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Steam Link, which allows users to stream Steam games from a computer to another device, has officially launched on the Mac App Store.

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Steam users have been able to stream games from within the Steam Mac app for sometime. However, with the availability of Steam Link on macOS, users now have the option of choosing a lightweight download (29.8MB) to stream games to their Mac, rather than having to install the Steam app proper, which requires 1GB of drive space.

Steam Link launched on iOS and tvOS in 2019, however, until now it's been unavailable for Mac customers. As spotted by eagle-eyed Reddit users, the Steam Link has been quietly released by Valve on the Mac App Store.

The Steam Link app allows you to play your Steam games across all your computers. Just pair an MFI or Steam controller to your Mac, connect to a computer running Steam on the same local network, and start playing your existing Steam games.

To run Steam Link, users must have a Mac running macOS 10.13 or higher and another Windows, Mac, or Linux computer running Steam. Additionally, both computers must be on the same local network. Steam Link for macOS is available on the Mac App Store.

Article Link: Steam Link Launches on macOS, Enabling Game Streaming to Mac
 
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somnolentsurfer

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This is a curious decision by Valve. I don't think it provides any functionality that's not in the regular Steam desktop client anyway? Hope it's not an omen about the future of Steam on the Mac in general.
 
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nt5672

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Wonder how long till Apple shuts it down? They'll at least wait to see if it becomes popular.
 
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mukiex

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This is a curious decision by Valve. I don't think it provides any functionality that's not in the regular Steam desktop client anyway? Hope it's not an omen about the future of Steam on the Mac in general.
My guess is that it's just taking advantage of that MacOS/iPadOS integration, so it's basically a freebie for Valve. At the end of the day, it doesn't really work all that well unless you have a Steam PC somewhere in the house that you have games purchased on, so they really have nothing to lose.

They can't put Steam proper on the Mac App Store so this is basically a foot in the door.
 
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mukiex

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Wow, they really did name their company "Steam" ? It still looks like a typo.
Software's named Steam. Company's named Valve Software.

I did have to double-check after I read that, though. It wouldn't be the first company to rename themselves after their most successful product. See:

  • Connecticut Leather Company, better known as CoLeCo
  • BlackBerry Limited, originally Research in Motion
  • Acorn computers created the Acorn RISC Machine, or ARM, with a very power-efficient CPU
  • Beat Games, formerly Hyperbolic Magnetism, the creators of Beat Saber
  • Quantum Computer Services, creators of America Online, renamed themselves AOL in 2006
  • Unadulterated Food Products created a carbonated apple juice drink called Snapple
  • Nippon Kogaku K.K. had a really popular camera brand, Nikon
 
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CJM

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Probably wasn’t difficult to recompile it for the Mac as it’s already on iOS.
Pretty nice if you don’t game natively on the Mac but still want access to your PC games.
 
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utterer

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Valve has made a push with their remote play technology where you can now play games with friends even if they don’t have a Steam account. You just need a web link, a controller, and this app.

It’s the same on iOS, Win, Android, Linux, Raspberry Pi.

Much easier to tell a friend to download the app from the app store and click a link instead of setting up a while new Steam account and then adding friends.
 
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Stella

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I’ll just keep using nvidia GeForce. Way more useful when ya can play PC games
Nvidia are doubling the GeForce subscription for new subscribers. Ouch!

If you already have a subscription, you keep your existing price.
 
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CptnJustc

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I have a central computer that I stream from to Steam clients around the house. I guess this will remove the annoying '[computer] is now available for streaming' notices that pop up whenever a client wakes up. So, yippee.

But the 10.13 requirement will mean that two of my older PCs will still only be able to use the full Steam app!
 
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nilk

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I found Steam Link to be a bit more reliable than the Nvidia version when streaming games from my gaming PC to my MacBook Pro. Plus you can add non-Steam games to Steam.

Same. Steam Link has worked well with everything I tried (including from the macOS Steam client), but NVidia Gamestream / Moonlight are hit or miss and I have problems even on my NVidia Shield TV Pro using the official client.

Edit: Didn't realize person you were responding too was talking about NVidia Geforce Now, and not local streaming using Gamestream protocol.
 
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