Now You Can Play Steam Games on Apple iPhone, iPad & TV
A new update released today to Valve’s free Steam Link app allows users to stream games on Apple iPhone, iPad and TV.
On Apple hardware, the Steam Link app is supported on any iPhone or iPad running iOS 11.0 or higher and on Apple TV running tvOS 11.0 or higher.
The release of the app comes about a year after it was originally rejected from the Apple App Store due to “business conflicts.”
To use the app and play games from your library on an Apple device you just have to pair an MFI or Steam controller to the Apple device and connect to a computer (Windows, Mac, or Linux) running Steam on the same local network.
Valve says 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 app uses the Steam Remote Play technology that’s utilized in the Steam Link hardware. H.264 video is encoded in real-time and sent over a custom low-latency network protocol. On a 5GHz network, the Steam Link app targets a resolution of 1080p at 60 frames-per-second.
The Steam Link app also supports the Steam Controller and other input devices using Bluetooth.
On Android devices the app is still in beta so Valve can “do more exhaustive testing.” It’s worth noting however, that while you can purchase games on Android devices you are not able to on iOS or tvOS.