Steam game streaming is coming to smartphones

Steam has over 150 million registered accounts. (Source: SiliconANGLE)
Steam has over 150 million registered accounts. (Source: SiliconANGLE)
A press release from Valve has revealed that the company intends to release two new apps, one of which will allow gamers access to their Steam media libraries on smartphones. The Steam Link app is expected to be released in the week starting May 21. The second app, Steam Video, will offer movie and television content.
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Valve Corporation has issued a press release in regard to two new apps the video-game company has been developing for the software-distribution platform Steam. The first app, Steam Link, will allow access to the Steam game library via smartphone. Android or iOS-based devices connected to a 5 GHz network or wired Ethernet will be able to link up with a host PC or Mac and transfer game content. The app also supports using a Steam Controller or MFI Controller, which would basically turn a smartphone into a mini-console.

The second app announced in the Valve press release is called Steam Video. This app will allow users to stream movies or shows from Steam onto their smartphone. The service will be offered through Wi-Fi or LTE and will allow content availability in online or offline modes. No additional hardware will be required to utilize the new apps, unlike the Steam Link device that was once necessary for streaming content to a television (with exceptions).

The Steam Link app is expected to launch in the week starting May 21, whilst the Steam Video app has been slated for release sometime in summer.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-05- 9 (Update: 2020-09-30)
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.