Steam and Apple, after a tumultuous history together, seem to have made peace and Steam Link is finally on iOS through the App Store. Apple TV and iOS users can use the program to stream Steam games from their PC to their device, as well as utilize Steam controllers or other devices to play.
The two entities have clashed in the past over Steam moving into the iOS space. Apple removed Steam Link from the App Store last year and denied an appeal. According to a Valve press release at the time, Apple revoked the approval due to business conflicts with app guidelines which had allegedly not been realized by the review team. It also makes a little sense that one App Store might be reticent to allow another store access to its user base.
Now, the streaming program is available on the App Store so you can stream Skyrim from the comfort of your couch, bed, or wherever. Streaming works on Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV) and needs a 5Ghz network or wired connection to a host computer running steam. It essentially serves the same function as Steam Link boxes, with the added benefit of streaming to your phone if the Wi-Fi is good enough.
The App Store listing also specifies needing to be on a local network, which is strange considering the recent Link upgrade to allow streaming to any PC to remote play games. That feature could come eventually, but might also be a stipulation of Valve and Apple's agreement. Still, I already love the idea of playing XCOM 2 on my phone.
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