Steam Update Lets You Stream Games From Anywhere

Steam Link gets more links.


Valve has announced two more service features for Steam, just ahead of GDC. The major one for users is Steam Link Anywhere, which extends the Steam Link functionality to act more akin to a streaming anywhere service. Meanwhile, a sockets API makes it easier for developers to offer secure connections.

According to the announcement, Steam Link Anywhere is now in early beta and accessible to anyone with beta firmware, or using the Android Steam Link beta app or Raspberry Pi Steam Link app. You'll have to opt into the Steam client beta with the date of March 13 or newer, and then you can connect to any computer by selecting "Other Computer" from the search. This will let you connect and play your games from anywhere without a local network, but it's limited to users with a high PC upload speed and a strong connection to your Steam Link device.

The sockets API is an infrastructure tool for developers to give their players faster and secure connections, using the same tech as Valve did for CS:GO and Dota 2. Both features will be outlined more extensively at Valve's Steam Platform Update talk at GDC, which will take place on Thursday, March 21 at 12:45 PM PT.

While the Steam Link app is still going strong, Valve discontinued the Steam Link hardware as it allowed its existing stock to be depleted. At the time Valve said it intended to continue supporting the hardware, as well as the software versions of Steam Link.

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