Valve expands Steam’s integration with online streaming services. The company has released new Steamworks developer documentation which details how Steam Cloud Play works. As part of this effort, Steam natively supports Nvidia GeForce Now. This does not mean that all of your Steam games work with this streaming service now. But that means it’s easier for developers to add GeForce Now functionality to their games from Steam’s authoring tools.
“Steam Cloud Play is currently in beta and features are added over time”, reads Steam documentation. “We are now accepting a limited amount of games on the service as we continue to develop server functionality and capacity for players.”
Valve also appears to be aware of the problems encountered by Nvidia with the developers concerning GeForce Now. When Nvidia started billing customers for this service, several studios and publishers withdrew their support. Like many fans, Valve characterizes cloud games as a Steam user playing their game on any other PC.
“These cloud services allow Steam users to play their Steam library in the cloud, one game at a time, as they can on their local PC,” reads the documentation. “Developers must manually activate the games they want to make available on GeForce Now.”
It is also part of Nvidia’s efforts to create an activation button on various platforms. Nvidia said in April this is part of his plan to ensure continued developer support.
As for Steam, this is just the start of its cloud computing plans. Valve says it may integrate new streaming services in the future. But again, if that’s the case, developers will need to register separately.