31 October 2019
If the gaming industry is hyped about something the most in recent times then it has to be cloud game streaming. Almost all the big players including Google, Sony PlayStation, NVIDIA, Ubisoft, and Microsoft have their own services offering the functionality with most of them in the testing phase for now. And now, a new leak suggests Valve is all set to join the club as well.
The information has been shared by Steam Database, a platform dedicated to tracking changes made to Valve and Steam. It spotted a new code change on the Valve website which has a "Steam Cloud Gaming Addendum" reference. It can be seen by searching for the term "Steam Cloud Gaming Addendum" on the website or by simply visiting Steam Database's Github page.
Valve is working on "Steam Cloud Gaming" according to partner site code update. Partners will need to sign an addendum to their terms.— Steam Database (@SteamDB) November 6, 2019
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The addendum is what all the partners will have to sign if they would want to be a part of Valve's cloud gaming service. This is standard practice for the usage of any product or service when brands and app/game publishers work together. But as far as details about this new game streaming service are concerned, there is no information available out there yet.
It is hard to say what exactly Valve has in store for Steam players but we can expect it to be somewhat similar to what we have seen with the likes of Google Stadia, Microsoft Project xCloud, PlayStation Now, EA, and GeForce Now. It means Steam players should be able to stream games from anywhere and on any device. The latter is part is crucial as it will eliminate the need for spending a fortune on a high-end graphics card. It will allow users to play AAA gaming titles even on a basic notebook.
These are merely speculations at this point and we will have to wait either for more leaks or an official announcement from Valve. Either way, we will make sure to keep you updated as soon as any new details emerge.