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PCs, Macs and Linux computers running Steam can now connect to Steam Link devices over the wider internet, instead of being limited to a local network.

Known as Steam Link Anywhere, the new feature is now in beta and will let users play his or her Steam library from any computer supporting Steam. "A high upload speed from your computer and strong network connection to your Steam Link device are required to use Steam Link Anywhere", Valve said. That's because Apple has already rejected Steams attempts to get the Steam Link app into the App Store, saying that it represents "business conflicts" presumably because Apple is anxious about people playing PC games rather than those from the App Store.

The update is set to hit Steam Link hardware and apps today, though it'll require users to opt into a beta build dated March 13 or later. I confirmed that I could stream from my gaming PC to my mobile phone using mobile data. Pairing instructions should pop up by then, and all that's left to do is follow them.

In order to access the beta, you'll need to opt-in to the Steam client beta on desktop and have the latest version installed. However, the devices no longer need to be connected to the same network for it to work.

The Steam Link app launched on Android almost a year ago, but there were some restrictions with it.

KitGuru Says: Valve will have a few Steam related announcements next week during GDC. You'll be given a four digit code to pair the two devices, and Steam will then run a bandwidth test, starting at 5mbps and going all the way up to 100mbps.

Valve has likewise released the Steam Networking Sockets APIs that are presently accessible to amusement engineers as a component of the Steamworks SDK v1.44 release.


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