Steam Link app hits Android today in beta, iOS at a later date

After we heard Valve was making an app version of the Steam Link, we have been shocked – shocked, actually, that Valve would have the audacity to shrink the {hardware} it labored so onerous on to the dimensions of a cell app. And but, right here it’s, out there to obtain … not less than in beta on Android.

When you head over to the Google Play Store proper now, you will discover the Steam Hyperlink app, which has the power to stream video games over your native community out of your PC to your smartphone or pill. 

Whereas the Android model of the app is obtainable now and can spend the subsequent week in beta earlier than formally launching on Might 21, Valve says the iOS model must be coming quickly, however is “pending additional evaluation with Apple”.

Each the iOS and Android model are free to obtain and use – Valve has no plans, at this level not less than, of charging for any of it.

Steam library at your library? Sadly, no

“My complete Steam library on cell,” you say, “that is nice!” 

It’s, however earlier than you pack your luggage and head out the door ready to play video games like Grand Theft Auto V or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in your day by day commute, there are some limitations to what the Steam Hyperlink app can do: Firstly of these is that it solely works with a PC that’s on the identical community. Head outdoors and out of vary out of your Wi-Fi, and also you received’t be capable to entry Steam.

Talking of Wi-Fi, Valve closely recommends that you simply use the app solely on a 5GHz Wi-Fi connection or linked through an Ethernet adapter to your router – attempt to use a 2.4GHz sign, and also you won’t get essentially the most optimum streaming expertise.

The Android model of the Steam Hyperlink app is supported on gadgets working Android and better, whereas iOS customers can be anticipated to run  iOS 10 or newer, and any Apple TV working tvOS 10.three or newer – sure, it even works on Apple TV.

The app itself is free to obtain on each iOS and Android, beginning with Android, and we’ll replace this story as soon as the iOS model hits the App Retailer.