Valve releases Steam Link Anywhere for PC


Valve's Steam Link hardware might be dead, but Steam Link as a service is getting a pretty major upgrade.

Less glamorous than cross-network gameplay, the boring-sounding news about the addition of new APIs to the Steamworks SDK is actually quite notable: The extensions give developers access to Steam's network backbone and packet management skills - honed via its DOTA 2 and Counterstrike: Global Offensive experience - for multiplayer games. The service works with Android, Raspberry Pi, and the discontinued Steam Link box. Of course, people will need high upload speeds from their PCs and strong network connections to their Steam Link devices to take advantage, Valve said.

Game streaming is becoming more and more popular as time goes on. It supports the Steam Controller over Bluetooth, as well as other Bluetooth controllers, mice, and keyboards.

You can check out more details about Steam Link Anywhere here. You can do this at the computer itself or you can use a remote desktop app to do it from wherever you might be.

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

So, even though the Steam Link is gone, it seems Valve wasn't planning on letting Steam Link's functionality disappear too.

Now, you should be able to connect to your PC that hosts your Steam library through your Android app.

Click below to grab the Steam Link app for your Android device. It normally works by connecting a mobile device to a host computer via a local network.

You'll need to be in the beta branch of Steam to get the update, but you can find instructions on how to enable that here. Regardless, this is an exciting development from Valve that represents just how powerful gaming will be on the 5G networks of the future, with fast speeds and low latencies.

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