Valve recently announced two new free apps – Steam Link and Steam Video. Steam Link is the more interesting of the two, as the app will reportedly allow gamers to experience their Steam games directly on their mobile devices.
Specifically, the app will stream any game from a user’s library directly to their Android or iOS device, provided the game is already installed on the PC. Valve also says that your devices will need to be connected to a 5GHz network, or a wired Ethernet for the host system.
The app seems to more or less work in the same way as NVIDIA’s GameStream technology. Unlike GameStream, Valve’s upcoming app won’t require users to purchase additional devices, such as NVIDIA’s Shield TV or Shield Tablet.
Valve has said that the Steam Link app will launch on 21 May 2018. The app will be downloadable via Google Play and the Apple App Store. Further, Valve says that the app will feature support for the Steam Controller, Made for iPhone (MFI) controllers, and more controllers over time.
The Steam Video app did not receive a tentative release date, but Valve mentioned that it intended to release the app sometime during the summer. The Steam Video app will allow users to stream or download their favourite movies and shows in their library directly to their mobile devices over WiFi or mobile network.