Valve has announced plans to enable streaming of games from Steam library to devices running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems.
The Steam Link app will be available from May 21st and they have confirmed the Apple TV and other smart TV platforms will be capable of running Steam Link – effectively eliminating the need for Valve’s Steam Link hardware device.
There will also be a new Steam Video app which will come in the summer that will let users watch movies and shows that are available on Steam.
In related news, Apple has announced it plans to start selling subscriptions to popular services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, Showtime, and others directly through its ‘TV App’ on its Apple TVs reports Bloomberg.
Apple was one of the first to incorporate purchasing of accounts to those services without a cable subscription (via iTunes accounts) several years ago, but required users to subscribe individually to each service.
The update to the TV App will now offer a central location for TV and film watchers to subscribe to and access all their services – once users have chosen something they want to see, the associated streaming app will open and immediately start playing.
Apple is expecting its services business to generate $50 billion a year in revenue by 2021.
Source: US Gamer