steamlogoValve today announced the upcoming launch of the Steam Link app, which is designed to allow Steam users to play Steam games on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV using either a 5GHz network or a wired Ethernet connection to a host PC or Mac.

Because of the requirement to stream via an Ethernet connection or a 5GHz network, it won't be possible to play Steam content on the go, but it will be handy for accessing a Steam library while at home on alternate devices or while at a friend's house or another location with a high-speed wireless connection.

Steam Link will launch during the week of May 21, and in addition to being compatible with Apple devices, it will also be available for Android devices that include phones, tablets, and Android-enabled TVs. Steam Link has previously been available for dedicated Steam Link peripherals and some Samsung TV sets.

The Steam Link app will include support for both the Steam Controller and Made for iPhone controllers.

Steam also plans to introduce a Steam Video app later this summer, which will let users play Steam movies and shows on their Android and iOS devices using a Wi-Fi or LTE connection. Valve has been offering movies and TV show purchases for some time now, and that content is currently not available on mobile devices.

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alllexx Avatar
60 months ago
So excited for this!
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keysofanxiety Avatar
60 months ago
Well damn it, I still live in 1990 so my internet isint fast enough, and isint 5GHz. :eek::oops::(
Hate to be "that guy", but Wi-Fi wasn't a thing for consumers in 1990. Heck the Internet was barely a thing. There were big ol' routers the size of a pizza box which you'd have to smother with a pillow to keep quiet and would download at a blazing 14.4Kb/s.

Not being pedantic, just thinking it's crazy how quickly things have evolved. Your children wouldn't be able to imagine that there was a time without the Internet, or wireless networking. Many can scarcely believe it now.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
user1234 Avatar
60 months ago
Hate to be "that guy", but Wi-Fi wasn't a thing for consumers in 1990. Heck the Internet was barely a thing. There were big ol' routers the size of a pizza box which you'd have to smother with a pillow to keep quiet and would download at a blazing 14.4KB/s.

Not being pedantic, just thinking it's crazy how quickly things have evolved. Your children wouldn't be able to imagine that there was a time without the Internet, or wireless networking. Many can scarcely believe it now.
I hate to be "that guy", but kb/s.

(Sorry, I just had to. Don't ask me why because I don't know)
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ikir Avatar
60 months ago
Pretty interesting for AppleTV. Anyway I hope Valve update Steam for Mac, it is sill so “Mavericks”, it doesn’t even has os native full screen.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GreyOS Avatar
60 months ago
I just looked up more details on how it works and I may of overstepped in saying valve didn’t need MFI certification. Seems like Apple provides open access for Bluetooth LE devices that don’t need the hardware MFI certified, but anything else that connects over lightning or Bluetooth still needs MFI certification. That said, there is still a distinction between supporting the iOS game controller protocols and just interfacing directly with a specific app.

So either valve is using Bluetooth LE or they are hoping to get certification for the steam controller under less stringent criteria as it’s
Yep, I've seen some stories recently about the Steam controller gaining Bluetooth LE support ahead of the app. I didn't realise the 'LE' specifically was the important bit of this news, allowing them to bypass MFi certification. Thanks for helping figure this out.
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fairuz Avatar
60 months ago
Just curious, why do they require a 5GHz wifi network? And also, how do they even know? Man, that's layer 1 or "1.5," I forget...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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