Steam's new app will let you stream games to your phone

Steam Link is Coming to Android and iOS Devices

Steam Link by Valve is a new app that lets you play Steam Games from an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, Apple TV) or Android devices through a host machine, Mac or PC. Rather than some kind of mundane Steam account verification or servicing function, these apps will allow Steam users enjoy games and movies on-the-go. Valve says that the app will support the Steam Controller, MFi controllers and more, and that it will be available to download the week of May 21st.

With Valve noting that Android access will initially be offered in a Beta state. Many might be unaware that Steam even has a video section, but you can buy a ton of different films on the digital service.

The Steam Link app will be releasing at some point before the end of the month. Though we won't be surprised to see specific games be disallowed from Steam Link. That's not bad, but it's not exactly as free as "Play Steam games on your phone" might imply.

The first app - which will launch on May 21, 2018 - will work in much the same way as the Steam Link box does now. You have to be connected via 5GHz WiFi or ethernet for this app to work.

Whether the Steam Link app makes the Steam Link device redundant depends on how you use the latter.

Valve's second Steam app is Steam Video and, as its name implies, allows you to stream your video library from Steam over both Wi-Fi and mobile data. Steam Link was not yet available on mobile devices. But the platform now doesn't have a large enough arsenal to compete with Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, and other digital media platforms.

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