Valve has launched two new service features for Steam

As the industry prepares for next week’s GDC, Valve has launched two new service features for Steam – Steam Link Anywhere and the Steam Networking Sockets APIs.

Steam Link Anywhere, an extension of the Steam Link functionality that allows you to connect to your computer and play games from anywhere, is now available in early beta. The service is available free of charge to all Steam users through the Steam Link hardware or the Steam Link app, and can be used to connect to any computer running Steam. Note: A high upload speed from your computer and strong network connection to your Steam Link device are required to use Steam Link Anywhere. More information is available here: https://steamcommunity.com/app/353380/discussions/0/3362406825533023360/

Today Valve also released the Steam Networking Sockets APIs, which give all Steam developers access to the technologies and infrastructure built to support CS:GO and Dota 2. This enables you to relay your game traffic over Valve’s private gaming network, giving your players faster and more secure connections. The service is offered free of charge to Steam developers and a large portion of the API has been open-sourced. A more detailed write may be found here: https://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamworks#announcements/detail/1791775741704351698

Available now, these updates and other new features coming to Steam will be discussed at next Thursday’s Steam Platform Update talk at GDC, happening at 12:45 pm in Moscone West Hall 2011.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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