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maybe someday they will add app for music (not this piece of code we have right now)? lazy valve (╯ ° □ °) ╯
NOP, it is a gaming platform FFS.
But you can buy OST for games. And it's not easy to listen to them. You have to install the game and handle the stupid player. This could be done way better.
They sell OST, as MachinesAreHuman noticed.
Right now music library and audio player in steam sucks
Praise Lord Gaben :-D
But... it'll be FREE? What is this heresy?
It's nice, I guess, but I wonder if they can offer streaming of the same quality that what moonlight offers.
Holding my breath for the execution, but I dig the concept. I really liked the idea of steam machines, but understand why they never took off.
You won't be able to hold your breath that long,
Yeah, in valve time a few weeks could be several human years
Interesting, very nice indeed. Now I'm looking forward to use their video app =)
Does this mean as long I have fast internet I can play any AAA games I have even without a high-tier rig?
no? then it means nothing to me
not to mention Steam Link is kinda pricey here because those customs tax
No, that sounds more like Nvidia's GeForce NOW cloud gaming service currently in beta testing. I think the Steam Link app means you would be able to stream the games you can already play on your PC to the tiny dirty screen on your phone instead of using your computer monitor, although I'm not sure why you would want to do that.
Playing in toilet while sitting on throne, while taking long bath with mobile connected to power source, while sitting outside and taking sunbath(foreveralonenolifeversion)
Still dunno why we need this xD
PS. I actually want to play on throne :D
I watch netflix while on the throne, not sure if I'll be able to play games I got a windows phone.
Android and IOS is not only on smartphones. You can stream to your android TV, to your tv-box (firetv, appletv...), your tablet (and connect this via dp or hdmi with a beamer/tv) and use a bluetooth controller (like ps4 or xbone) to play your games...
still didn't get the main purpose
so it means we can play our games anywhere as long we bring our phone,steam controller (or KB and Mouse)?
isn't it ridiculous to bring steam controller stuffs anywhere?
It's mostly for use at your place...
I have a room where I work in. There is also my gaming pc.
But sometimes I would like to play a game on the couch with my gf or friends... And I can't just use 25m hdmi cable, 25m usb cable for controller and so on...
Valve saw, that supporting a device (like steamlink) is more expensive than an app. So now we have the app for free and valve can use a new market...
There was a platform that you could stream AAA games with any PC regardless of the specs. It was called OnLive, it was great and cheap and nobody gave a shit.
I wish there was a good app for streaming your own video files, like Plex. The steam link is my only smart TV / HTPC device that has an ethernet port, so it would be great to stream high quality videos through it. I can stream the entire desktop, of course, but it does awful with video of any decent resolution, and generally skips / freezes. If only there were a way to optimize the stream for video, it would be a great resource.
When I saw this post, I thought it might be something like this, but sounds like it's a pretty worthless couple of apps to me. Who would want to play a full PC game on a phone / tablet? It would be awful. Even the games that were originally for mobile will probably be bad after being ported to PC then streamed back to a device. And who watches videos on steam? I mean, I might have seen one or two, but it's not exactly a major video platform... To me, this is another case of valve putting their energy into weird projects that probably won't be used much.
But oh well, I guess it's good that they are doing something, I don't mean to be too negative about it.
That does apps work on phones too does not necessarily mean that they must be used to play.
There are probably a lot of other devices which at least run on android....like chromecast and the like which are connected to a tv (or smart tvs which run on android....if such exist) so that the apps only replace the (failed?) physical steam link device
"As the biggest digital video game store and distributor, we consider it important to spend our research and development budget on anything but what is tied to being a video game store. You are welcome. P.S.: Get ready for the new and upcoming Steam™ Pizza Ordering app and our new hardware, the Steam™ Coffee Machine!"
Theres no potato option in polls. I disappointed.
It's in the microwave oven
Well,. that explains the 5$ dumping price on those steamlinks the last few months.
Still glad i got one though,. so i can use my USB controllers.
The steam controller is too pricey for my tastes.
I got it for 1EUR and I like it, it is better then a Smart TV.
I transformed my new 4k in an occasional console and a 1080p smart TV.
And I got that TV at a 70% discount at a low as 170 EUR.
So for 171 EUR I got a 4kTV, Smart Full HD TV and 1080p console :D
Phone screens may be small in physical size, but many are, pixel-wise, just as large as a computer screen. Having my phone screen in front of my face at a gaming distance (not unlike a Gameboy/PSP/etc) is roughly equal to sitting three or four feet back from my computer screen. Add Bluetooth speakers and a controller, and it's a surprisingly good gaming experience.
I set up third-party software Moonlight to already do exactly what Valve is announcing here, so that I could stream some non-twitchy video games from my computer to my phone while I was cat-sitting and didn't have access to a decent computer. It wasn't without its issues, but I was also streaming through wireless from my home PC, and for that, I think it actually did really well.
So, it can definitely be useful. But, Valve is treading already-been-done territory. Hopefully it will be as good of quality as Moonlight seems to be, whilst additionally being a bit more accessible.
The video streaming though -- as parvulus mentioned, Plex already solves that fairly well, and even Plex is still missing a few "essential" features years on, that I'm certain Valve will miss the first few goes around. If they're trying to expand beyond games, I guess I get it, but it's not very exciting news from a gamer's perspective.
I'm with Jinkujaku, if it's not a stream-cpu/gpu-intensive-games-you-own-on-a-toaster-for-free announcement, then it's really not very big news.
You can have 8K screen on your 6" screen it will be redundant because you will not see the difference.
You need a screen size pixel density ration for that :D.
If this works good, my steamlink will be gone because my fire tv might even handle the streaming better.
Here is hope that I can unplug one more device without loosing the feature
This is big, I know it is for me at least, hope they just work on it and improve it over time, not like their steam app that is never updated.
if they execute it properly (for example letting you use touchscreen to emulate mouse-clicks and mouse movement) it can be gamechanger, right now mobile gaming sucks, is full of shovelware, exploitative practices with very small amopunt of actually good games which are hard to find in the flood of shit. With this Valve could take over a massive chunk of mobile-gaming market. And there are many games which could be operated with mouse only, and theorethically would work on touchscreen as well - turn based strategies and tactical games, point and click adventure games, HOGs, VNs etc.
If the app will work only wint controllers whou, I don't see so much appeal - there is lack of good quality controllers for Android (because there are so many different android points, and using Steam Controller while not having smartphone in your hands but put on desk seems counterintuitive.
The app actually use the touchscreen as a mouse click, complete with the right click mapped on two point pressure. But the games aren't really designed to be used with the touchscreen anyway (try clicking icons on Football Manager on a 5" screen for example) so using a controller it's not a big deal. You can also use the Xbox and PS4 controllers.
they could easilly include option that is already present in Android Remote Desktop app - using your fingers to make picture bigger or smaller by dragging them, again - in turn-based / point'n'click / VN / manager etc games, basically everything not action-oriented, it wouldn't affect a game flow.
"Valve: Apple won’t let the Steam Link app on the iOS"
Pretty thuggish of Apple, but Valve should have seen it coming. Both companies protect their own dominant e-store and are used to setting policies as they see fit. Valve showed their cards too early, so now Apple can hold those projected profits hostage. Everyone wants to dip their beak.
They did see it coming, Vavle has said in their dev talks what a terrible experience it was getting the original Steam app approved on iTunes. They've also said that the reason that app never gets updates is because the process of checking every update is so slow over att Apple.
Most likely this is Apple's way of saying "thanks for that buddy".
If Vavle didn't announce it early though, they would have even less of a chance of getting it approved. At least this way Apple will get some public pressure from tech blogs, gaming sites and consumers to get the app out.
Quite a shitty move from Apple, it's not like they have their own store or whatever. Especially because there are already lots of PC streaming apps on iOS so it seems more like a petty action.
You can't use your pc while you're streaming game. So, it's not a big deal.
You can use Android TV for streaming on a smart TV without buying the Steam Link (the hardware one). Launch the app, connect the gamepad and you're good to go.
EDIT: i mean, that doesn't answer your statement, but i'm saying that the app has its uses, like gaming on your couch rather than at the desk.
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Steam Link App is Now Available for iOS and Apple TV