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Steam client could be making its way to iOS and Android devices

Valve is reportedly considering a mobile version of its popular game digital distribution client Steam.

The most popular PC digital distribution platform for games could see the light of day on mobile devices running iOS or Android OS.

According to a user who had the chance to chat with the head of Valve Corporation Gabe Newell, the company behind Steam is currently “… looking into the iOS/Android platform for possible expansions with Steam.” For gamers, this could open up more gaming options other than just app downloads from the Android or Apple store. Those familiar with Steam will know the huge potential of the client if it was expanded for mobile devices, including automatic game updates, cross-platform connectivity, friend lists and contacts, downloadable content, and possible mobile exclusive games from Valve and other third party game developers. It would be quite an achievement to one day be able to play games like Portal on the iPad 2 or Motorola Xoom.

A Steam platform designed for mobile platforms is definitely not out of the question, as Valve has recently been expanding the digital distribution system outside of its PC roots. The client was introduced to Mac OS X just less than a year ago and will be releasing for the PlayStation 3 simultaneously with Portal 2 later this year.

Back in January, Sony released the PlayStation App for iOS and Android users, which provide comparable functionalities to Steam including the ability to sync with PSN, receive gaming news, and view friend lists and statuses. This year could see more development for mobile platforms beyond just casual games as big name PC and console developers show what they can offer for high-end smartphones and tablets.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-03-29 (Update: 2012-05-26)