Valve launches 'Steam Link Anywhere' in open beta

Goodbye productivity

For those playing games instead of making them, Steam Link is now officially usable outside of home networks, albeit in open beta.

The feature is now in beta and requires a few caveats, but it's still really exciting.

The full list includes virtually any reasonably modern Android-based mobile device with the Steam Link beta app installed and any non-primary computer with Steam downloaded (you won't have to install your games to play). This will let you connect and play your games from anywhere without a local network, but it's limited to users with a high PC upload speed and a strong connection to your Steam Link device. You can do this at the computer itself or you can use a remote desktop app to do it from wherever you might be.

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At this stage Steam Link Anywhere is in early beta and support for it was added in the latest Steam Link beta build - build 688 to be exact. Part of this is better development tools, but more importantly, Valve are letting developers route network traffic through Steam's own infrastructure now.

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

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. The app is still officially in beta, but you can try out the service by visiting the Steam Store. Valve explain the system here, and among the perks for developers are anonymized network traffic (protecting servers and clients from DDOS attacks) and potentially lower pings through Valve's networks.

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