Valve adds native touch controls for over 100 Steam games through Remote Play

Written by Neil Soutter on Fri, Sep 27, 2019 12:48 PM
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While it’s not someone that will appeal to everyone, Steam’s Remote Play feature has made great strides since it came out of beta. While the feature was initially limited to Steam Link devices, Remote Play is now widely available through Steam Link apps on phones, tablets, and even built straight into smart TVs. With the press of a button, you can start streaming a game straight from your PC onto your device of choice.

Since its arrival though, Valve has been busy analyse how and when Steam Remote Play is being used, discovering certain platforms are popular to use within specific genres. Phone and tablet users prefer to play RPGs, strategy, adventure, visual novel, and game games on their mobile devices, for example.

However, as you can imagine there are a ton of games on Steam which aren’t particularly well suited to playing on a mobile phone. In order to help with this, Valve has created custom touch screen configurations for more than 100 of the most commonly played Steam Remote Play titles, designing custom configs which can then be used by other developers and users to fine-tune gameplay on mobile devices.

Stardew Valley on PC is a fine example. The farming management game has fairly lacklustre gamepad controls (it hasn’t been designed for controllers like the console version) and it translates even worse to a touchscreen. Valve has created a custom layout design to allow fast access to tools, a big ‘X’ to allow players to use something quickly, as well turning the whole screen into a trackpad for managing the inventory.

Users have previously been able to devise and share their own control schemes, but this list of more than 100 games have been specifically optimised by Valve. New store hubs have also been created for phone, tablet, and TV users, as well as new Library filters which allow users to separate out games designed for the particular device they're on.

List of Steam Remote Play Optimised Games

  • A Dance of Fire and Ice
  • A Legionary's Life
  • AI: The Somnium Files
  • Arrowhead Ultimate Co-op Collection
  • BattleBlock Theater®
  • Bejeweled 2 Deluxe
  • Bejeweled Deluxe
  • Bejeweled® 3
  • Braveland
  • Braveland Heroes
  • Braveland Pirate
  • Braveland Wizard
  • Bridge Constructor
  • Bridge Constructor Educational Bundle
  • Bridge Constructor Medieval
  • Castle Crashers and Pit People
  • Castle Crashers®
  • Cat Quest
  • Cat Quest II
  • Chaos on Deponia
  • Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy
  • Cymatically Muffed
  • Day of the Tentacle Remastered
  • Deponia
  • Deponia Doomsday
  • Deponia: The Complete Journey
  • Detention
  • Dicey Dungeons
  • Dota Underlords
  • Duelyst
  • Elegant Engineering
  • Fable Anniversary
  • FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster
  • Flotsam
  • FTL: Faster Than Light
  • Gauntlet™ Slayer Edition
  • Graveyard Keeper
  • GRIS
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
  • Has-Been Heroes
  • I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator
  • Jenny LeClue - Detectivu
  • Jump King
  • Killer Queen Black
  • Later Alligator
  • LEGO® Star Wars™ - The Complete Saga
  • Life is Strange
  • Life is Strange 2
  • Little Misfortune
  • Lost Castle
  • Mini Metro
  • Monkey Island™ 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge™
  • Moonlighter
  • Move or Die
  • Muse Dash
  • Mutazione
  • Myst 25th Anniversary Collection
  • Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch™ Remastered
  • Ni no Kuni™ II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Not a Metroidvania
  • Overcooked
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Papers, Please
  • PC Building Simulator
  • Peggle Deluxe
  • Peggle Extreme
  • Peggle™ Nights
  • Pinball FX3
  • Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition
  • Poly Bridge
  • Race The Sun
  • realMyst: Masterpiece Edition
  • Rebel Cops
  • SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Classics
  • Session: Skateboarding Sim Game
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove
  • Singled Out
  • Slay the Spire
  • Sonic Mania
  • South Park™: The Fractured But Whole™
  • South Park™: The Stick of Truth™
  • Spaceland
  • Spelunky
  • STAR WARS™ Complete Collection
  • Stardew Valley
  • STEINS;GATE Crossover
  • Super Neptunia RPG
  • Switch 'N' Shoot
  • Tales of Berseria™
  • The Jackbox Party Pack
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 2
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 3
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 5
  • The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
  • The Surge 2
  • Thimbleweed Park™
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Tricky Towers
  • Trine 2: Complete Story
  • Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
  • Trine Enchanted Edition
  • Ultimate Custom Night
  • Umineko When They Cry - Answer Arcs
  • Umineko When They Cry - Question Arcs
  • Undertale
  • VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

How do you primarily use Steam Remote Play?

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02:23 Sep-28-2019

Tried it and its eh. Unless you have good internet, a tablet (for larger screen), and an Xbox controller it will not be a decent experience. Interesting idea but useless if I'm unable to use it when I'm more than 2 feet away from my PC.

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18:52 Sep-27-2019

Never used it, never saw use for it. Got myself Nintendo DS and latter Switch to do gaming on the go. Plus few PC games ported to mobile and maybe some mobile game here and there, if layer of game on microtransaction system is thicker than just bones and skin... bones being microtransaction system in this case. Though I mostly play Nintendo stuff. As for touch controls, I would pass on those,...

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18:54 Sep-27-2019

... since none of these games are actually designed to be touch only, so you basically get controller like overly and you have to cover part of the screen with your fingers to even use it. Plus you don't feel buttons or sticks, which is kind of weird-ish for me, since I like to feel my controller. Hence Switch and DS. Plus they are easier to carry around than laptop.

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15:14 Sep-27-2019

I tried HITMAN 2 over my Note 9, but the touch controls were pretty unusable, as my fingers would obscure half the screen, lol. Just a test. I wonder if it would be better with my Moga Pro, since that one eanbled me to play DOOM and DOOM2 much better on the phone. Might be worth a test there. Kind of like a makeshift Nvidia Shield hand-held console :D

15:40 Sep-27-2019

What about the latency? Beside the controls, was it playable?

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18:23 Sep-27-2019

Over local network (phone's wifi) - yeah, sorta. Over a mobile network - no chance :D
For a goof I wonder how it would work if I stuck a USB3 ethernet adapter into the Note 9 and ran SteamLink that way. Perhaps it would be quite a playable experience, if a little ridiculous xD

20:21 Sep-27-2019

Lmao, you could use your phone as a steam link and just hook up a keyboard, mouse or controller and a tv on it

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15:41 Sep-30-2019

Pretty much xD

13:31 Sep-27-2019

I can see the appeal for games that can be comfortably played on a tablet (or even phone).
In theory its like Switch for PC.
Edit: so you can pair controllers with it (and not just steam controllers).. impressive, even if just in theory.. haven't tested it yet, but even if it has flaws, I can see so much potential for this


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