Valve's 'Steam Link' App Now Available on iOS

Valve's Steam Link app, which is designed to let you play Steam games on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV has finally made its way to iOS and is available for download as of today.

Valve first announced the Steam Link app in May 2018 and planned to launch it soon after, but Apple ended up rejecting the app due to "business conflicts."

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Though Valve argued that Steam Link was similar to other remote desktop-based apps that provide access to a PC or Mac, Apple refused to budge and did not allow Valve to release Steam Link until now.

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Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller said in 2018 that Apple would continue to work with Valve to "bring the Steam experience to iOS and ‌Apple TV‌ in a way that complies with the [App Store] guidelines," and it appears the two companies were finally able to reach an agreement.

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Valve said that it would remove the ability to purchase apps from within Steam Link in an effort to get Apple to approve the app, which may have allowed it onto the ‌App Store‌. When connecting Steam Link to a PC or Mac, the main view is of your library, aka the games you've already purchased, and there is no readily apparent option for purchasing content directly on your iOS device.

The new Steam Link app for iOS lets you play your Steam games on an ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, or ‌Apple TV‌ by streaming them from a Mac or PC. The Steam Link app essentially mirrors the content on your Mac or PC to your device. iOS 10 or later is required, and Valve recommends using 5GHz internet connections for the best performance. Games can be played using a Made for ‌iPhone‌ or Steam controller, and there are also touch screen control options that put virtual buttons on the screen.


Pairing an iOS device to a Mac or PC running Steam is a simple process. Your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ scans your network for a Mac or PC that has Steam installed, and pairing is done through a code. A bandwidth test is conducted to make sure there will be a smooth gameplay experience, and then additional drivers may need to be downloaded on your computer.

The Steam Link app brings desktop gaming to your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌. Just pair an MFI or Steam controller to your device, connect to a computer running Steam on the same local network, and start playing your existing Steam games.

Requirements:
- ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ using iOS 10 or higher
- Computer running Steam - Windows, Mac, or Linux
- iOS device must be on the same local network as the computer running Steam

For best performance:
- Connect your computer using Ethernet to your 5Ghz WiFi router
- Connect your iOS device to the 5GHz band of your WiFi network
- Keep your iOS device within a reasonable range of your router

Steam Link can be downloaded from the ‌App Store‌ for free. [Direct Link]

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Top Rated Comments

az431 Avatar
20 months ago

Consumers win against a bully in this case.

Apple rejected the app, Valve changed it to accommodate Apple's requests, and Apple approved it. None of that supports your "consumers win" declaration. Sounds like Apple won.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mattopotamus Avatar
20 months ago

I have been waiting forever for this! This is awesome! Can anyone confirm if it work with a wireless Xbox One or Playstation 3 wireless controller?

While convenient, I feel like the PC gamer would crush you with their keyboard and mouse.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
shansoft Avatar
20 months ago

Am I missing something? Why would you want to play a game on your iPhone instead or your Mac or PC when you need to stream it direct from the Mac or PC anyway???

Play on TV? Where TV is far away from desktop?

Or play the game anywhere when the desktop isn't next to you at home? Such as bathroom, bed, backyard and other various location... ;)

I been doing this on android phone for awhile on casual steam games, it works great.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sideshowuniqueuser Avatar
20 months ago
Am I missing something? Why would you want to play a game on your iPhone instead or your Mac or PC when you need to stream it direct from the Mac or PC anyway???
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aaronhead14 Avatar
20 months ago
It’s pretty ridiculous how hard Apple fights to make the user experience on iOS worse and worse.

It’s similar to forcing us to have Apple Maps as the default maps app. Why not just let customers do whatever the crap they want?

Apple’s “conflict of interest” nonsense takes freedom away from customers, and it results in a bad user experience.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
212rikanmofo Avatar
20 months ago

While convenient, I feel like the PC gamer would crush you with their keyboard and mouse.

Depends really, I play mostly casual party games or Skater XL. Which is single player. So I'm definitely not concerned with that.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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