Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Steam Link Anywhere beta drops Steam Link's local-wifi-only restriction

Steam Link Anywhere beta drops Steam Link's local-wifi-only restriction

The only requirements are a good upload speed on your computer and a good network connection on your Steam Link device.

The service is free to all who use Steam Link or the Steam Link app, and is now in beta.

As the dream of cloud-based gaming comes closer to becoming a reality, Valve has gained new enthusiasm for the idea of players accessing their bountiful Steam libraries while being away from their PC's.

The Steam Link app launched on Android almost a year ago, but there were some restrictions with it.

The feature is in beta for the moment and there are a few caveats to keep in mind, but this is a truly exciting update and helps illuminate just how powerful game streaming will be in the next few years. So long as you've got sufficient bandwidth on your home computer and a decent internet connection on the receiving device, you can play anything, anywhere now. You can do this at the computer itself or you can use a remote desktop app to do it from wherever you might be.

Steam Link Anywhere was announced ahead of Valve's GDC 2019 talk.

Valve's Steam Link hardware might be dead, but Steam Link as a service is getting a pretty major upgrade. You can also connect a controller to your phone if you need more precise inputs for more demanding games - like a racer or Dark Souls or something. Steam Link Anywhere is a new service and it greatly expands upon the previous functionality of Steam Link for Android. Valve explain the system here, and among the perks for developers are anonymized network traffic (protecting servers and clients from DDOS attacks) and potentially lower pings through Valve's networks.

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