Valve adds native touch controls for over 100 Steam games through Remote Play
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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 BARRIER X 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 CHAOS;CHILD CHRONO TRIGGER® 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 IX FINAL FANTASY VII FINAL FANTASY VIII FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster FINAL FANTASY® XIII 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 INSIDE Jenny LeClue – Detectivu Jump King Killer Queen Black Later Alligator LEGO® Star Wars™ – The Complete Saga Life is Strange Life is Strange 2 LIMBO Little Misfortune Lost Castle Mini Metro MISTOVER 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 OCTOPATH TRAVELER™ 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 STEINS;GATE 0 STEINS;GATE Crossover STEINS;GATE ELITE 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