01 Steam adds Remote Downloading feature to avoid pre loading pain

A new feature has made its way into the latest Steam beta client which gives users some more flexibility in terms of managing their game downloads.

A new feature has made its way into the latest Steam beta client which gives users some more flexibility in terms of managing their game downloads.

The new Remote Downloads feature allows Steam users to be able to manage their game libraries remotely by logging into the official Steam website and accessing their games list. From there downloads can be initiated and monitored all within a standard web browser. The only requirement is that the user's main machine needs to be online and logged into Steam at the time.

Valve's Steam Apps for Android and iOS currently allow for game purchases as well, but there is no ability to interface them with a user's home install; at least not yet. With that said, given the new Remote Downloads feature is accessible via a standard web browser, smartphone users shouldn't run into any problems making use of it that way.

Brilliant idea really. Will save people getting home and having to twiddle their thumbs while pre-loading is done. The download can be initiated long before with the game ready to play as soon as you walk in the door. Another nice touch Valve and a sure fire way to help retain the lead as the number one online game delivery system.

Source: Rock, Paper Shotgun