Valve Launches Steam Beta With Chat, Profiles, News For iPhone, Android
Half-Life, Counter-Strike and Portal may not be available on your iPhone just yet, but developer Valve has taken its first steps towards mobile devices with the beta release of the Steam app for iOS and Android.
The Steam app requires users to be part of Valve’s beta, which you automically register your interest for when you download the app and login to your account. Hit the links to download it for free on iOS or Android.
If you’re granted access, the Steam app enables you to “chat with Steam friends, browse community groups and user profiles, view screenshots and user-generated content for their favorite games, read the latest gaming news, stay up to date on unbeatable Steam sales, and more,” according to Valve.
“The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers,” added Valve boss Gabe Newell. “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.”
More users will be added to the beta as as testing continues, Valve added.
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