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MacRumors
Jan 26, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Valve, the company behind the popular gaming platform Steam, has released (http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2504573) a new companion app for iPhone called Steam Mobile (http://store.steampowered.com/mobile) as a closed beta. The app allows Steam users to view their Steam friends list, see what games their friends are playing, and chat with players in-game.

Gamers can also browse -- and apparently purchase, though the app descriptions are a little fuzzy on that point -- the Steam library of titles from the iPhone. However, there is no purchasing of iOS games through the app, something that, aside from the fact that Steam doesn't support any iOS games, Apple would surely frown upon.

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"The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. "Seeing which of your friends are online and playing a game, sending quick messages, looking at screenshots for an upcoming game, or catching a sale - these are all features customers have requested. Mobile is changing way people interact, play games and consume media, and the Steam app is part of our commitment to meet customer demands and expand the service functionality of Steam to make it richer and more accessible for everyone."While it has been released as a "closed beta", users sign up to be included via the app itself.

Steam Mobile for iPhone is available free (http://appshopper.com/entertainment/steam-mobile-2) on the App Store. [Direct Link (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/steam-mobile/id495369748)]

Article Link: Valve Releases Steam Companion App for iPhone (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/01/26/valve-releases-steam-companion-app-for-iphone/)



Daveoc64
Jan 26, 2012, 02:50 PM
Apart from it being a closed beta (terrible idea), this is really good.

Steam chat is very popular these days.

scotty588
Jan 26, 2012, 03:58 PM
Hope they open the beta soon. Then again we are talking about Valve here.

markieg
Jan 26, 2012, 04:33 PM
finally well done valve best game developer and service out there!

Xenomorph
Jan 26, 2012, 04:33 PM
Cool. So next holiday season I can spend a thousand dollars on all their sales while sitting on my toilet.

It's like Gabe read my mind!

ASKendrew
Jan 26, 2012, 04:36 PM
Been waiting for ages for them to release an app like this!

Cougarcat
Jan 26, 2012, 08:09 PM
Pretty cool. I would prefer that they just open up their chat protocol so I can chat with my steam Friends in Verbs / Adium, but this is the next best thing.

Dagless
Jan 26, 2012, 08:26 PM
You can already buy games using the web browser on iOS devices. But this is great.

I've got software on Steam but no beta access yet! Must be ultra ultra exclusive.

redscull
Jan 26, 2012, 08:42 PM
You can already buy games using the web browser on iOS devices.Sort of. I've never gotten a paypal transaction through Steam in iOS Safari to complete successfully. But if I buy with my credit card, that works.

voyagerd
Jan 26, 2012, 09:57 PM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

Awesome! I'll just get in line..

Buschmaster
Jan 26, 2012, 10:12 PM
Seems weird that Apple would allow a beta app into the app store when their policy states it isn't allowed.

emettsantucci
Jan 26, 2012, 10:26 PM
Seems weird that Apple would allow a beta app into the app store when their policy states it isn't allowed.

Apple does seem to make some exceptions to their rules for bigger companies, at least for a little while... download it while its still up.

andychelt
Jan 27, 2012, 02:48 AM
Nice one Valve!

Only the other day as I was at work trying to add a colleague to my friends list through safari I was bemoaning that they "still haven't brought out an iOS app"!! :D

farleysmaster
Jan 27, 2012, 05:58 AM
You can already buy games using the web browser on iOS devices. But this is great.

I've got software on Steam but no beta access yet! Must be ultra ultra exclusive.

I hoped that turning on beta access in the steam app on the mac would let me in.

Nope.

Not sure where these activation codes are supposed to come from.

DESNOS
Jan 27, 2012, 06:30 AM
Possibly the first step to a full Steam for iOS? Gaming on iOS could seriously improve if backed by Valve.

Ryantosh
Jan 27, 2012, 07:21 AM
Possibly the first step to a full Steam for iOS? Gaming on iOS could seriously improve if backed by Valve.
Why would iOS need a gaming client...

Dagless
Jan 27, 2012, 07:33 AM
Possibly the first step to a full Steam for iOS? Gaming on iOS could seriously improve if backed by Valve.

How? The App Store and Game Centre achieve the same goal. It's down to developers if they choose to support iOS as a platform, not Valve.

farleysmaster
Jan 27, 2012, 08:25 AM
Why are the last two posts downvoted? It's pretty obvious that there's not going to be a separate independent game store for iOS.

Best case scenario would be app-within-an-app rubbish. But why would Steam want to go down that route anyway?

Cougarcat
Jan 27, 2012, 08:46 AM
I hoped that turning on beta access in the steam app on the mac would let me in.

Nope.

Not sure where these activation codes are supposed to come from.

You get in by expressing interest. You can do this by attempting to log in on the mobile app. They're slowly adding people.

Alaerian
Jan 27, 2012, 08:55 AM
+1 for Valve. God, I love that company.

chairguru22
Jan 27, 2012, 09:51 AM
d/l the app but when i try to log-in it says it's still in beta and that i'm not signed up for it... ???

Alaerian
Jan 27, 2012, 09:53 AM
Didn't read the article, did you? ;)

While it has been released as a "closed beta", users sign up to be included via the app itself.

waloshin
Jan 27, 2012, 10:07 AM
Also on Android:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.valvesoftware.android.steam.community&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS52YWx2ZXNvZnR3YXJlLmFuZHJvaWQuc3RlYW0uY29tbXVuaXR5Il0 .

PaulyD
Jan 27, 2012, 10:41 AM
I always thought this would have come out sooner if only for the steam chat side of things.

Be good if you could buy the games and they download on a linked client direct to your machine.

Eg, Buy a game via app on phone at work in the morning, arrive home in the evening to it already downloaded

chairguru22
Jan 27, 2012, 10:51 AM
Didn't read the article, did you? ;)

ooo i thought it read as the beta was closed and finally released officially on the app store... ha!

StrudelTurnover
Jan 27, 2012, 11:00 AM
Cool. So next holiday season I can spend a thousand dollars on all their sales while sitting on my toilet.

It's like Gabe read my mind!

Don't be silly, he has excellent metrics on our bathroom habits.

"brb bio"
.
"brb bio"

Plus, yknow, the cameras. For testing.
It's a crappy job but someone's gotta...

Dagless
Jan 28, 2012, 11:19 AM
It's pretty good. So far the only difference between this and the site is the ability to chat to friends. I can view my wishlist but not my library.

I really hope they add (as someone else pointed out!) a way to buy games remotely and have them download on your home computer.

farleysmaster
Jan 28, 2012, 11:35 AM
It's pretty good. So far the only difference between this and the site is the ability to chat to friends. I can view my wishlist but not my library.

I really hope they add (as someone else pointed out!) a way to buy games remotely and have them download on your home computer.

Did you get emailed an activation code?

Dagless
Jan 28, 2012, 11:44 AM
Did you get emailed an activation code?

No, I was on Steam last night and before I shut down I noticed a green message icon on the header bar. One of the new items was the App. Loaded up my iPhone and I had access.

DESNOS
Jan 28, 2012, 04:48 PM
How? The App Store and Game Centre achieve the same goal. It's down to developers if they choose to support iOS as a platform, not Valve.

Because Valve could attract some big-time developers to iOS (not to mention Valve themselves). I thought that was obvious.

Dagless
Jan 28, 2012, 05:01 PM
Because Valve could attract some big-time developers to iOS (not to mention Valve themselves). I thought that was obvious.
That was an awfully quick thumbs up ;).

But there's no need. If a developer wants to make an iOS app then they can, no developer is tied to Valve, and iOS devices have similar tech to Steam. It's completely redundant. I thought that was obvious.