Download Steam Link beta and start playing your PC games on an Android device

Download Steam Link beta and start playing your PC games on an Android device
Valve announced last week it will soon allow Android and iOS users to play their library of PC games on their mobile devices. Obviously, we're talking about streaming your games from the PC/Mac to a smartphone, not actually running them from the Android or iOS device.

That can be achieved starting today by download the Steam Link beta app, which is now available for free via Google Play Store. If you're an iPhone user, you'll have to wait a while longer for the app to arrive in the App Store.

But how exactly does this work and how can you play your PC games from your couch on a smaller device? First of all, you'll have to download the Steam Link beta app from the Google Play Store.

If you have Steam Controller, you can also pair it with your Android phone/tablet, but a wide range of Bluetooth controllers are compatible with Steam Link app, so you can go ahead and try it out if you don't have Valve's Steam Controller.


Then, you must connect your Android phone/tablet to your local computer running Steam, but in order to achieve a seamless experience, a connection over 5GHz Wi-Fi or wired ethernet is required.

You'll even be able to adjust the settings for better performance quality from the advanced settings menu option. 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.

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.

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14 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

I hate waiting. Give me it now!

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

While it's neat that it's coming to all Android devices. I'm already occasionally playing my PC games on my Shield TV.

3. gamehead unregistered

You're the minority

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I am the minority or am I in the minority?

5. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You're Tom Cruise in the minority report.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

lol I wish.

10. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

I suppose it means you don''t need to install additional software from nvidia on your PC. That's so long as it works anyway.

7. acme64

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

wish this worked over the internet, i have no need to stream a game from a desktop i'm already in the same room with. Remotely is where this would get any use.

8. japkoslav

Posts: 1497; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I certainly will test it, but holly latency Batman, it might not be pretty.

9. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Whats the input lag like?

11. japkoslav

Posts: 1497; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

>40ms for sure. 40ms is for LAN connection.

12. Zoenphlux

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

I was excited thinking they meant you could stream over wifi/LTE. I don't mind a downgrade in visuals. You're talking a 6-10" screen for crying out loud. You can barely tell the difference between 480p and 1080p from normal viewing lol (on a phone anyway).

13. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 179; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

Well in that case... I can't tell the difference between my HTC Evo and my essential phone :rolleyes:

14. Godfather

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

I installed the Steam Link on my Nvidia Shield Pro and I can tell you that it functions better than GeForce GameStream but caps at 1080p where as in GameStream I get 4K with HDR feature on my living room TV.

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