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Steam app launches on iOS/Android

Browse games, chat with friends and check out deals on your phone

Valve has released a new Steam Mobile app for iOS and Android devices.


Before your jaw falls off, it doesn't bring Steam games to mobile, but it does let you interact with Steam in many ways, including browsing the library of games, seeing when your friends are online, what they're playing and messaging.

It'll also let you keep up with Steam's news posts, new sales, check out user profiles and see screenshots and user-generated content for your games.

"The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. "Seeing which of your friends are online and playing a game, sending quick messages, looking at screenshots for an upcoming game, or catching a sale - these are all features customers have requested. Mobile is changing way people interact, play games and consume media, and the Steam app is part of our commitment to meet customer demands and expand the service functionality of Steam to make it richer and more accessible for everyone."

The app is a beta release, and you'll have to register your interest to get in on it. "Those who wish to join the beta just need to download the Steam app (free of charge) and log in to their Steam account via the mobile app to express interest in the beta. Gamers will be added to the Closed Beta as the service ramps up," explains Valve.

You can also take a sneak peak on the official site.