Valve releases Steam Link Anywhere for PC

Steam Link Anywhere lets you play your PC games wherever you like

Valve extend Steam Link out of the home and networking API to all developers

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

Assuming you've got all that covered, you'll see an "Other Computer" option on the screen when searching for computers to connect to via Steam Link. Most HEXUS regulars will already be aware of Steam Link (and the earlier hardware-only solution) which facilitates Steam gaming on the same local network as your Steam library packing PC.

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A post from slouken on the Steam Community boards stated that you should be able to stream games to your Steam Link from virtually any computer running Steam. It's compatible with both the Steam Link hardware and app, and will be rolled out automatically (and freely) to everyone who owns the hardware with beta firmware installed, the Android app beta, or the Raspberry Pi app. Your Steam Client also needs to be on the latest beta build, which will be dated March 13 or newer. The new Steam Link Anywhere extends the Steam Link functionality, while a sockets API makes it easier for developers to offer secure connections. Select that, follow the instructions, and you'll be set. It will be an important year this time around as Valve tries to keep developers from handing exclusivity over to the Epic Games Store.

Valve did not state the exact specifications required to stream at various resolutions, but added that it would continue to improve the Steam Link Anywhere experience. Of course, people will need high upload speeds from their PCs and strong network connections to their Steam Link devices to take advantage, Valve said. Part of this is better development tools, but more importantly, Valve are letting developers route network traffic through Steam's own infrastructure now.

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