Steam's remote library management now out of beta


— 6:00 AM on May 17, 2012

Stuck at work and eager to try a new game as soon as you get home? Too lazy to get out of bed to start a game download? Good news, then: Steam's remote library management feature has come out of beta.

We told you all about the feature when it became available for the beta Steam client a couple of weeks back. Now that the feature is out of beta, it also works with Steam apps for Android and iOS. Here's a brief how-to, in Valve's words:

To kick off a remote download, simply visit your Games list on the Steam Community site, which can be accessed from your own profile using a web browser or the Steam mobile app on iOS or Android. If logged into the latest update of the Steam client on a PC or Mac, there you’ll see which games are currently installed, and have the ability to install others from your library. Or, seamlessly complete your online purchase with remote installation: When a remote session is detected, the Steam store will ask whether you'd like to download your new purchases immediately.

This feature has the added benefit of making Steam for iOS and Android slightly less unnecessary. (I'm still holding out for some mobile game releases from Valve.) In any case, considering the ever-increasing download sizes of today's PC games, the remote downloads feature is a nice addition to an already-great game distribution platform.

   
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