Steam is a household name – at least when it comes to gaming. Since its first release in 2003, Valve's popular distribution platform is one of the top addresses for anyone who wants to download and install games on their PC so players can play the biggest games without having to buy physical copies in the store. And now, thanks to the recently released Steam Link Beta, players can stream their entire Steam Games library directly to compatible Android devices.
The process is pretty straightforward and after setting up you can play games on your computer Android device that uses a Steam controller, an Xbox controller or a number of other compatible peripherals to make gameplay less tedious.
To start streaming, connect your PC and Android device to the same Wi-Fi network, which is one of the basic requirements for the feature. Then start Steam on your computer and login as usual with your account name and password.
Next, go to the Google Play Store on your Android device and download the Steam Link app. Launch the app after installation, select whether you want to pair a Steam Controller or another controller, and perform the pairing process. The app will guide you through the pairing process if you use an official Steam Controller. Otherwise, you will need to consult the user manual for your controller for specific pairing instructions. Remember, however, that most of the time you only need to enable Bluetooth on both devices to enter pairing mode.
If you have connected your controller properly, select your PC from the list of available options on the following screen. This will display some relevant information about your network. Tap Start Playing on the left as soon as you are satisfied with your connection, and then use the toolbar at the top of the results page to navigate to your Steam Library . Then just select the game you want to stream on your Android device and tap Play at the top!
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