Pocket some Steam
Valve have announced the availability of a mobile application version of their Steam games marketplace and social network.
The app is now available for download from both Apple’s App Store and the Android Market. Valve have yet to comment on whether the app will eventually make an appearance on other mobile platforms, such as Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.
Despite being listed in both stores, the program is still in a closed beta testing phase. You can register interest by downloading and attempting to sign in with your Steam credentials; Valve have indicated that more users will be added as the service “ramps up”. Rabidly clicking the button to register ALL THE INTEREST is not advised.
According to the product page on the Steam website, the app will offer a subset of Steam features, including Friends list updates, chat support and the ability to browse and buy games for both Windows and Mac platforms straight from the interface. We’re currently unable to let you know how well any of the touted features work, given that Valve haven’t seen fit to extend us a beta invite, much to our frustration.
Much as we love the hegemonic monstrosity that is Steam, the fact that it’s taking up residence in phones could be disastrous for bank balances nationwide, and in a recession, no less. Have they no conscience?