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Valve's New Steam Link App Will Let You Stream Games To Your Phone

by Jeff Marchiafava on May 09, 2018 at 04:08 PM

Today Valve announced a new app that allows Steam users to stream their game library to Android and iOS devices.

Steam Link is set to launch sometime during the week of May 21 on the App Store and Google Play, and will work with compatible phones, tablets, and TVs. Steam Link will require either a 5Ghz Wi-Fi network or wired ethernet connection to a Mac or PC running Steam. Steam Link also offers support for Steam controllers and Apple's MFI controllers, as well as other unnamed controllers.

Valve is also launching a Steam Video app later in the summer that will let Steam users watch their purchased movies and shows on Android and iOS devices, and includes streaming and offline viewing options.

[Source: Valve]

Our Take
Unless Valve is sitting on some revolutionary new streaming technology, input lag will probably make Steam Link impractical for most action-based games. I could see myself using it for turn-based strategy and sim games, however, if Valve figures out a good solution for touchscreen support. We'll have to wait until later in the month to see how Steam Link fares.