Valve has announced it is bringing Steam In-Home Streaming to mobile devices, allowing games installed on a host PC to be played on an Android or iOS-based smartphone, tablet, set-top box, or smart TV.
Originally designed for streaming between a powerful gaming PC and a less-obtrusive living-room PC or the dedicated Steam Link receiver, Valve's Steam In-Home Streaming uses the same technology as cloud gaming minus the cloud: Games are executed on the host PC, then the resulting video and audio streamed to the remote device; inputs on the remote device are then streamed back to the host PC to control the game.
Later this month, Valve has announced, Steam In-Home Streaming is going to get considerably more accessible with the launch of a Steam Link application for Android and iOS smart devices. 'The Steam Link app [...] allows gamers to experience their Steam library of games on their Android (phone, tablet, TV) and iOS-based (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV) devices while connected via 5GHz network or wired Ethernet to a host system - Mac or PC,' Valve explains in the release announcement
Available in beta form for Android initially, the app supports the Steam Controller, Apple MFi certified controllers, and additional third-party controllers on both platforms. The software will also be followed, Valve has promised, by Steam Video, which provides access to Steam's library of video content over Wi-Fi or mobile connectivity in streamed and offline modes.
Steam Link is due to launch in the week of May 21st, with Steam Video to follow later in the summer.
February 19 2021 | 17:15