Steam Now Lets You Stream Games From Anywhere

Steam Now Lets You Stream Games From Anywhere

In the same press release introducing Steam Link Anywhere, Valve said it will make more announcements at next week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, specifically around new Steam Networking Sockets APIs that should make developing lag-free online play even easier for Steam developers. Now, with Steam Link Anywhere, it will work outside the home as well. Their "Steam Link" streaming boxes can hook up to various displays (such as your living room TV) to grant you access to your entire Steam library from the comfort of your couch. It's compatible with both the Steam Link hardware and app, and will be rolled out automatically (and freely) to everyone who owns the hardware with beta firmware installed, the Android app beta, or the Raspberry Pi app.

Steam Link is available to download on the Google Play Store, except for the iOS App Store.

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Steam Link Anywhere faces the same infrastructure limitations as other streaming game services-you won't get anywhere without a fast, firm network connection-but if Valve can get the performance to a reasonably good level without requiring network speeds that 95 percent of the world doesn't have access to yet, it could be a very exciting step forward. You can also connect a controller to your phone if you need more precise inputs for more demanding games - like a racer or Dark Souls or something.

This service is an extension of Steam Link, which allows users to stream games from their desktop PC to a compatible device over an Internet connection. For Android users you need to be on the beta version that is from March of this year. You'll be given a four digit code to pair the two devices, and Steam will then run a bandwidth test, starting at 5mbps and going all the way up to 100mbps.

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