Steam Games Will Soon Be Playable On Your Phone With Steam Link App

Your Steam library will be accessible on more than just your computer.

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Steam is primarily intended as a means for downloading and playing games on a computer, but Valve has extended that further over the years--Steam Link allows you to stream games to a TV over your local network. Valve is now taking that concept one step further by ditching the hardware and bringing the games to your mobile device.

Valve has announced plans to launch two new apps in the near future that will make your Steam library even more valuable. An app version of Steam Link launches the week of May 21 and allows you to stream games to Android and iOS devices. On the Android side, that includes phones, tablets, and TVs, while supported iOS devices include iPhones, iPads, and even Apple TVs.

A beta will offer only Android support at first, and your device will have to be connected to the local network through either a 5Ghz wireless or wired Ethernet connection. You'll be able to use the Steam Controller, MFI controllers, and other devices to play.

The Steam Link app will be followed "later this summer" by a Steam Video app. This will allow you to watch the movies and shows sold by Steam (yes, Steam sells those--and productivity software--too) on the aforementioned devices. As latency is much less of a concern, you'll be able to stream video over Wi-Fi or LTE. Valve says it will also support offline playback.

It remains to be seen how well these apps will work, but if they're up to snuff, it could turn out to be a very nice perk for those who already use Steam.

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Valve (Gabe) you should've thought of this idea years ago. PC Master Race FTW

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And yet it is shackled by DRM.

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Oh great. more Steam DRM takeover.

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Wow, a game other than Ingress is actually releasing on Android first

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What's MFI devices? If it doesn't work with the "smartdevice's" freaking TOUCHSCREEN (for games that don't need anything but a mouse on PC, at least), then it's pretty much useless.

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@Ripper_TV: it's MFi and it's a BS Apple licencing program for their line of devices iphone, pod and pad. the M and F stand for Made For, and the i represents their i product line. it dose not mean non MFi devices don't work. it just means MFi certified devices will be compatible with iPhone and iPad, no guessing.

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Does PS4 controller pair with iPad?

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It remains to be seen how well these apps will work, but if they're up to snuff, it could turn out to be a very nice perk for those who already use Steam.

i guess for a benchmark try sony remote play that also is on phones/ tablets and pc

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I remember when i asked for these PC games on console, i was told our systems can't handle the games. Now it ends up you can play them on your damn phone lol. Guess i was lied too, again, by the PC Master Race.

Anyhow, being Xbox has a problem needing games, but have a system that could certainly play PC games, i can't see why Phil and Gabe can't come to an agreement, and provided a Steam app for Xboxers.

After all, they're using our Win program as their main platform. Make it happen, Phil.

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@jagdedge124: Actually, the games aren't RUNNING ON your phone, they are STREAMING TO your phone. Very big difference. Your phone or device is just a window you look through, that allows you to send commands to what you are watching. Just like Sony's remote play.

So you're good, you weren't lied to.

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@SaberStrike: LOL That person actually believed he could play PC games on a phone!?! LOL, Ignorance is bliss.

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I wonder if this applies only to mobile games, or complex hardcore games that could be played with touch controls, like the patient but punishing Xcom series, were combat is turn based (no time limit) and you click to send your squad to able directions.

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Whats going on these days? Is gamespot just republishing the same articles constantly? Things that I read hours, even days ago are getting pushed back to the top of recent's.

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@UltimateBastard: It's May, so there trying to get everything ready for E3 2018 and since this is the month of May before June, expect slow gaming news until E3 2018 starts.

I'm not even all that surprise GS is just gonna be republishing articles for the remainder of May.

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WOW! That's fkn excellent.

Civ6 and They Are Billions on my phone? I may go blind, but I'm in. ;)

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If it helps me buy my games on the go when I'm not on my PC, then I'll take whatever help I can get.

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Well this sounds pretty sweet.

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I can only speak from personal experience using PS4 remote play to hit back at the lag naysayers below. I left my PS4 on standby recently connected to my home wifi went a couple of miles down the road to my friends house. I connected to their wifi using my Xperia Z5 phone and loaded the remote play app and connected my PS4 controller to my phone. Took a minute for my phone to turn on my PS4 and find it. We played Monster Hunter World online together my friend used his PS4/TV while I streamed my PS4 to my phone. Surprisingly there was zero lag and almost no delay on my controller inputs. Looking at the TV from my friends perspective there didn't seem to be any time delay... Considering Monster Hunter World is a game all about quick movement I hope this example proves how good streaming can be. And yes we beat Nergigante without dying.

Now this was running off an 20 mbps connection at home and my friend had a similar connection around 24 mbps. Upload speed around 10mps.

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@gamingdevil800: That sounds pretty awesome. Actually makes me long for the good old days of LAN parties without the need for constant internet connectivity.

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@lionheartssj1: Just make sure you get a PS4 controller clamp/clip to hold your phone in place. I haven't tested it but I might be able to cast it to a TV too from my phone not sure if that would cause it to lag or not though.

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It sounds like an impractical gimmick if you ask me. I would rather carry a handheld or play games that are actually made for phones than attempt to stream a game that was meant to be played using KB/M to my smartphone which only has 3 physical buttons on it for power and volume.

This will end about as well as Steam Machines, I reckon. Just another of Valve's ideas which sounds like a good idea on paper, but is far less useful in practice, and requires game developers to design their games with the feature in mind for it to be even semi-viable, meanwhile they don't even want to patch their own games to make optimal use of the feature.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: an impractical gimmick sony has done with the ps4 already and has had for many years now ....i call it jumping on the bandwagon

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@Flyin3lvl: Same on the Xbox app in Win10... which streams from an XO (or now XOX) also running Win10. Agreed re: bandwagon, since it's a proven good idea.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: totally agree.

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@Blk_Mage_Ctype: They make wireless Bluetooth KBM for Android and iOS. I have both mid-size and micro-sized of each, and they work great. My 360 controller via a wierd dongle works too.

Streaming over LAN already works great, even at 1080p. The phone's power is the only question now.

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That's awesome. This makes stuff like Rainway seem completely redundant now.

This will be perfect for cheap Android boxes, connected via Ethernet in particular. I would love to see the app come to other consoles as well, but I somehow doubt it.

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@Mraou: having the steam app on consoles would be a game changer. So much so that I can’t see Microsoft or Sony allowing it to happen. I’d buy the ps5 just to play exclusives plus my pc games with ease. I can’t see it happening though.

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Edited By Xristophoros

never mind the performance issues and lag that is going to occur from the streaming process, but people are not going to carry external controllers around with them in their pockets... gaming on mobile is a lost cause with a few exceptions.

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@Xristophoros: I only see it as being useful for connecting to different wifi's outside your home then streaming your PC to your phone. e.g. on holidays or visiting someones home. Not sure how good it will be compared to PS4 remote play though.

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Stardew Valley on my cell phone? Yes please.

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@pongman75: and Darkest Dungeon on Android!

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