In May, Apple caused some controversy in the gaming community when it rejected the Valve Steam Link app from the App Store just one day after Valve announced it. Steam Link is now back to iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, but you can download it via this link to iOS.
Steam Link is a free app that lets you stream games from your PC or Mac to your iOS device or Apple TV, as long as you are on the same network. (Neither do you need the physical Steam Link hardware to do this.) You can do this via Wi-Fi, but the valve says you will be best served if your computer is connected to an Ethernet cable. You should also keep your iOS device near your router for the best performance.
When Macworld asked Valve last year why Apple left Steam Link, it told us that "Apple revoked the approval [of Steam Link] and quoted business conflicts with app policies that had apparently not been realized by the original audit team."
Further details appeared in an email from Apple Marketing Manager Phil Schiller, who was posted on Reddit.
"Unfortunately, the assessment team found that Valve's Steam iOS app, which is currently submitted, violates a number of user-generated content policies, app purchases, content codes, etc.," Schiller said.
The basic idea seemed to be the one since Steam Link mainly mirrored what you saw on your PC to your iOS device, you can buy games from Steam without letting Apple get its infamous cut. Apple allegedly did not approve the Steam Link app even after Valve disabled this capability on the IOS version of the app. Tragic, but it definitely sounds like an Apple feature.
But lately the winds have changed. In March, Apple launched its PS4 Remote Play app for iOS, which essentially did the same as Steam Link, but for a PlayStation 4 ̵
I'll try it out (though I suspect it won't be too good on my home connection). I see it as a good move from Apple, especially when trying to make a big name in play with the introduction of Apple Arcade.
It is a pity that there would have been an even smarter movement in May last year.