For over a decade, Valve has offered access to Steam through Android and iOS clients. In recent years, however, the Steam mobile app hasn’t gotten much of the company’s attention. Not only does it look dated, but it’s also a pain to use. I only keep it on my iPhone to take advantage of Steam Guard verification.
The good news is that Valve is working on a new version of the mobile app. In a blog post spotted by , the company invited “invested Steam users” to beta test its revamped Android and iOS client. “We rebuilt the app on a new framework and modernized the design. (2015 called and wanted their app back),” Valve wrote.
In addition to previously included features, the redesigned app adds smarter notifications, multi-account support, and a new way to log in to your Steam account. Instead of entering your username, password, and Steam Guard verification, you can use a QR code to simplify the process. This is probably the most useful feature added by Valve.
Among testers, the new app is a welcome improvement over its predecessor. It has the usual flaws you find in beta software, including slow performance and lots of bugs, but it’s a step up. “The sooner we receive your feedback on a product, the better,” Valve wrote. “This is especially important when the app can be used on so many different phones and devices.”
There is no public release date yet for the revamped app. However, the beta is open to anyone who wants to participate. You can find installation instructions on the , but note that the iOS beta is limited to 10,000 concurrent participants due to Apple’s TestFlight restrictions.