A closed beta for Valve’s Steam mobile application (app) for iOS and Android devices launched today. The Steam application allows players to chat with friends, browse community groups, user profiles, view screenshots, and lots more.
Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve Corporation said “The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers,”
Read more for more information about the Steam mobile application and eight screenshots.
Update! 31/01/12: The beta is now available for all Steam users. For more information go here.
I been using this application quite a bit and its pretty good for what it aims to do. Sure you can’t check your games library and play games but anything else Steam can do on PC you can now do on your mobile. It is still in beta so some of the features don’t fully work let.
“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.”
If anyone wants to join the beta, simply download the free application on one of your capable iOS or Android devices and sign into your Steam account. Valve have said sers will be added to the closed beta as the service gets increased in size and scope.
I have cut the pictures up in to smaller pieces to make seeing each one easier. The actual application fits a phone screen naturally like you would expect an application to do so.
It looks kind of neat so far and its good to see Valve making the most of the technology available to get more to their customers. You wont likely be able to play many games from the Steam mobile application unless there mobile specific but you will undoubtedly be able to buy games from your phone so the next time you are on your PC you can play them. That is just one of the examples of how this application could be useful for people.
Now I just need to try it out more myself.