A Year Late
The year 2018 was fun for Android users when Valve released an official Steam Link mobile app. This app lets users stream Steam games on their mobile devices. However, Apple phones were left out, due to the app being an Android exclusive.
During its initial release, Valve said that Apple gave a go signal, and then retracted the approval of the app for later. The reason cited by the tech giant was ‘business conflicts’. They further said the app violated several of Apple’s guidelines.
Steam Link Now on App Store!
Now, though nothing happened for a year, the Steam Link app is finally accessible on iOS. “The Steam Link app allows gamers to experience their Steam library of games on Apple (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV) devices while connected via 5Ghz network or wired Ethernet to a host computer running Steam”, Valve has said in an email to Kotaku.
Here are the requirements, and specifications to get the best performance, according to Valve.
- 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 the 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
Valve has advised players that the app supports Steam controllers, and Mfi controllers as well, which means ease of use for mobile players everywhere.
iOS Users Joining In
We can only speculate on the reason for the change of heart by Apple. But whatever the case, users who have been on the watch for Steam Link in their iOS device can now enjoy it, even though it comes a year late.