Code points to streaming capabilities coming to Steam

Code points to streaming capabilities coming to Steam

Once again we have a hint that cloud streaming functionality might be coming to Steam.

Data miner Pavel Djundik broke the news on Twitter (below) – as spotted by VG247 – pointing out that the latest beta for the Steam client beta contains references to "Steam cloud gaming." It would seem that Valve is implementing timed trials on games, which can likely be tried via this new service. Djundik also suggests that whatever Steam introduces could be usable with Nvidia's GeForce Now service, with references to the hardware giant in the code.

This follows hints in November 2019 that Valve might be working on some kind of streaming platform for its storefront. At the time, code said that development and publishing partners had to agree to a new 'Cloud Gaming Addendum' which was sent to Steam's API.

Cloud streaming is a sector that many games giants are pursuing right now. Google launched its Stadia platform in November 2019, though it's unclear how well that's performing, while Microsoft is slowly ramping up a beta for its own Project xCloud service.

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