https://i.imgur.com/bEwafiU.jpg
"The Steam Link app, slated to launch the week of May 21st, allows gamers to experience their Steam library of games on their Android (phone, tablet, TV) and iOS-based (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV) devices while connected via 5Ghz network or wired Ethernet to a host system (Mac or PC), with Android access initially offered in beta. The Steam Link App will feature support for the Steam Controller, MFI controllers, and more across both platforms."

It's a good thing when you can play your games in more places and soon we'll all be able to stream out Steam games to our phones and tablets. I have a crazy fast 5G wireless router and a wired PC and when that's streaming to the Steam Link on wifi in the living room it's a great streaming experience. Soon my iPhone 6S will be able to play my Steam games and i'll be able to use my Steam Controller to play them? If it works well that sounds honestly pretty awesome and sort of begs the question...

Is Valve Gonna Release A Linux Steam Handheld?

With the Nintendo Switch doing so well and Valve founder Gabe Newell recently saying that they admire what Nintendo does as a company with hardware and software I wonder how closely they are looking at making a competitor to the Switch? Steam now has a bunch of native Linux apps, great controller support and now the ability to stream games that are not on Linux over wifi.

STEAM HANDHELD CONFIRMED?

Hardly, but it's fun to dream.

Also, I have Apple TV I think now I don't need to have my Steam Link connected to my TV anymore. If the app is just as good this would free up an HDMI port and make everything a bit simpler. When the apps drop expect to hear a few things from me about them.

Oh and they are also releasing a Steam video app so you can stream all your movies on your phone or tablet. Not sure i'd buy a movie on Steam but it's pretty neat anyway.

https://store.steampowered.com/news/39998/

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/11/2018 at 08:53pm

“and now the ability to stream games that are not on Linux over WiFi”

What do you mean there? I’ve streamed plenty of non-Linux games over WiFi for years on the Link and in-home streaming before that.

But yeah this is solid news. Though I doubt they’d make it easier to play games on the handheld devices you already have if they plan on making a handheld themselves any time soon.

But as much as they’ve pushed the Link in sales (I bought a couple for five bucks a pop) and now this, they definitely want to make sure you can access your games easily. If they implement a way that you can play them over the Internet (like PS Now) and you aren’t tied down to your home network, you can play them anywhere.

I definitely look forward to trying this on my AppleTV. That device is getting more and more useful. I already can’t imagine TV without it.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/11/2018 at 11:10pm

> What do you mean there? I’ve streamed plenty of non-Linux games over WiFi for years on the Link and in-home streaming before that.

Yeah, that was a bit odd there. I meant that Valve started with Linux ports of games and then they add in home streaming. At least I think that was the ordering there. So now they have a pretty good ecosystem to support a handheld built, if they want.

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/12/2018 at 12:25am

Ah I see what you meant. The “now” was throwing me off.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/12/2018 at 01:01am

I wonder how they are going to allow you to use the Seam Controller on iOS? I thought it requires an attached USB dongle to your PC?

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/12/2018 at 03:00am

They seem to indicate that you can. Maybe the Steam Controller hardware can do MFI with a firmware update?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/12/2018 at 03:14am

Yeah or the Steam Controller is bluetooth and they have the drive in the iOS app.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/12/2018 at 01:28pm

Awesome. Thanks for sharing that.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Member wrote on 05/12/2018 at 05:05pm

Hmm. Given that it will work on the AppleTV, I will give it a try. If Bluetooth mode hasn’t made it out of beta for the steam controller, I wonder if my existing appletv game controller will work.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/12/2018 at 06:11pm

The Valve announcement said they were going to support MFI controllers!

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Member wrote on 05/12/2018 at 07:30pm

Dammit Jon, you made me look up MFI.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/12/2018 at 10:14pm

rage

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/25/2018 at 06:07am

And Steam Link app isn't coming to iOS.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/24/17392470/apple-rejects-valve-steam-link-app-store-ios-game-steaming

The walled garden of Apple rears it's head.

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/25/2018 at 03:43pm

Hmm... with a company like Valve I’m hoping they can make some progress here. Surely someone high up the flagpole at Apple would talk to Gabe about it and figure out exactly what’s going on.

I would love to know what business process they’re referring to. It should just be treated like a Remote Desktop app.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Member wrote on 05/25/2018 at 04:33pm

Maybe they think it will eat into game sales on the App Store?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/27/2018 at 03:31am

It should be like that but I think that Apple is thinking that Valve runs a huge app store and that those games can now be played which might mean some games you might not buy on iOS which is partly true as some games are on both systems. That said, Apple should allow it anyway.

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/27/2018 at 03:46am

It's hard to find any concrete info about this specific case but a theory is that the issue could have been that Apple doesn't allow any apps to be used to purchase digital content. Thus, you can't use the Amazon app to buy Kindle books, etc.

But according to some sources, Valve disabled the ability to buy games when using Steam Link on iOS and resubmitted it so maybe something will come of that?

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/27/2018 at 03:50am
Will_Ball   Game Mod   Member wrote on 06/22/2018 at 04:38pm

Another steam link sale. $2.50 right now + $7.99 for shipping. I ended up just ordering one instead of waiting for the ios app.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/22/2018 at 07:27pm

That’s a crazy deal. I wonder how much of a loss that is? Shipping is more than the price.

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