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Valve’s new Steam Link update lets you stream anywhere

Steam Link streaming moves beyond the home network

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Valve is offering a new way for Steam users to stream their games from a home computer. An update for Steam Link, dubbed Steam Link Anywhere, now lets users stream games from their gaming PC to another device over an internet connection.

Previously, streaming games via Steam Link required both the PC and the device it was streaming to to be on the same home network. Steam Link Anywhere, now in beta, moves streaming of Steam games outside of the home.

There are some restrictions, of course. The Steam Link Anywhere update currently supports the dedicated (and discontinued) Steam Link hardware, a Rasperry Pi running Steam Link software, and Android devices via the Steam Link app. “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.

Valve’s move to expand PC game streaming via Steam Link comes as Google is expected to announce a major game streaming effort at next week’s Game Developers Conference; and shortly after Microsoft showed off a new demo of its Project xCloud streaming service in an episode of Inside Xbox.

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