Friday, January 27, 2012
Steam reaches mobile through Android and iOS app
Valve’s popular cloud-based PC gaming platform Steam will now be accessible from your iOS and Android-based mobile phone, according to a press release sent out today by Valve.
You won´t be able to play out your favorite PC games on your phone but thats not the purpose. The ideia is for you to be able to track Steam sales anywhere from your phone and check out the latest Steam bargains that apear once in a while. It will also allow you to chat with friends, view profiles, screenshots and user generated content.
From the press release:
“The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers,” said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. “Seeing which of your friends are online and playing a game, sending quick messages, looking at screenshots for an upcoming game, or catching a sale – these are all features customers have requested. Mobile is changing way people interact, play games and consume media, and the Steam app is part of our commitment to meet customer demands and expand the service functionality of Steam to make it richer and more accessible for everyone.”
To be considered for inclusion in the beta, users should log into their steam account from the app, which is available for free via the iTunes App Store and the Android Market. Valve says that more and more users will be signed up for the beta as time passes.
With a marketplace brimming with great games to browse on the go, the introduction of the app is a wise move by Steam who must be salivating at the prospect of all those smartphone-owning impulse buyers.