Valve and its partners from the Collabora company unveiled recently that the app Steam Link is now available for operating systems based on Linux to help users stream Steam games from any other PC in their home.
This feature was originally available on the Steam Link hardware which was discontinued in 2018 and with which Valve later replaced it with the standalone app.
The idea is that it allows you to stream Steam content from one PC to another or to a different device like an Android phone. Previously, the app was only compatible with Windows, iOS, Android, or Raspberry Pi, but that now ends with this week's official announcement, which adds traditional Linux desktops to the existing possibilities.
Launched by Valve a few years ago, the Steam Link app is available for free for Android, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Raspberry Pi devices to allow you to stream your Steam games to phones, tablets, and televisions.
Valve has updated its "Remote Play Together" feature, that allows you to stream games to a computer over the Internet. It is the Steam system that allows you to host a game on a local computer and invite other people to join, without them needing to own the game.
Esto is a way to transform local games in cooperative / multiplayer mode on an online support and play with others. This is very useful because there are some amazing titles that are not compatible with online play.
Last week, Valve introduced a way that allows you to play with friends who don't have Steam accounts, is the new "Remote Play Together - Invite Anyone" system.
Steam Link with Invite Anyone use Steam Link to allow people without a Steam account join a game hosted by someone else.
Once other players have submitted your link, it will only take a few seconds for everything to load. It works surprisingly well too, although it depends on how the game handles input and your network. Some games are not very good with the system, but others are perfect.
Now you can play with as many friends without a Steam account as you want, depending on the number of other players supported by the game and the bandwidth of your network. If your device doesn't have Steam Link installed, they will later end up seeing something like the screen below asking them to go download it:
Thanks to the Collabora developers, the Steam Link app is now available for systems Linux 64 bits as an application in Flatpak format which you can install on any GNU / Linux distribution from Flathub.
The application will allow you to stream Steam games to Linux computers from Windows or Mac computers, running Valve's Steam client. This new version of Linux means that you can now stream games from a computer to a Linux-based set-top box connected to a television, for example.
To start streaming Steam games from other computers, all you need is the Steam Link app and a wireless network (one that Valve strongly recommends using a wired network for streaming games), if the device running Steam is not detected, go to "Other Computers" and enter a PIN in Steam> Settings> Remote Play on the other computer running the Steam client.
Of course, a compatible controller will also need to be connected for a better gaming experience. Once the Steam Link app is installed and connected to the other computer on your home network, you can start playing Steam games on Linux.
Finally, for those who are interested in being able to obtain the Steam Link application for Linux, they can do so from Flathub.
Or for those who prefer to install directly from a terminal, they can do so by typing the following command:
flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.SteamLink
If you want to know more about it, you can consult the following link.