Steam Now Lets You Stream Games From Anywhere

Valve extend Steam Link out of the home and networking API to all developers

Valve's Steam Link hardware might be dead, but Steam Link as a service is getting a pretty major upgrade. You'll be given a four digit code to pair the two devices, and Steam will then run a bandwidth test, starting at 5mbps and going all the way up to 100mbps.

Now, just ahead of GDC next week, Valve has announced "Steam Link Anywhere", which will allow you to stream your PC games, well, anywhere. Their "Steam Link" streaming boxes can hook up to various displays (such as your living room TV) to grant you access to your entire Steam library from the comfort of your couch. 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". Steam Link Anywhere is a new service and it greatly expands upon the previous functionality of Steam Link for Android. Go to the Steam Link computer settings and select "Other Computer".




Steam Link Anywhere promises a more versatile experience, one that you can take with you. well, anywhere, and doesn't require additional hardware. It normally works by connecting a mobile device to a host computer via a local network. For Android users you need to be on the beta version that is from March of this year.

Traditionally, the SteamLink app only allowed you to remotely play on your Android device as long as it was on the same network as your PC. Valve explain the system here, and among the perks for developers are anonymized network traffic (protecting servers and clients from DDOS attacks) and potentially lower pings through Valve's networks.

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