Steam Link public beta now available on Android

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Steam Link app now available for Android, iOS version still pending Apple review

Following its announcement earlier this month, a beta version of Valve's Steam Link game streaming service has arrived on the Google Play store.

This week Valve is releasing a free Steam Link app that will let you stream your entire Steam library from your PC to any Android and iOS device, including Apple TVs.

Valve has released the previously announced Steam Link app as an open beta.

I was stunned at how well the stream held up when playing games like Far Cry 5, Doom, and Rocket League on my iPad. In addition to that, if you want to stream to your mobile device, it needs to be connected to a 5GHz Wi-Fi network. With it, you can play your collection of Steam titles on your smartphone, provided you've a powerful computer to run said games and you're under the same roof.

On the Apple side, we support any iOS device running iOS 10 or newer, and any Apple TV running tvOS 10.3 or newer. It's possible that black bars on the edges will appear on your mobile device since this is how the app is dealing with the aspect ratio differences, but you can use two-finger pinch and pan gestures to zoom in.

While Android devices can connect to PS4 controllers, iOS options are more limited.
. Thankfully, the Steam Link app has built in support for the Steam Controller, but support is otherwise inconsistent. Available on Google Play, it's created to allow PC games to be streamed and played on smartphones and tablets. Naturally, the best experience will come when paired with a separate Bluetooth controller (or the official Steam Controller), and don't worry, there are plenty of those on the market.

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