GAMING BLEND

Steam Mobile App Now Available To Public

By Pete Haas 2012-01-31 11:14:58 discussion comments
Well, that was quick. The closed beta for Steam's mobile app, announced last week, has drawn to a close. The app is now available on iOS and Android to gamers worldwide.

The mobile Steam app allows players to stay plugged into Valve's digital gaming platform. They can chat with their Steam friends, check community groups and user profiles, and check out screenshots and other user-generated content. Gamers will also be able to stay up on the latest gaming news, including Steam discounts.

"The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers," said Valve's Gabe Newell last week. "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."

There's no mention of whether you can buy games through this app. It seems like a natural feature: you could spot a discount, pay for the game, and then queue it up for download on your computer later. If the app can't do it yet, I could see Valve adding that utility at a later date.

You can get the Steam app by heading here. After downloading it, sign into your Steam account and you're all set.
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