Valve brings back game streaming with Steam Link Anywhere


You'll also need to be enrolled in the Steam client beta, and have the latest version installed.

Now, Valve is improving the Steam Link concept significantly with "Steam Link Anywhere", a program that will let you access your Steam titles from a wider variety of devices. With the beta, that restriction is lifted, though Valve notes that both a high upload speed from the host computer and a strong network connection for Steam Link Anywhere to be functional.

Today, Valve dropped a surprise update for the Steam Link app. To jump in on the mobile action Steam have announced their Steam Link Anywhere and have a supporting Android app ready.

The difference between these services is that PlayStation Now and, presumably, xCloud, will be streaming games you don't own via a subscription service model whereas Valve is simply making your own games available to you for free - a model that will appeal to more cost-sensitive gamers and those of us with already-massive Steam libraries.

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Steam Link Anywhere is still in its beta stage, but it should provide gamers with relatively decent streaming experience.

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

As it is, Steam Link users can stream their PC games over the same network their host machine is connected to, but as the name suggests, Steam Link Anywhere allows them to stream their games to devices on different networks. 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.