PC gamers have reason to be cheerful this morning following Valve Software’s release of a Steam app for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.
Rather than allowing users to play games, the apps are aimed at enhancing interaction with the Steam community while smartphone owners are on the move.
“Chat with your Steam friends, browse community groups and user profiles, read the latest gaming news and stay up to date on unbeatable Steam sales,” proclaims Steam’s Android Market description.
In reality, this means you can text chat with your clans and others in your Friends list but not much else.
It’s likely that Valve is using this opportunity to dip its toes into mobile waters with a view to adding gaming functionality in the future, similarly to the way Microsoft released its social Xbox Live app for iOS users.
Valve’s Steam app is available for free download from the Android Market.
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