Valve has expanded its Steam Link app by porting it to iOS devices, so you can now stream your Steam library to any iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV device. Along with the announcement, Valve also released the required specs for running the app:
- iPhone or iPad using iOS 10 or higher
- Computer running Steam – Windows, Mac, or Linux
- iOS device must be on the same local network as the computer running Steam
For best performance:
- Connect your computer using Ethernet to your 5Ghz WiFi router
- Connect your iOS device to the 5GHz band of your WiFi network
- Keep your iOS device within a reasonable range of your router
The Steam Link was an early attempt to pioneer game streaming way, way back in 2015 before anyone else got in the game. However, the Steam Link device was notoriously laggy, and many of Steam’s games were designed for keyboard and mouse with absolutely no controller mapping support. Which pretty much killed the Steam Link before it got off the ground. However, Valve didn’t give up on the idea, and now we’ve got the Steam Link app. It’s been available on Android for about a year with mostly positive reviews.
And now the Steam Link app is available on iOS so you can pair an MFI or Steam controller to your device, connect to a computer running Steam on the same local network, and start playing your Steam games on your phone.
The difficulty with the Steam Link setup is that it requires you to connect to a computer on the same local network, which means you can’t quite mobile game to your hearts content if you’re outside the local network.
You know, where you’d most want to use your Steam library on a phone.