Today, Valve has officially released the Steam Link app for iOS. We have already managed to check how everything works.
How to setup
1 . Download Steam Link in the App Store .
2 . For normal operation of the application requires a minimum speed of 10 Mbps. First of all, Steam will check your Wi-Fi.
3 . Select the computer from which the broadcast will be conducted.
4 . We connect to the iPhone Steam Controller, if available, or select the touch control.
By the way, it is not necessary to use the Steam Controller. Fit any compatible MFI-Controller(DualShock 4 will not work with iPhone without jailbreaking).
That’s all. Now you manage your library of games from your smartphone.
How does it feel
I will say right away. Want a clear picture, use 5 GHz Wi-Fi, with a frequency of 2.4 GHz, the image will be divided into pixels, and you will immediately notice it. Below is a good example:
Blurred image at 2.4 GHz
Clear image at 5 GHz
The program itself works amazingly. I have no complaints about the quality of communication.
The picture is clear, 60 FPS are felt even on a small iPhone screen. Feeling as if you just a compact monitor. But this effect can be achieved only with the controller, which you will control the game.
Touch control, expected, terrible . In the shooters with him, you just can not play. Try to hold 3 buttons at the same time – die 1000 times while poking three fingers on the screen and aim.
Check it out. Below is the touch control:
True, here Valve entered literate than Sony. Each button on the screen can be moved and placed in the place where you want. So, in theory, it is possible to customize the control for yourself, but it is very difficult.
To change and add buttons, tap the icon in the upper left corner of the screen. And then simply drag the buttons from the new menu into your work area. And select Done .
And at any time you can change the type of control from touch to controller, mouse or controller + mouse.
Control via Steam Controller:
And if it is very difficult to play with touch controls, then everything is much simpler with the Valve controller. Personally, I did not notice a delay at all .
But this, again, depends on the speed of your home Wi-Fi. At low speeds, rare hangs, slow-motion reactions and the presence of artifacts on the screen are possible.
What did not like
On iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max and iPhone X R , a bar will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. She is not hiding, you cannot get rid of her .
So, reading subtitles is problematic if they are small, as in GTA V. Alas, but for me this is a problem. I think many will agree with me.
Share your impressions in the comments if you already tried Steam Link. Where did you play? From which platform did you broadcast?