For years companies have tried to allow all you gamers to play Steam games on your tablets and phones. Until now, they have run into major technical difficulties along the way. These have manifested in the form of lag or insufficient available servers. The most notable company that comes to mind is OnLive – that discontinued all services in 2015.
There are two known ways to play Steam games on your tablet or phone. One is to run it on your PC and stream it to your device. The other way is to physically run it on your device. OnLive started as a streaming company in its first iteration but after suffering scaling issues (due to demand), disappeared into obscurity. It resurfaced in 2014 as a companion app, allowing people to stream games that they already owned onto other devices. Unfortunately, this too was unsuccessful and eventually they sold off all their patents to Sony.
Since then, a lot has changed and a new company has found a way to circumnavigate the issues that made a great idea, in theory, fall on its face.
Play Steam Games on your Tablet / Phone
I’ve been looking into a company called Vortex and they’ve started a very interesting project. With their app, gamers are able to access their full library of games on your tablet or phone. You simply login and start playing – no more lengthy waits for games to download.
Streaming AAA titles would normally be very difficult to do without lag. But it’s made possible due to modern day technology and increased wifi speeds.
Their latest version will allow you to play your favorite titles lag-free while at work or on holiday. There’s no need to take your bulky gaming PC or console with you when traveling.
So How Does It Work?
All you need to do is install the app on your desired device. For phones, tablets, smart TVs and set-top boxes, you’ll simply need to have Android 4.4 or later installed and download the app.
You can also install the desktop app if you are using a PC with Windows 10 installed. For any other version of Windows (or Mac OSX/Linux), there’s a browser-based version for you as well.
There are tons of games already available and more being added. For Dota 2 and League of Legend junkies, these games were added first so you can get your fix from anywhere.