Valve debuts Steam Link Anywhere, opens its multiplayer platform to devs

Isaac Cain
March 15, 2019

For those playing games instead of making them, Steam Link is now officially usable outside of home networks, albeit in open beta. This was only really useful for those times when you want to play a game on your couch.

Steam Link Anywhere faces the same infrastructure limitations as other streaming game services-you won't get anywhere without a fast, firm network connection-but if Valve can get the performance to a reasonably good level without requiring network speeds that 95 percent of the world doesn't have access to yet, it could be a very exciting step forward.

As a software successor to the original Steam Link hardware that Valve killed off at the end of a year ago, Steam Link Anywhere allows you to stream any game from your Steam library to whichever of those aforementioned devices you choose.

While Microsoft and Google are getting ready to duke it out over their cloud gaming services, Valve still has a foot in the market.

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As part of their warm-up for the Game Developers Conference, Valve have rolled out two new features on Steam today, one for players and one for developers. Go to the Steam Link computer settings and select "Other Computer".

Now, you should be able to connect to your PC that hosts your Steam library through your Android app.

Steam Link Anywhere is an extension of Steam Link that will enable users to connect to their PCs and play games from anywhere (thus the name), rather than being limited to a local network.

Steam Link was originally released as a hardware device in 2015, but Valve later discontinued it in favor of an app for mobile devices and smart TVs.

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