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Steam Link beta for Android brings your game collection to your mobile

18 May 2018, 04:01 | Justin Tyler

Steam Link beta for Android brings your game collection to your mobile

Steam Link beta for Android brings your game collection to your mobile

You can grab it from the Play Store below, or from APKMirror.

Valve announced last week it will soon allow Android and iOS users to play their library of PC games on their mobile devices.

The good news is that if you were looking forward to the launch of the app, you'll be pleased to learn that it is now available on Android in beta form. But how exactly does this work and how can you play your PC games from your couch on a smaller device? It will really need some sort of LTE (4G) support down the line - but this seems unlikely when Steam is suspicious of even letting you use it over WiFi (though the app doesn't go so far as to actively stop you). Valve says that it aims to offer 1080 at 60fps gameplay experiences over 5GHz networks, while those of you who own powerful gaming rigs, wired network, and a very good client device, will be able to stream at 4K 60fps. That means my dream of playing GTA5 on my phone during my morning train commute isn't possible, which limits the scope of what the Steam Link app can do.

While Android devices can connect to PS4 controllers, iOS options are more limited.

Speaking of Wi-Fi, Valve heavily recommends that you use the app only on a 5GHz Wi-Fi connection or connected via an Ethernet adapter to your router - try to use a 2.4GHz signal, and you might not get the most optimal streaming experience. It should work on any device running Android 5.0 and later. (Steam controller and any other generic Bluetooth inputs). Available on Google Play, it's created to allow PC games to be streamed and played on smartphones and tablets.

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