Steam opens up registrations for Steam Cloud Play, but only for developers
Over the past few years, we've seen a deluge of cloud-based game streaming services make their way to the market. We now have GeForce Now, Google Stadia, Microsoft Project xCloud, PlayStation Now, and a host of smaller players. However, one industry bigwig is missing from that list; Steam.
The Bellvue-based gaming giant has now opened up its cloud gaming service called Steam Cloud Play, but only to developers. There is one very significant difference between Steam Cloud Play and other market alternatives. Unlike the rest, Steam Cloud Play will merely act as an interconnect between Steam and other cloud gaming services. Only GeForce Now is supported now, but Steam promises that support for others will come soon.
Steam already has billions of users, and about 30,000 games. It can easily lay back and rely on Nvidia's hardware to do all the heavy lifting; while its client works as a glorified Steam Link. It is still somewhat of a win-win situation for the end-user, though. This arrangement will allow users to play Steam games on a cloud gaming service that does not have it. Steam Cloud Play does not have a release date, and it probably won't for a while because the service is still in the early stages of development.