shiny new PlayStation 5 and want to stream games from it to your desktop or laptop? Or perhaps you're clinging onto your PlayStation 4 and want to do the same? Chiaki is here to help.

Linux gaming? Not quite but it's another brilliant FOSS application that can enable you to do whatever you want, with what you already own. I've used Chiaki occasionally with my own PlayStation 4 to stream it to my Linux desktop and for the most part, it actually works surprisingly well depending on the network setup.

The big Chiaki 2.0.0 update went out and pulls in some big features on top of PlayStation 5 support being new, here's some of the big features:

  • PS5 Remote Play Support
  • Add Nintendo Switch Borealis GUI
  • FFMPEG in builds updated to 4.3.1
  • Add Video Profile Auto Downgrade when 1080p is selected for PS4
  • Add correct Bitrate for 1080p
  • Relicense under AGPL v3 only + OpenSSL
  • Connect all available controllers in GUI
  • Add Double Click for Fullscreen in GUI
  • Add Audio Device Selection to GUI
  • Add Congestion Control
  • Add Raspberry Pi Decoder
  • Add Text Input Support to Library
  • Improve GUI CLI for streaming
  • Add Sleep Mode Trigger
  • Add generic Hardware Decoder Selection to GUI

There's also a good few bug fixes included as well of course. Great to see Chiaki continue to evolve, another case of a few doing what a big company will not.

Chiaki itself has also moved. The developer is no longer using GitHub, and is instead now providing everything up on their own sourcehut - which you can now find here.

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3zekiel 29 Dec, 2020
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Whoa that's a good news. When I can find a PS5 in store, I can use it to replace my PS4 pro then (I use it mostly in remote mode). Now, I just wish Sony would add 1440p support ... And with streaming of course, 1080p limit on ps4pro streaming is a bit of a pain (PS4 limit, not chiaki).
Now if we can stream in 4k, maybe can just stream in 4k and downscale at arrival too.

Also houray for dropping github. Now that it is in Evil's hands, I prefer to avoid having to use it ...


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Arehandoro 29 Dec, 2020
Quoting: HoriNice!
Quoting: 3zekielAlso houray for dropping github. Now that it is in Evil's hands, I prefer to avoid having to use it ...

But why was GitHub all good and nice and suddenly bad and evil overnight just because it is owned by another company?

Hating something just because it is owned by Microsoft is not very reasonable. And to go even further I find it to be very similar to racism except it's directed at companies instead of "races".

Personally I judge every thing individually, like Windows which I think it's a sh***y OS, and GitHub which I think is still a very good and nice platform (and only got better TBH since they had access to MS funds).
And there's many other good, and bad, products from Microsoft. Just as there are from any other company.

And just as the companies we dislike (e.g. Microsoft) can make good products, also companies that we like (e.g. Valve, Canonical, etc) can make bad products. Judging things based on who made them is *very* inaccurate - kind of like judging a book based on its cover. Sure it might give an initial impression and set some expectations (especially the latter) but that's just about it - which is not much.

While I generally agree with you, I own a portable the mouse/keyboard from Microsoft and use other MS products, I think history tells us that MS is not friendly towards us (The Linux community). Things seem to have changed in recent years, but faith and trust has yet to be recovered, they actually need to gain it, from previous attacks and harm it was caused.

GitHub is a good product, but it isn't FOSS, and it's already too big as well. Having so many FOSS projects, and so much code, in MS hands makes me weary. Honestly, I think FOSS community should relay less on that kind of companies/tools that aren't necessarily open. For example, they could have their repos in places like sourcehut (the ui is horrible btw) or, one that I really like, codeberg.org
3zekiel 29 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: HoriNice!
I used Steam Remote Play quite a lot with Steam Link and I enjoyed it very much. For me it was one of the strong points of Steam.
It will definetely come in helpful when I will eventually join the console gaming peasantry (just joking, no offence intended)... once the scalping overlords deem that they made enough well-deserved and hard-worked-for profits and through their endless generosity deem me worthy enough to bestow upon me the privilege of being able to buy a PS5 at MSRP from a real store.

But a PC is still the priority for me. PS5 is just secondary

Quoting: 3zekielAlso houray for dropping github. Now that it is in Evil's hands, I prefer to avoid having to use it ...

But why was GitHub all good and nice and suddenly bad and evil overnight just because it is owned by another company?

Hating something just because it is owned by Microsoft is not very reasonable. And to go even further I find it to be very similar to racism except it's directed at companies instead of "races".

Personally I judge every thing individually, like Windows which I think it's a sh***y OS, and GitHub which I think is still a very good and nice platform (and only got better TBH since they had access to MS funds).
And there's many other good, and bad, products from Microsoft. Just as there are from any other company.

And just as the companies we dislike (e.g. Microsoft) can make good products, also companies that we like (e.g. Valve, Canonical, etc) can make bad products. Judging things based on who made them is *very* inaccurate - kind of like judging a book based on its cover. Sure it might give an initial impression and set some expectations (especially the latter) but that's just about it - which is not much.

Sentence was kinda made to be exaggerated ;p
However, you have to remember that Microsoft is a specialist of EEE (Embrace Extend Extinguish) strategy, so avoiding them and having back up plans still makes a lot of sense.
Honestly, I was not so fond of github before either, being an American company and all. Those companies tend to not respect even the bare minimum in term of data privacy, and Microsoft (and their track record concerning that) acquiring them just made my worries that much worst. Boycotting thoses companies as much as possible is a good way to show disapproval to the way our data is handled.
I much prefer that open source projects use self hosted git, or smthg hosted in Europe by a European/Swiss company which are under much more privacy minded jurisdiction. Same reason that I use Qwant as a search engine.

I still use Steam because not much better choices, and since I do pay for it, I tend to think they are probably nicer in that respect ...

Now of course, even a broken clock gives the right time twice a day, and Microsoft can have good products, but I still am overly wary of them.
ShinyaOsen 29 Dec, 2020
Wish they would add ps3 support because sonys program doesnt work on windows let alone wine but id imaging that would be to much of a hassle for little reward
3zekiel 29 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: ShinyaOsenWish they would add ps3 support because sonys program doesnt work on windows let alone wine but id imaging that would be to much of a hassle for little reward

For PS3 I don't remember that there were much games running with remote play? But it would be a nice feature yes.

Otherwise, if your PC is powerful enough, I recommend rpcs3 emulator, it works quite well for me.
ShinyaOsen 29 Dec, 2020
Quoting: 3zekielOtherwise, if your PC is powerful enough, I recommend rpcs3 emulator, it works quite well for me.

RPCS3 was the reason i got a PS3 played some games and really liked them but preformance was poor with somegames (about Version 0.0.6-7830) at the time and getting games was hard and games i wanted to play didnt work so i bought a ps3 because it was easier. Best thing that happened was when i was buying games from gamestop's website and the system bugged and had to only pay $0.24 i still dont know how this happened


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whizse 29 Dec, 2020
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Quoting: ShinyaOsenWish they would add ps3 support because sonys program doesnt work on windows let alone wine but id imaging that would be to much of a hassle for little reward
Perhaps you've already seen this, but there does seem to be an implementation of the PS3 streaming protocol available. Adding it to Chiaki might be a fun project for someone?

https://github.com/thestr4ng3r/chiaki/issues/162
BielFPs 30 Dec, 2020
Does it work with PS4 and no internet? (using only local connection)

A friend of mine want to use his old notebook as a monitor for his ps4, and this program could help him.
Bumadar 30 Dec, 2020
Quoting: BielFPsDoes it work with PS4 and no internet? (using only local connection)

A friend of mine want to use his old notebook as a monitor for his ps4, and this program could help him.

It only needs a local network, so ps4 and pc need to be able to find each other.
Your linux firewall might be an issue (it is on my tumbleweed install).
Purple Library Guy 30 Dec, 2020
Quoting: HoriHating something just because it is owned by Microsoft is not very reasonable. And to go even further I find it to be very similar to racism except it's directed at companies instead of "races".
No. This is fundamentally wrong on a stack of levels, and indeed a somewhat offensive accusation.

First: Corporations are not persons, whatever their people may have managed to shoehorn into our legal systems. They are not the kind of entities that can bear rights, let alone equal ones. There is nothing wrong with hating them or being prejudiced against them either as a whole category or one by one. It isn't like racism any more than hating Harlequin Romances, or some particular Harlequin Romance, is like racism. People get equal rights, people should not be discriminated against on various bases, corporations do. not. count.

Second: Corporations are led by individual people and have different institutional cultures. It is possible to assess both the individual leaders and tendencies in the institutional cultures. So when it comes to deciding to hate a company, it is much more like deciding to hate an individual; you may hate a company because you assess its leaders as evil people, or you may hate a company because it seems to consistently do lousy things due to general policies and approaches, even if various different people are involved.

Third: Corporations are entities which have in common an objective to suck profits out of the world for their shareholders and top executives while giving as little as possible in return, whether to customers, employees or the countries they are embedded in. There is some wiggle room for style, but if they are publicly traded and large that wiggle room is small--to the extent that a corporation could be said to have a "personality", all of them almost inevitably have a psychopathic one. Technically, corporations can't be "evil", or even "amoral", because that kind of category just doesn't really apply to a legal fiction any more than "rights" or "racism". But to the extent that a corporation's actions can be mapped to anything "likeable" or "hateable", any given one is far more likely to be worthy of hate than liking. Disallowing negative references to things dedicated to institutionalized psychopathy is a bad idea.

Fourth: Microsoft in specific is in my opinion probably not that much more hateworthy than an average giant corporation . . . right now. But it is still maintaining a monopoly, which is inherently a bad thing. And anyone who knows Microsoft's history at all well is aware that it certainly used to be about as evil as they come. In the old days, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer did masses of things that were treacherous, probably illegal, and very bad for technology all at the same time, in order to gain and maintain their monopoly on desktop computing and office suites and try for the browser. Some argue that Bill has changed, but in those days he was an evil man. And they spread a vile institutional culture through the company, such that you could pretty much count on Microsoft's actions to be sneaky, underhanded, aggressive, and calculated to enhance their monopoly by damaging computing and consumers. Microsoft was about as evil as it is possible for a corporation to be without actually promoting infant mortality (like Nestle with baby formula in the Third World). So I think for those of us who have been around long enough to remember, you should cut us some slack for being slow to forgive. And if you're too young to remember and/or don't know much about their shenanigans from back then, you should just bloody well trust those of us who do know. It's not like they've ever done anything much to make up for those days.
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