Steam Broadcasting Is Out Of Beta For All Users

by Mike Futter on Jan 20, 2015 at 10:35 AM

If you’ve been using the Steam beta client, you’ve had access to in-client broadcasting features since December. For those of you who prefer to use the more fully tested version of the Steam app, your time has come.

According to the latest update notes, Steam Broadcasting was moved over from the beta app to the full release version. Every game in your library is available for streaming, and you can also view your friends while they are gaming.

There are privacy settings, of course. If you don’t want anyone to peek over your shoulder, you can set things up so you have to invite people in.

Right now, Steam Broadcasting falls a little short when compared to other options as there are no archives. You won’t be able to return to a stream and watch it on demand later. If that’s important to you, Twitch and other services do offer that.

For more on Steam Broadcasting, you can check out the frequently asked questions document.

[Source: Steam]


Our Take
For those just hoping to share their play casually with friends, Steam Broadcasting seems like a great option. It also appears much easier to configure than some third-party clients. If Valve ever opts for archiving, it could strike a blow at the big players in the market.