Steam Link comes to iOS without Steam Store functionality [Updated]


[Update (12:07 pm): Ars testing has discovered an important difference between the new iOS Steam Link app and the Android version that has been available for over a year. When streaming to an iOS device, Steam launches in a specialized version of Big Picture mode where a user’s Game Library is the only available selection. On Android, by contrast, a generalized remote desktop connection offers the usual access to Steam’s Community, Chat, and, crucially, the Store interface (see examples in the gallery below).

Apple has long required that apps selling digital content give Apple a 30 percent cut for anything sold directly through the app. That decision led many app makers to direct users to make purchases and subscriptions outside their iOS apps. But Apple has cracked down on direct links to outside store purchases within its apps.

(Thanks to Golem.de for the tip)]

Original Story

Valve’s mobile Steam Link app, which lets users stream PC games to other screens inside and outside the home, is now available on Apple’s iOS and tvOS App Stores.

The news comes almost a year after Apple revoked its approval for the Steam Link app to run on Apple hardware, citing what Valve said were “business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team.” Apple and Valve have not responded to a request for comment on what exactly changed in the intervening time period.

As we said in our review last year, the Steam Link app works acceptably well if you have the 5Ghz wireless router that’s close to the target device. Even then, you may notice some screen-tearing and stuttering on high-res games that require the most video bandwidth.

The Steam Link app is a replacement for Valve’s dedicated Steam Link hardware, which was quietly discontinued late last year after its late 2015 debut. Game streaming through Steam is also available on Android devices and any computer running the Steam client.



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