Valve Releases Steam Link To iOS, One Year After Apple’s Initial Rejection

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.

Requirements:

  • 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
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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.

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