You Can Stream PC Games To Your Phone Through Steam Now

You Can Stream PC Games To Your Phone Through Steam Now

You Can Stream PC Games To Your Phone Through Steam Now

Today, Valve dropped a surprise update for the Steam Link app. To install it you go into the settings of the app and change the setting within the "Beta Participation" menu item to "Steam Beta Update".

The difference between these services is that PlayStation Now and, presumably, xCloud, will be streaming games you don't own via a subscription service model whereas Valve is simply making your own games available to you for free - a model that will appeal to more cost-sensitive gamers and those of us with already-massive Steam libraries. This will let you connect and play your games from anywhere without a local network, but it's limited to users with a high PC upload speed and a strong connection to your Steam Link device.

Valve is launching the Steam Link Anywhere feature, which allows you to stream games away from home.

Update: Dec. 20, 2018 - Valve is no longer selling the Steam Link hardware, but it will continue to update and support the Steam Link app going forward.

The service is free to all who use Steam Link or the Steam Link app, and is now in beta. Don't expect to go improving your DMC5 scores when playing from the other end of the country, but at least you'll be able to sneak in a lunch break round of Civ via your under-powered work tablet. Part of this is better development tools, but more importantly, Valve are letting developers route network traffic through Steam's own infrastructure now. 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.

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