Steam Link now available for Android in beta

Pablo Tucker
May 18, 2018

But it'll give you a way to play away from your computer, say in the toilet or in the laundry room while waiting for a load to finish.

Steam Link is now available in beta on Google Play, Valve announced Thursday. Naturally, the more powerful your hardware and connection are, the better your experience will be: Valve recommends connecting your PC to the web via an ethernet cable, and ensuring your phone is using your router's 5GHz band if possible.

It's important to note that computers running Steam Link can not be used for any other activity.

The Steam Link app is available free of charge.

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

The app also supports Bluetooth controllers for smartphones, allowing players an alternative input.

While Android devices can connect to PS4 controllers, iOS options are more limited.

Similar to the physical Steam Link, and much to my disappointment, your streaming device does have to be on the same network as your host PC.

I also wonder if game developers can bake in touch support for strategy games and RPGs so they're easier to play without a controller - it'd be a blast to command armies of Incas to slay the invading Conquistadors while lying in bed. For streaming on TV, your gaming PC and TV must be connected to the same network.

Steam Link now supports Android 5.0 and above and features support for the Steam Controller and other Bluetooth input devices. I got to test out the iOS version of the app this week, and I've compiled my impressions here.

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