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Published on January 30th, 2012 | by Brandon

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Hands-on with the New Steam Mobile App

In the quest to show everyone why Steam is still the best digital distribution game in town, Valve recently released an iOS/Android app to bring Steam to mobile devices. The new app allows you to carry around in your pocket many of the features we know and love from the Steam desktop client. Let’s dive in and take a look at it, shall we?

Upon opening the app, you can tap the button at the top-left to expand a navigation pane with some options that should look very familiar. The Community, Store, and News Feeds categories are nearly identical to the Steam desktop client; the only category missing is (obviously) the game library.

The shopping interface has a straightforward layout, complete with the carousel gallery of featured titles at the top. You can browse categories to see new and popular games, check out Steam sales, and search individual titles. Now you’ll really have no excuse for missing out on those crazy limited time deals!

You can also view your friends list to see what they’re playing, and touching a friend’s name leads you to their detail page (pictured above). Very similar to the desktop experience, you can view a friend’s profile information, recently played games, friends/groups in common, wishlist, and more. One of the best features is that you can now chat with your Steam friends on the go!

You can download the Steam mobile app right now from the iOS App Store or the Android Market. However, the app is still in limited beta for now, so you can’t access it immediately without an invite. If you’d like to get into the limited beta, just download the app to your mobile device and attempt to sign in; Valve will flag your account to show that you’re interested, and you may receive a beta invite shortly thereafter. (For what it’s worth, I got an invite within 24 hours.)

So there you have it: a quick look at the new Steam mobile app. Given that the app is still in beta, I’m very impressed with the functionality Valve has built in so far. Aside from not being able to see or access anything regarding my game library, I didn’t notice any glaring defects or missing features. The ability to chat with friends while away from one’s gaming PC should come as a boon to social gamers who like to stay connected at all times, and everyone will appreciate the ability to check Steam sales wherever they are.

I can’t help but think that this new venture puts Steam that much further ahead of the rest of the competition. Your move, Origin?

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10 Responses to Hands-on with the New Steam Mobile App

  1. leWERD says:

    Woaahh. What’s up with all those numbers at the top. I want those numbersssssssssss.

  2. AndrewHume1 says:

    “I’ll let you get back to train simulator”
    lost my shit

  3. Wheelzz says:

    Thats really cool. Another reason to love valve. Maybe somebody on here can correct me but theres some sort of app (dont think its from valve) that allows you to view what your Steam friends are playing but you cant chat, view store or anything like that. Im not sure what is is though. A friend of mine used to use it a lot!

  4. Trikay says:

    Add Trikay on Steam if you want a beta invite for the app.

  5. Johnsblackrooster says:

    Nice job on the article voltron

  6. Dex says:

    I’m pretty sure I’ve already got you on Steam, Trikay, but I’d love an invite. Check your friends list for CunTacular!.

    I was very disappointed to see that it was beta-only by invite for the Android version of the app. =(

  7. TrippingBowser says:

    Yeah I’m in the beta and the app is sweet. If having access to the steam store and seeing all your friends status wasn’t cool enough they have chat. It will become one of my most used mobile apps very soon.

  8. bradzab1123 says:

    Too bad it’s not compatible with iPod Touch 2G.

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Brandon started his PC gaming days playing Doom II (IDDQD/IDKFA for life) and has been hooked on online gaming since the original Starsiege: Tribes. The way to his heart is through proper grammar, corn dogs, and cookie cake.


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