Did you ever stumble upon a great local co-op game and wanted to play it with your friends online? Well, you now can with Parsec! In this guide we will be going over how to use Parsec to play local co-op games online.
What is Parsec?
Parsec is a remote access software that can be used to access your computer from anywhere. What makes it different from other remote access software is that Parsec is specifically developed for games.
If you’ve ever tried to play games remotely before, you already know it’s a nightmare, from start to finish. It is usually a nightmare to set up, and once its all set up, the streaming quality really isn’t great. With a lot of input lag, and a lack of clarity, it’s impossible to play the game.
Thankfully, Parsec solves all these problems. It’s extremely easy to set up, and the clarity is fantastic. It also supports multiple input peripherals from different devices, so you’ll be able to play local co-op games online with your friends.
What makes Parsec even better is the operating system support. Apart from Windows and macOS, Parsec also supports Linux, WebOS, Android, and even Raspberry Pi 3.
Online vs. Local Co-Op
When it comes to co-op games there are two different types; online and local. Online co-op games are games that can be played with friends but on different devices through an internet connection. There are a lot of popular games which have online co-up, such as Elden Ring and Valheim, which are all available on Eneba.
Local co-op games refer to those games that support multiple players, but only on the same device. This means that if you want to play this game with someone, you’ll have to be in the same location just to play the game together. There are a lot of games which have only local co-op. It Takes Two and A Way Out are great examples. This is where Parsec comes in. With the help of Parsec, you will be able to play any local co-op game online.
How to use Parsec To Play Local Co-Op Games Online
As mentioned before, Parsec is the key to play local co-op games online. Parsec is used to stream your screen to other computers. It also allows you to connect multiple input devices, such as gamepads, from all computers.
Below you will find an step-by-step guide on how to use Parsec to play local co-op games online. We have made this guide as easy to follow as possible.
Step 1: Download Parsec and Create an Account
Downloading Parsec is as easy as it gets. All you have to do is visit the download page, choose your OS, and hit the download button. After downloading, install Parsec and choose your installation location.
Once Parsec is installed, the software will be opened and you will be prompted to log in. If you don’t have an account already, just click the Sign Up button to create an account. Creating a new account will only take a second, and you can start using Parsec in no time.
Step 2: Enable Hosting
If you’re going to be the one streaming the game/screen, you will need to enable hosting. To do this, all you have to do is go to settings from the menu on the left, and visit the Host tab. Once there, enable hosting by choosing the ‘Enabled’ option from the ‘Hosting Enabled’ dropdown menu.
Step 3: Add Friends (Optional)
As such, you will be able to host a streaming session to someone who isn’t on your friends list. But, having them on your friends list just makes the process a lot faster and easier. Adding friends can not be simpler. Just hit the Friends icon from the sidebar on the left and click the Add Friends option. Enter your friend name or id, and your friend will instantly receive a friend request.
Step 4: Host Your Game
Hosting to friends: Visit the Computers section by clicking on the Computer icon from the left sidebar, and you will be presented with the list of available computers to share or to connect. If none of your friends are sharing their computer, then you will only see your own computer in this section.
To share it, all you have to do is click the Share button. Once you hit the Share button, your friends will be able to see your computer and connect with it in the Computers section. To connect to your computer, just tell them to click on the Connect button and you will be asked by Parsec whether to accept or decline.
Hosting to people who are not friends: If you want to share your computer to someone who is not a friend, just click the Share button from the Computers section. Once you do this, you will be given a link, and you just need to pass this to the person who you want to connect. For them to join, they just need to paste this link in the text box at the bottom right, and click Join.