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access_time May 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM in News by Ramon Aranda

Steam Adding Remote Game Installs

Steam has today released a new client beta which reduces the amounts of system memory that is used when downloading game updates.  Along with the beta, Steam added new debug code to diagnose download issues, but without question the biggest addition is remote management.

With remote management, users will be able to remotely download games using any web browser on a separate computer.  Say you’re on your laptop at home or at work, and you decide that you want to download a game when you get back on your PC.  Well with Remote Downloads,  you’ll be able to get the download started so that when you jump on your PC, the game will be ready to go.

Now that is cool!  Especially when you consider that some games take quite a long time to download; so that will save you plenty of time.

To do this, you’ll need to log into your Steam account online from your computer then visit the Games List tab, then going to Community and finally Games.  Then you’ll be able to locate your game and tap the install button to initiate the remote download.

If you have a Steam account, go ahead and give it a whirl at http://store.steampowered.com.


  • Drew Robbins May 2, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    The future is so bright. Wait, that’s not the future; that’s just more incentive for me to stare at my overly bright laptop screen for an even more absurd quantity of time. Cheers, Valve!

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