Just days after Apple rejected Valve’s Steam app for iOS, Phil Schiller has responded to a customer’s email on the subject. In his message, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing provides insight on why the app wasn’t accepted while also suggesting the decision could be reversed.
Valve’s app for streaming Steam titles from your gaming rig to iOS and tvOS devices has hit some roadblocks over the in-app purchase business model. Valve has disabled purchasing in the app in the hope that Apple would reconsider its stance down the road.
Developer Aspyr Media announced yesterday that Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for Mac is now available on Steam, just three days after its PC release. The game will be hitting the Mac App Store at a later stage, Aspyr has confirmed. Civilization VI was created by the same team that made Civilization expansions.
The turn-based strategy game challenges you to dominate capitals and woo the world as the new diplomatic leader with improvements like a new research system, enhanced artificial intelligence and more.
Kevin Smith, the developer behind the MAME emulator that allows you to run classic Nintendo and Sega games, as well as play arcade games on your fourth-generation Apple TV, is back with another cool software: an unofficial client that can stream Steam games from a Windows PC to Apple’s new box.
The solution takes advantage of an iOS edition of Moonlight, an open source implementation of Nvidia’s GameStream technology used by its Shield console.
Moonlight technology makes it possible to stream the full collection of Steam games from a PC to the new Apple TV without needing to run on the Apple TV hardware.
Although I’m far from being a hardcore gamer, and even less so of a PC gamer, my ears perked up when I heard about Moonlight compatibility on iOS on Reddit. Moonlight lets your stream games from your PC to external devices. With Moonlight for iOS, this means that you can stream your full collection of Steam games to your iPhone or iPad.
Moonlight itself is an open-source Nvidia GameStream client that lets PC owners equipped with the proper hardware to stream games to other computers and Android tablets. An official iOS client is coming, but you can try it now if you’re jailbroken.
Video game development and digital distribution company Valve is taking Twitch head on with Steam Broadcasting, its own game streaming platform which went live Tuesday via an updated Steam desktop app.
Currently in beta, Steam Broadcasting lets you watch friends play and show off your best moves in games. Streaming is supported across a range of resolutions, from the low-resolution 480p to HD-ready 720p and all the way up to Full HD 1080p, dependent on the speed and reliability of your Internet connection.