Steam has released a significant update on its Steam Link App that will greatly enhance its functionality by allowing you to access Steam games wherever you have an Internet connection.
This link update is designed to update the original Steam Link app (which allows users to stream their Steam games on home networks) and extend it so that users can access Steam libraries on any compatible device wherever they have the right Internet access. This last part is worth stressing that the only way you are going to be able to take advantage of this feature is if the host computer you are streaming from and the device you are streaming both benefit from a strong network connection.
If, however, you can meet these conditions, then you should be able to access your entire steam library wherever you can roam. This is definitely a tempting offer. Imagine being able to take the Steam library with you everywhere and make your gaming laptop phone. It's a promise that sounds too good to be true.
While this is true, in theory, there are some more catches that you need to know. First, this app update is in beta only. This means that anyone who tries to use it is going to deal with the possibility of some technical malfunctions and other unexpected problems. Second, this app currently only works on Android, Raspberry Pi, and Steam Link devices. Unfortunately, Apple will not give Valve permission to launch the application on iOS.
You have to believe that the timing of this release stands out as Google is preparing to unveil what many believe will be cloud streaming service and Microsoft is still working on their xCloud service. In addition, you have competitors as Shadow offers compelling alternatives to traditional gaming devices.
The market is going to get pretty crowded, but if Valve can really make individual portable steam libraries really using a cloud, it will lead to a huge over a lot of its competition.