Monday , September 21 2020

Steam now lets you invite iOS and Android devices to join computer multiplayer games remotely


Last month, Valve released a beta version of Steam Remote Play Together that lets you play local multiplayer games online with your friends on Windows, Linux, and MacOS computers. Today, Remote Play Together is officially available to everyone, with what could be a really exciting new feature – you can play with your friends using iOS and Android devices as well.

According to Valve, the host player only needs to install and launch the game, and friends on the PC can join via Steam Remote Play or mobile with the Steam Chat and Steam Link apps. Only the host should own the game, which is nice.

We haven't been able to test Remote Play with iOS and Android clients yet, so we don't know if network latency can be a problem when playing an action-packed game. It will probably depend on the host's Internet connection and how far they live. But in the promotional stream Valve hosts to show the function in action, it seems pretty smooth. As I watched, two players were playing Glass, and I noticed only a few tiny droplets of frames here and there. (And some of these drops may be from the stream itself.)

Steam is also selling multiplayer games to celebrate the launch of the new feature. The sale runs until Monday, November 25 at 1 pm ET.

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