Valve: No short-term plans to add game-streaming to Steam

Posted By | On 12th, Jul. 2012 Under News | Follow This Author @KartikMdgl


Valve has revealed that it has no short-term plans to add game-streaming to Steam. Jason Holtman, Valve business development director revealed this at an industry conference Develop.

“Though “those [technologies] are really interesting to us, they’re not in our short-term plans,” he said, as reported by Gamespot.

Team Fortress 2 designer Robin Walker added: “We love cloud gaming and we think we do it already… you can think of it as just a way of using a back-end structure [for gaming].”

He mentioned that he places customer experience ahead of anything else.

“We’re not so excited by distribution. We’re excited by a change in customer experience… the exciting thing about Steam is that we can deliver new experiences, iterate on our games much faster.”

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  • Why

    That would be like Gamestop renting games. Streaming games is a very capital intensive process, and Steam’s current customers would have no use for such a service, so it could only be useful targeting console gamers and those who are unable to afford a PC to play the latest games at high resolutions (and lets not fool ourselves into thinking that PC games need to be played on max settings, we live in a post-crysis world here, small reductions in visual quality equate to large improvements in playability).

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