Valve have announced two new apps coming to mobile devices “in the coming weeks,” intended to let you make use of your Steam library on iOS and Android. That means there’s finally an official option to stream your Steam games to phones and tablets for portable play.
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The Steam Link app launches the week of May 21, specifically citing support for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV devices. Android support for phones, tablets, and TVs will be “initially offered in beta.” This will let you stream games via a 5Ghz or wired ethernet connection to your chosen device, and will support Steam Controllers, MFi controllers, “and more” on both platforms.
Third-party apps like Moonlight and KinoConsole have offered this functionality for some time, but it will be nice to have the feature directly integrated for easier use. The Steam Link box itself offers some very nice in-house streaming, so hopefully the app will provide similar results.
A Steam Video app is also set for release this summer, letting you watch Steam’s constantly expanding library of movies and video on the go, via wi-fi or LTE. Judging by Steam’s current top-selling videos, this will now be the ideal way to view Saw, the My Little Pony movie, or, uh, Bleach season three. You will be able to download content for offline viewing, which is a feature more video apps should integrate.