Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

Steam Link beta has landed on Google Play

Steam Link beta has landed on Google Play

Earlier this month, Valve announced the upcoming launch of an official Steam Link app for Android. While it is not to be confused with the Steam Link gadget, in practice it more or less does the same thing where users can stream their games on Steam to their mobile devices via the app so that they can play PC games on their phones. Other Bluetooth-enabled controllers should work, too, but Valve hasn't posted a comprehensive list of supported controllers just yet.

The Steam Controller recently received a firmware update that activates Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity. 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.

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The Steam Link application now serves users running Android 5.0 and higher.

It's important to note that computers running Steam Link can not be used for any other activity. The controller's trackpads didn't allow me to move the cursor around, and none of the buttons served as left- or right-click either. It's possible that black bars on the edges will appear on your mobile device since this is how the app is dealing with the aspect ratio differences, but you can use two-finger pinch and pan gestures to zoom in. I imagine it'll probably allow for a better experience on a tablet with a larger screen than a phone.

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