Valve’s online game download service, Steam, may be coming to mobile devices. The possibility stems from a forum conversation between a Steam gamer Valve’s president Gabe Newell, who said that in addition to looking into Android/iOS platform development, the service will also be adding a video recorder for capturing those precious game moments. Steam’s service, expanded from Windows PC to Mac last year, and it’s pretty certain that they’re watching things like NVidia’s Tegra Zone to see how widespread mobile gaming can get. And with the future of multi core processors, the timing may be right for the download service to toss their hat into the gaming app ring.
After a little “sneak peek” we sat down to talk about Steam and other goings on in Valve. During this chat he confirmed that Steam will get a video recorder very soon, also he said they were looking into the iOS/Android platform for possible expansions with Steam. He also said that the Source film maker is in the pipeline for a public release.
Hard Core gamers love steam, as it allows them to buy games online right away and play them. They can also get updates automatically for all games Steam offers. Users can try out new releases and even expose themselves to indie games. Users can also enjoy a gaming community where users play online and chat with friends.
Steam breathed new life into the Mac platform as a viable gaming option last May when Steam for Mac was introduced. They also released an SDK so that developers could iron out platform differences and adapt top gaming titles. With that success, could Android gaming developers have yet another outlet to offer their games? Or would it be just another small fish in a big pond dominated by the Market and Amazon AppStore? It’ll certainly be interesting to find out.