Valve's 'Steam Link' App Now Available on iOS

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    Valve's Steam Link app, which is designed to let you play Steam games on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV has finally made its way to iOS and is available for download as of today.

    Valve first announced the Steam Link app in May 2018 and planned to launch it soon after, but Apple ended up rejecting the app due to "business conflicts."

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    Though Valve argued that Steam Link was similar to other remote desktop-based apps that provide access to a PC or Mac, Apple refused to budge and did not allow Valve to release Steam Link until now.

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    Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller said in 2018 that Apple would continue to work with Valve to "bring the Steam experience to iOS and Apple TV in a way that complies with the [App Store] guidelines," and it appears the two companies were finally able to reach an agreement.

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    Valve said that it would remove the ability to purchase apps from within Steam Link in an effort to get Apple to approve the app, which may have allowed it onto the App Store. When connecting Steam Link to a PC or Mac, the main view is of your library, aka the games you've already purchased, and there is no readily apparent option for purchasing content directly on your iOS device.

    The new Steam Link app for iOS lets you play your Steam games on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV by streaming them from a Mac or PC. The Steam Link app essentially mirrors the content on your Mac or PC to your device. iOS 10 or later is required, and Valve recommends using 5GHz internet connections for the best performance. Games can be played using a Made for iPhone or Steam controller, and there are also touch screen control options that put virtual buttons on the screen.


    Pairing an iOS device to a Mac or PC running Steam is a simple process. Your iPhone or iPad scans your network for a Mac or PC that has Steam installed, and pairing is done through a code. A bandwidth test is conducted to make sure there will be a smooth gameplay experience, and then additional drivers may need to be downloaded on your computer.

    Steam Link can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Valve's 'Steam Link' App Now Available on iOS
     
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

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    queue: "looks like Apple is getting pressured by all of the App Store controversies" comments
     
  3. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

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    I have been waiting forever for this! This is awesome! Can anyone confirm if it work with a wireless Xbox One or Playstation 3 wireless controller?
     
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    Really surprised they have allowed Steam Controller support... now, does this mean we may keep our hopes up high for a possible native DualShock 4 support (and proper L3/R3) for the PS remote play app in the future?
     
  5. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    While convenient, I feel like the PC gamer would crush you with their keyboard and mouse.
     
  6. Muzzakus macrumors regular

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    Common Sony, have the PS4 controller pair with PS4 remote play too!
     
  7. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

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    Depends really, I play mostly casual party games or Skater XL. Which is single player. So I'm definitely not concerned with that.
     
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    There are single player games on steam.
     
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    Am I missing something? Why would you want to play a game on your iPhone instead or your Mac or PC when you need to stream it direct from the Mac or PC anyway???
     
  11. shansoft macrumors 6502

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    Play on TV? Where TV is far away from desktop?

    Or play the game anywhere when the desktop isn't next to you at home? Such as bathroom, bed, backyard and other various location... ;)

    I been doing this on android phone for awhile on casual steam games, it works great.
     
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    Now the question is: can you airplay a steam link game, to say... your Apple TV ?
     
  17. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

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    Steam Link is available for Apple TV as well.
     
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    Apple rejected the app, Valve changed it to accommodate Apple's requests, and Apple approved it. None of that supports your "consumers win" declaration. Sounds like Apple won.
     
  20. b92b0b33ef5340e macrumors newbie

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    With controller support at that!

    Almost like it was all in the article.
     
  21. az431 macrumors 65816

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    Sucks for the .02% of users with iOS 10. But any device that is too old to support iOS 11 is not likely to run these games very well.
     
  22. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

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    Besides ones ISP making it difficult, I don't see why this is limited to devices on the same network.
     
  23. az431 macrumors 65816

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    What would the the point of that when it runs natively on AppleTV
     
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    It’s pretty ridiculous how hard Apple fights to make the user experience on iOS worse and worse.

    It’s similar to forcing us to have Apple Maps as the default maps app. Why not just let customers do whatever the crap they want?

    Apple’s “conflict of interest” nonsense takes freedom away from customers, and it results in a bad user experience.
     
  25. Kabeyun macrumors 68000

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    Chill, newb. The article misleadingly neglects to mention the native tvOS app, only referred to in a quote by Nat Brown. Both the headline and body state iOS only. AppleTV is mentioned as a device, not an OS, so it’s not clear about streaming (AirPlay) vs native app. The write up needs polish.
     

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