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Steam Link beta has landed on Google Play

Steam Link beta has landed on Google Play

The app is free, and you can download it now at Google Play to give it a spin.

As we reported a week ago, Valve is releasing an app for Android and iOS that allows users to stream games from their Steam library to other devices. But how exactly does this work and how can you play your PC games from your couch on a smaller device? The Steam Link app detects computers running stream and can sync controllers. That means my dream of playing GTA5 on my phone during my morning train commute isn't possible, which limits the scope of what the Steam Link app can do.

On the Apple side, we support any iOS device running iOS 10 or newer, and any Apple TV running tvOS 10.3 or newer.

You'll also want to use a Bluetooth controller for the most part: touch input is recognized, but it's not ideal, and most games don't support it for actual gameplay (even if it works in menus and such).




Valve released its beta for the Steam Link application, its streaming platform, on Android devices last Thursday, May 17.

Steam Link originally launched in 2015 as a hardware peripheral that could stream Steam content from a PC to a TV set wirelessly. A phone must be connected through a 5Ghz Wi-Fi network and the host PC needs to be connected directly to a router using an ethernet cable. Thankfully, the Steam Link app has built in support for the Steam Controller, but support is otherwise inconsistent.

Steam Link now supports Android 5.0 and above and features support for the Steam Controller and other Bluetooth input devices. Not all options can easily hook up to Android and iOS devices, and one keyboard I regularly use with my iPad wasn't recognized by the Steam Link app at all.