Steam Link Anywhere lets you stream games from any location


Valve has announced that its Steam Link Anywhere software is in the open beta test phase on Android, Raspberry Pi and Steam Link devices.

As a replacement for the original Steam Link hardware that Valve killed at the end of last year, Steam Link Anywhere lets you stream any game from your Steam library to any of the above-mentioned devices you have chosen. Do not forget that you will need a sufficiently powerful internet signal for the home PC and the device on which you stream continuously for the entire configuration to work.

Before Valve removed it at the end of last year, Steam Link was the best way to stream your game library from your computer to your living room. The disadvantage, however, was that the link only worked on your home network.

Steam Link Anywhere promises a more versatile experience that you can take with you … well, anywhere, and not requiring additional hardware.

The future of streaming in play

What Valve does with Steam Link Anywhere largely reflects what is happening elsewhere in the industry. Sony's PlayStation Now software broadcasts a library of Sony's server games on the PS4 and PC, while Microsoft launches its upcoming xCloud software that will run games on iOS, Android and, rumor has it, even on Nintendo Switch.

The difference between these services is that PlayStation Now and probably xCloud will stream games you do not own via a subscription service model, while Valve simply makes your own games available for free – a model that will appeal to more cost-conscious players and those of us with already very large Steam libraries.

In the same press release featuring Steam Link Anywhere, Mr. Valve announced that he would be making other announcements at the San Francisco Gaming Developer Conference next week, especially around the new Steam Networking APIs. Sockets that should further facilitate the development of online games without lag.

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