Steam Now Lets You Stream Games From Anywhere

Joanna Estrada
March 15, 2019

Less glamorous than cross-network gameplay, the boring-sounding news about the addition of new APIs to the Steamworks SDK is actually quite notable: The extensions give developers access to Steam's network backbone and packet management skills - honed via its DOTA 2 and Counterstrike: Global Offensive experience - for multiplayer games.

The feature is now in beta and requires a few caveats, but it's still really exciting. It should be added that iOS users are now out of luck, as Apple keep rejecting Valve's attempts to get the app on the App Store. Now, Steam Link Anywhere allows you to stream games, you guessed it, anywhere. Sony's PlayStation Now software streams a library of games from Sony's server to the PS4 and PC, while Microsoft has been hyping its upcoming xCloud software that will stream games to iOS, Android and, according to some rumors, even Nintendo Switch.

What Valve is doing with Steam Link Anywhere mirrors a lot of what's happening elsewhere in the industry.

The extended Steam Link service (now called Steam Link Anywhere) is currently in early beta, but accessible to all.

The update is set to hit Steam Link hardware and apps today, though it'll require users to opt into a beta build dated March 13 or later.

Valve's Steam Link hardware might be dead, but Steam Link as a service is getting a pretty major upgrade. Obviously, you'll need a good connection on both devices to make it worthwhile.

Steam Link Anywhere is an update for the dongle which allows it to stream games from any PC. However, my T-Mobile data connection at home wasn't fast enough to actually play anything, but I was able to get connected. Regardless, this is an exciting development from Valve that represents just how powerful gaming will be on the 5G networks of the future, with fast speeds and low latencies.

The platform is compatible with the Steam Link and any device running the Steam Link application.

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