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Steam opens up registrations for Steam Cloud Play, but only for developers

Steam Cloud Play is the latest entrant in the cloud gaming market
Steam Cloud Play is the latest entrant in the cloud gaming market (image via Steam)
Steam has finally entered the cloud gaming arena with Steam Cloud Play. Unlike its competitor's offerings, Steam Cloud Play will only serve as a link between an existing platform and Steam. Developers can register for the service now, but it'll be a while before it is available to the general public.
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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.

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Anil Ganti
Anil Ganti - Senior Tech Writer - 681 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-05-28 (Update: 2020-09-30)