Steam Link Anywhere update allows you to stream games on any PC

16 March, 2019, 06:41 | Author: Patty Hardy
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Steam Networking Sockets APIs isn't as flashy (and that "flash" is definitely relative) but is aimed squarely at developers, and could be even more significant to Steam's fortunes given the pressure it's facing from the Epic Games Store: It enables developers to run their game traffic through Valve's own private gaming network, providing players "faster and more secure connections".

This means you can play your Steam games on a PC not tied to your network.

The feature is now in beta and requires a few caveats, but it's still really exciting. It will be an important year this time around as Valve tries to keep developers from handing exclusivity over to the Epic Games Store.

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The service is free to all who use Steam Link or the Steam Link app, and is now in beta. Go to the Steam Link computer settings and select "Other Computer". 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.

Valve's announcement of Steam Link Anywhere was pretty short and sweet. 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. You should be able to pick a game and then stream it to your Android device as if you were on the same network as your host PC.

The new addition is still in beta and requires a few extra steps such as downloading the most recent version of the software on your Android device and enabling the beta build of your PCs Steam client.

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