Valve releases Steam Link app on Apple’s Mac App Store – Ars Technica2 min read

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Valve has introduced a standalone app for Steam Link on Apples macOS App Store, adding a brand-new choice for Mac users who desire to play video games on makers that are typically labeled as poor options for gaming.
Steam Link allows users to stream games from a video gaming PC to a supported device on the same local network and to play those video games with a MFI or Steam controller.
Valve currently used a full Steam app for macOS, but it uses up 1GB of area and has a reputation for being cumbersome. In contrast, the Steam Link app has a minimalist interface that appears to be created with game controller peripherals in mind.
Valve has also formerly used a Steam Link app for iOS and iPadOS, but this is the very first time the company has actually released software through Apples macOS App Store. (The full version of Steam is used as a web download, not an App Store app.).
Video game streaming has had a somewhat turbulent history on Apples mobile platforms, but its been a little rosier on the macOS side. The exact same streaming features that Steam Link offers were already possible through the full Steam app for macOS, GeForce Now has a Mac client, and Mac users have actually long enjoyed the ability to stream PlayStation games with a barebones app.

In general, Mac video gaming has had its ups and downs over the years, and recently, things have been trending down. Apples switch from OpenGL to Metal enabled better efficiency for video games whose designers put in the effort to support it, however weve likewise seen fewer Mac ports of triple-A video games overall recently.
Lots of indies still support the Mac, however, and with the introduction of Macs running CPUs and GPUs that share an architecture with the chips found in iPhones and iPads, Apple has actually opened the door for iOS and iPadOS video games to run natively on more recent Macs.
Our own tests of iOS and iPadOS video games on the M1-equipped Macs that released last year showed things were rather hit-or-miss, with interface issues and other restrictions making for a substandard experience. As a result, macOS presently feels stuck between the 2 vast worlds of PC video gaming and iPhone video gaming, without yet leaning totally into becoming an optimum platform for either.
Steam Link lets users play high-end, modern games on a MacBook Air or the like, as long as they have a sturdy Windows video gaming PC on the same local network.

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