Steam is coming to your mobile device, kind of. Valve will be releasing two new apps that will stream Steam games and videos to your phone or tablet.
Steam Link is an app that will launch the week of May 21 that will allow you to stream games to your mobile device. For those who have had a NVIDIA GPU, you could use an app like Moonlight to do this. But, Steam's method allows those with AMD GPUs to do so as well.
The host system will need to be connected on a fast connection such as a wired Ethernet connection or 5GHz wireless and the app will let you use various controllers as well.
I've been pretty happy with Moonlight, but an official Steam solution is very intriguing and one I'm hoping that I can use with my GearVR headset and Samsung PhoneCast VR so I can play my Steam library of games on a simulated movie theater screen.
For those who have bought videos on Steam, Steam Video will be released later in the summer that will allow you to watch your videos on the go. Support for both Wi-Fi and LTE will be there and you'll also be allowed to download some content on your phone so you won't have to rely on an Internet connection to enjoy some of your content.
NEW STEAM APPS TO EXTEND SERVICE OFFERINGS
May 9, 2018 - Two free new apps - the Steam Link app and the Steam Video app - are preparing for launch in the coming weeks, both designed to extend Steam's suite of services and accessibility.
The Steam Link app, slated to launch next week, allows gamers to experience their Steam library of games on their Android (phone, tablet, TV) and iOS-based (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV) devices while connected via 5Ghz network or wired Ethernet to a host system (Mac or PC), with Android access initially offered in beta. The Steam Link App will feature support for the Steam Controller, MFI controllers, and more across both platforms.
Later this summer, the Steam Video app is targeted for release, allowing users to enjoy the thousands of movies and shows available on Steam directly via their Android and iOS devices over Wi-Fi or LTE. In direct response to customer feedback, it will offer the ability to enjoy content in offline and streaming modes.
Steam is a leading platform for digital entertainment, offering thousands of games, movies, and films to millions of people around the world. For more information, please visit www.steampowered.com