Valve has announced its intention to beta test a remote play feature for its fledgeling Steam Link service. Entitled Steam Link Anywhere, this new feature should be able to stream games from your PC onto your phone wherever you are. (Insert mind-blown emoji here.)
The ability to access your games from one device on another completely separate device seems to be front and centre in a lot of big companies’ plans for the future of gaming: Sony, for instance, recently made it possible to remote-control your PS4 using your iPhone; and Microsoft has Project xCloud, its initiative that aims to stream Xbox One games onto portable devices.
And now, Valve has announced on the Steam Community website that Steam Link Anywhere is in an “early beta” stage of development and that it will “allow you to stream games to your Steam Link from any computer running Steam, as long as your computer has good upload speed and your Steam Link device has a good network connection.”
The Steam Link app already existed, of course, and it’s been available via Google Play for phones, tablets and smart TVs for a while. But prior to this ‘Anywhere’ update, you could only use Steam Link to play games if you were connected to the same local network as your PC.
Now, Steam Link Anywhere should allow you to connect up to your Steam games wherever you are, just so long as the device in your hand and the PC in your home are both connected to some decent internet.
To start using Steam Link Anywhere, Valve’s post informs us that you need to follow these three steps
• Update your Steam Client to the beta build, dated March 13 or newer
• Add a computer and select “Other Computer”
• Follow the pairing instructions on screen
We wouldn’t expect perfect results, as this feature is still at the beta phase, but this is still a hugely exciting development. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more…