From PC to console and now your mobile device, Steam is taking over the market as the biggest crossover service for gaming. Valve announce earlier in May that it would be releasing its Steam Link game streaming service, and it is nearly here as Valve recently released its beta version to Android. Android users are now able to download the app via the Google Play Store and stream full PC games on their smartphones.
However, there are some restrictions with the app. In order for users to be able to stream games via Steam, they will have to be connected through a 5GHz Wi-Fi network to a nearby PC that is connected directly to the router with an ethernet cord. It is unknown whether this is a beta requirement or what fans should come to expect from the app.
All restrictions aside, the app appears to remain functional for the serious gamers. The mobile platform will allow the use of the Steam Controller with projections to be Bluetooth compatible gamepad device but a full list of supported devices have yet to be released. However, the app is Android TV set-top boxes — once again requiring router connectivity via a PC.
According to Variety, the app will support 4K at 60 fps restricted to a home network connection. However, the quality var for streaming is not quite that high and users will be able to enjoy playing on the standard 1080p for 60 fps.
Unfortunately for Apple users, the platform is not quite ready and iOS users will have to wait. The release date for iOS is still unknown and awaiting further review by Valve before being reported. It is suggested to supported on any device running iOS 10 and up and will run on Apple TV running tvOS 10.3 and newer.