When the Steam Link app was first introduced in 2018, I was impressed. As long as you were on the same network as your PC, you could play your Steam games on your phone. But now it's even more impressive. By enabling a few extra settings, you can play your Steam library on mobile data anywhere in the world.
The new Steam feature, called Play Anywhere, does what the name suggests. Commuting? You can play your PC games. In the park? You can play your PC games. As long as you have a good LTE connection, you can stream your games to your phone. With this feature and a wired or wireless controller, this is the closest thing to any Steamboy we will ever get.
What you need
- computer that can play games connected via Ethernet or 5 GHz Wi-Fi
- strong LTE signal or strong wifi (if you use wifi outdoors)
- Steam desktop client [1
- gaming controller (optional)
Step 1: Download Steam Link
After almost a year of beta on Android ( and a rocky start that forced its removal from the App Store), the stable version of Steam Link is now available for free on both platforms.
You need to get to your computer for the first installation. Make sure that you are logged in to Steam and that it is active. Otherwise you cannot connect.
Also, after you connect, Steam must be running on your PC when you want to play your games on your phone. This means that your PC is on and working before you leave the house. Since your PC renders the game and streams over the internet, it must be on your phone to play.
Now open the Steam Link app on your phone and select & # 39; Getting started & # 39; and you will be asked to connect a controller to your phone. Ideally, you want to connect a wired or wireless controller, because the touch controls overlap the image (as with most mobile games) and remove the visual elements of the game. So tap "Link a Steam controller" or "Link other controllers" and follow the instructions.
Although not all games support controllers, there is a growing library that does. However, none of them is designed for the touch screen, so navigation will be a bit awkward. During my testing I used the Razer Raiju Mobile, which works perfectly for games with controller support.
After connecting a controller (or choosing touch controls), Steam Link automatically scans your network for a PC with Steam. If your PC is found, you will receive a four-digit PIN code that you must enter on your PC.
If Steam Link cannot find your computer, select "Other computers" for a four-digit pin code. Select Steam on your PC (in the top left corner of your screen), choose & # 39; Settings & # 39; from the drop-down menu and then select & # 39; Remote play & # 39 ;. Select "Link Steam Link" and enter the PIN code.
If you have done this correctly, your phone will now display the name of your PC. Select your PC to establish a connection. Steam Link then performs a network test to see how strong (or weak) your connection is. After completing the test, Steam Link will pop-up your bandwidth. Select "OK" and Steam Link will take you to the main page.
Step 4: Enjoy your games on the move
On the main page of the Steam Link app, select & # 39; Start playing & # 39 ;. This will open Steam on your PC in Big Picture mode for easier navigation. Choose your library to find the games you own that you want to play. Navigate to the game you want to play, select "Play" and enjoy your Steam library wherever you want.
Pro-tip: navigate to "Installed" and then choose the filter button (the default controller setting is "Y") and select "Supported controller". This limits your list to games in which controllers are fully supported. This makes playing the game easier and, in some cases, playable.
Because you are streaming a 1080p video from your PC to your phone, this is inherently your data plan . We strongly recommend that you have an unlimited subscription, especially if you plan to use this app regularly. If you have a data hood, keep in mind that this will swallow your data, so plan accordingly.
Even if you use LTE, your connection is probably marked as bad. During my testing I only got a good connection when I went to a nearby park. For most places I had a bad signal and video was barely visible. Hopefully this problem will be solved quickly.
Keep in mind that latency will be a problem. Because you send orders via the Internet, possibly hundreds of miles away, there will be some input lag. Try to stick to games where no precise input is required, otherwise you will not have a pleasant experience.
Finally, while Steam Link will always strive for the resolution of your phone, if the game does not support the resolution of your phone it will not happen. Computer monitor Sand-smartphone varies greatly when it comes to aspect ratios, especially because smartphones have followed the borderless design. Play around with the graphic settings to find the resolution that best fits your phone.
This article was produced during the special coverage of Gadget Hacks about mobile gaming. View the entire Gaming series.