Valve has started the closed beta testing phase of a new Steam App for both Android and iOS devices. While the device won't let you do too much beyond being social with your Steam friends and mucking about with your account, it's a first step into the world of mobile devices for Valve's popular PC games distribution platform.
The Steam smartphone app lets you chat it up with friends, view screenshots from games, browse the various community groups, read the Steam news feed and check out all the latest Steam sales. To get in on the beta, simply download the app and sign in with your account information. Of course, Valve will have to give you the okay to use it, but they are ramping up the amount of testers ever day.
So why would Valve create such an app? Because users asked for it, according to Valve.
"The Steam app comes from many direct requests from our customers," commented Valve boss Gabe Newell. "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."
Download the app here.