Steam is bringing their game streaming to Android

Donna Miller
March 16, 2019

Valve's Steam Link hardware might be dead, but Steam Link as a service is getting a pretty major upgrade. So long as you've got sufficient bandwidth on your home computer and a decent internet connection on the receiving device, you can play anything, anywhere now.

This means you can play your Steam games on a PC not tied to your network. 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". That's because Apple has already rejected Steams attempts to get the Steam Link app into the App Store, saying that it represents "business conflicts" presumably because Apple is anxious about people playing PC games rather than those from the App Store.

Valve's announcement of Steam Link Anywhere was pretty short and sweet. Your Steam Client also needs to be on the latest beta build, which will be dated March 13 or newer.

Android Q Beta First Look!
Instead of releasing the first beta only for developers, Google is letting anyone sign up and install the beta . Yes, Google has extended the support for the good old smartphone after hearing feedback from many users.

It goes without saying that the most crucial requirement for Steam Link Anywhere is a solid network connection. The app is now in "early beta", with availability on Android and the Raspberry Pi- those who did buy Steam Link hardware will also get access to this functionality. Don't expect to go improving your DMC5 scores when playing from the other end of the country, but at least you'll be able to sneak in a lunch break round of Civ via your under-powered work tablet.

So, even though the Steam Link is gone, it seems Valve wasn't planning on letting Steam Link's functionality disappear too. In any case, we'll keep you posted, so stay tuned.

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