Steam Cloud Play Enters Beta With Support For GeForce Now
Steam Cloud Play is starting off with “a limited amount of games” as the team continues to build features and server capacity. The first service leveraging Steam Cloud Play is indeed GeForce Now, which launched earlier this year and allows users to play games from their Steam Library from ‘the cloud’. With cloud gaming services becoming increasingly popular, any platform worth their salt will be looking at ways to take on the likes of Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud so it’s no surprise that Steam has now entered the fray.
Valve also seems aware of the troubles Nvidia faced with developers regarding GeForce Now. When Nvidia began charging customers for that service, multiple studios and publishers pulled their support. Like many fans, Valve is characterizing cloud gaming as a Steam user playing their game on any other PC.
Steam documentation reads:
“These cloud services enable Steam users to play their Steam library in the cloud, one game at a time, like they can on their local PC,”.
“Developers must manually opt-in the games they wish to make available on GeForce Now.”
This is also part of Nvidia’s efforts to build an opt-in button into various platforms. Nvidia said back in April that is part of its plan to ensure ongoing support from developers.
At this juncture, Steam is asking developers to manually opt-in their games if they want to be part of the new service there aren’t any clues as to when we might see a finished platform. Yes, Steam might be late to the party on this one, but watching and learning from its competitor’s launches coupled with its already-established clout with gamers means Steam’s eventual offering could give the likes of Stadia and xCloud a serious run for their money.
Steam Cloud Play is now an official part of the Steamworks documentation, which all developers releasing on Steam need to read in order to make the most out of Valve’s features.