In anticipation of next week's game developer conference in San Francisco, Valve is adding some new features to its Steam digital gaming platform. One of them seems quite intriguing: Steam Link Anywhere. And the second, the Steam Networking Sockets API, promises online gamers to play multiplayer games faster and with more secure connections.
Steam Link Anywhere is an extension of the Steam Link feature that allows you to connect to your computer and play games wherever you are. It is now available in early beta. The service is available for free for all Steam users via Steam Link hardware or the Steam Link app, and can be used to connect to any Steam-based computer, said Valve.
The Steam Link Anywhere feature will automatically be deployed for hardware clients with beta firmware, the Android Steam Link beta app, and the Raspberry Pi Steam Link app. Once users have received the update and opted for the beta version of the Steam Client dated March 11 or later, they can log in by selecting "Other Computer" when searching for computers and selecting following the instructions on the screen.
(Note: High download speed from your computer and a strong network connection with your Steam Link device are required to use Steam Link Anywhere).
Valve also released the Steam Networking Sockets APIs, which allow all Steam developers to access technologies and infrastructures designed to support Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2. This allows developers to relay their traffic from game on Valve's private gaming network, offering players faster and more secure connections.
The service is offered free to Steam developers and much of the API has been open source. You will find a more detailed description of the press release here.
Valve will speak at a conference at GDC 2019 in San Francisco next Thursday.