Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Industry | By Dora Warner

Stream your PC games from anywhere

Stream your PC games from anywhere

While Microsoft and Google are getting ready to duke it out over their cloud gaming services, Valve still has a foot in the market.

What Valve is doing with Steam Link Anywhere mirrors a lot of what's happening elsewhere in the industry. They might be throttling production of the handy Steam Link device, but the software lives on - and you can use that to stream games "from any computer running Steam".

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The feature is in beta for the moment and there are a few caveats to keep in mind, but this is a truly exciting update and helps illuminate just how powerful game streaming will be in the next few years. It's compatible with both the Steam Link hardware and app, and will be rolled out automatically (and freely) to everyone who owns the hardware with beta firmware installed, the Android app beta, or the Raspberry Pi app. It supports the Steam Controller over Bluetooth, as well as other Bluetooth controllers, mice, and keyboards.

Steam Link Anywhere was announced ahead of Valve's GDC 2019 talk.

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So, even though the Steam Link is gone, it seems Valve wasn't planning on letting Steam Link's functionality disappear too. It normally works by connecting a mobile device to a host computer via a local network. However, my T-Mobile data connection at home wasn't fast enough to actually play anything, but I was able to get connected. The app is still officially in beta, but you can try out the service by visiting the Steam Store. Initial compatibility with PCs running the Steam client software was expanded by the creation of a dedicated low-priced microconsole dubbed the Steam Link in 2015, pre-installation on selected smart TVs in 2016, and finally Android and iOS mobile devices in 2018.

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