Steam now lets you stream anywhere in the world

Mar 17, 2019, 00:58
Steam now lets you stream anywhere in the world

Called Steam Link Anywhere, the new functionality allows you to play your library of Steam games on a client device connected to any network. Now, Steam Link Anywhere allows you to stream games, you guessed it, anywhere. Sort of? Today, Valve announced the Steam Link Anywhere service, the next logical extension of the streaming features it's been working on the past few years.

The service is free to all who use Steam Link or the Steam Link app, and is now in beta. I confirmed that I could stream from my gaming PC to my mobile phone using mobile data. Follow the pairing instructions on screen.

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Valve's announcement of Steam Link Anywhere was pretty short and sweet. Previously, the device needed to be on the same wi-fi or hard-wired network as the computer being streamed from to work. That opens up the possibilities for streaming PC-quality games to just about any device from anywhere a good connection can be found.

There's still no word from Valve regarding when the cross-platform wide-area game streaming feature will land in a form that isn't beta but that shouldn't come as too much of a surprise.

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Part of this is better development tools, but more importantly, Valve are letting developers route network traffic through Steam's own infrastructure now. Obviously, you'll need a good connection on both devices to make it worthwhile. Google specifically has teased that it will unveil "the future of gaming" at the conference - expected to be a cloud-based game streaming service. Then Valve released the Steam Link, which expedited the process by hooking directly to your TV.

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