Valve just released the beta version of the Steam Link app for Android devices. For those who don’t know, Steam Link app will allow users to stream games from their Steam library, directly to their smartphone. The app was announced earlier this month and is now available for download on Google Play store.
To stream games, both the smartphone and your PC need to be connected to the same 5.0GHz Wi-Fi network or wired Ethernet cable connected to your PC. The Steam Link app is compatible with devices running Android 5.0 and above. It features support for Steam Controllers and should also work with other Bluetooth gamepads that are compatible with Android devices. Although, a complete list of supported gamepads is yet to be revealed. Valve stated that with a high performing PC, you can stream games in 4K resolution at 60 FPS. However, most users will at least be able to get full HD resolution at 60 FPS.
Steam Link is also compatible with Android TV. Prior to this, Valve had introduced Steam Link via the Steam Machine. It was a device that users could connect to the TV in order to stream games from their PC. While Steam Link comes from the same initiative, it’s good to see Valve ditch the hardware unit and make the service free of cost.
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Apple users will still have to wait. Valve stated that the app is still pending approvals. Once that is done, Apple users should receive the app in no time. Steam Link app will be launching for both iOS and Apple TV.