Steam Link Anywhere lets you take your PC gaming with you – Ars Technica

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Steam Link Anywhere lets you take your PC gaming with you – Ars Technica

You can take it with you —

Move comes as Google, Sony expand game streaming options.


This kind of streaming setup now works anywhere with a good enough Internet connection, not just in the house.
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This kind of streaming setup now works anywhere with a good enough Internet connection, not just in the house.

In a major expansion to its years-old in-home game-streaming efforts, Valve announced today that Steam users can now stream games from their PC gaming libraries to devices outside the home as well.

The Steam Link Anywhere program, launched in beta today, lets users stream games from “any computer running Steam” to:

The only requirements for today’s “early beta” release,

according to the announcement

, are that “your computer has good upload speed and your Steam Link device has a good network connection.” Those are imprecise terms, of course, but Steam’s in-home streaming has previously

shown a pretty good ability to scale visual quality up and down

based on network conditions.

Valve’s announcement comes just days before Google is expected to

announce its own streaming gaming service and hardware

at next week’s Game Developers Conference. But that service will likely mirror other subscription services like

GeForce Now

or

PlayStation Now

, which stream a selection of games running on powerful centralized servers. Steam Link Anywhere is more akin to

Nvidia’s GameStream service

, which essentially lets your home gaming rig serve as the server to stream games you already own.

Just last week, Sony released new PS4 firmware allowing users to stream PS4 games to their iOS devices, expanding a capability that was already available on Android and the PlayStation Vita.

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