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Steam's New Beta Client Allows for Remote Downloads

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New client allows you to download games while out and about.

Steam has announced the availability of a new beta client for Windows and Mac that will allow users to remotely manage their accounts from their phone or the web. This includes the ability for remote downloads of games, meaning you can start downloading games to your home computer while you're slaving away at work and dreaming of the Orange Box.

The new beta client was announced via the Steam forums. It also offers reduced excessive system memory usage while downloading updates and added debug code to diagnose download issues. Judging from the forums, some people aren't seeing remote management immediately when they install the new beta. There also seems to be a few reoccurring bugs (Steam has already issued fixes for two).

To check it out for yourself, go to File -> Settings. On the Account tab press the Change... button to open the Beta Participation dialog. Then Select "Steam Beta Update", and allow Steam to restart itself.

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    rsktek , May 3, 2012 5:19 PM
    Interesting...
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    sliem , May 3, 2012 5:29 PM
    This is good, unless I don't have smartphone with data plan -and- steam valve website is blocked at work... then it would mean nothing for me.
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    Parsian , May 3, 2012 5:31 PM
    This is awesome, there has been many times, ive wanted to go home and have the game ready to play.
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    Trialsking , May 3, 2012 6:18 PM
    sliemThis is good, unless I don't have smartphone with data plan -and- steam valve website is blocked at work... then it would mean nothing for me.



    I know what you mean!
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    bucknutty , May 3, 2012 6:29 PM
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    This is good, unless I don't have smartphone with data plan -and- steam valve website is blocked at work... then it would mean nothing for me.


    Works good on my ipod touch that only has wifi. Sweet!... My office building has public wifi.
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    cold fire , May 3, 2012 6:37 PM
    I've been doing this for a while using TeamViewer but it's always nice having more features added.
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    vittau , May 3, 2012 8:06 PM
    Do most people leave their home computers turned on while they're away? Aren't you worried about the electric bill at all? Not to mention the environmental aspect...
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    eddieroolz , May 3, 2012 8:18 PM
    vittauDo most people leave their home computers turned on while they're away? Aren't you worried about the electric bill at all? Not to mention the environmental aspect...


    I'm not worried about either in this case.
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    bucknutty , May 3, 2012 8:18 PM
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    Do most people leave their home computers turned on while they're away? Aren't you worried about the electric bill at all? Not to mention the environmental aspect...


    I don’t normally leave my pc on all day but I would on the days they make preloads available for a game I pre-purchased.
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    Steelseries , May 3, 2012 8:19 PM
    Bye Bye teamviewer
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    gm0n3y , May 3, 2012 8:24 PM
    This is a good idea. I've been using the utorrent app on my phone for a while now and being able to start downloads while you're out it damn convenient.
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    beardguy , May 3, 2012 8:33 PM
    I like this idea a lot.

    It's still maddening when you buy a game retail, and you have to wait 4 hours or more for the game to update or some other bullshit before it will even let you play. Hey Steam, if I want to just play a game in campaign mode, please let me decide when I want to update it!!
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    Ichy , May 3, 2012 8:53 PM
    beardguyI like this idea a lot. It's still maddening when you buy a game retail, and you have to wait 4 hours or more for the game to update or some other bullshit before it will even let you play. Hey Steam, if I want to just play a game in campaign mode, please let me decide when I want to update it!!


    I second this.. or allow single player to be played WHILE updating multi-player or other games, that would be fantastic
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    mauller07 , May 3, 2012 9:35 PM
    i hope when they mean reduced excessive memory usage is when steam starts growing to 100+mb of ram usage and closing and reopening a new library window clears it back down to 8MB
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , May 3, 2012 9:39 PM
    sliemThis is good, unless I don't have smartphone with data plan -and- steam valve website is blocked at work... then it would mean nothing for me.

    Its not meant for everyone, its meant to target those with smartphones and have access to internet away from there home. You are obviously not one of those people.....
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    __-_-_-__ , May 3, 2012 10:19 PM
    this is kind of irrelevant. I already have a 1gbps connection... no need to remote downloads...
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    dalauder , May 4, 2012 12:28 AM
    How about a Steam that launches in 10 seconds every time? Why does the login have to take any longer than Skype?

    Steam takes 4 minutes to launch once a week (not counting their frequent updates) and can't handle a forced (Task Manager) shutdown without forcing a restart. Adding new features is cool, but how about a client that just works consistently and quickly?

    If Steam wasn't the best thing out there, I'd go with something else. But why not aim for something that doesn't seem obviously flawed instead of "It's better than EA's Origin"?
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    dalauder , May 4, 2012 12:53 AM
    __-_-_-__this is kind of irrelevant. I already have a 1gbps connection... no need to remote downloads...
    Lucky you...but that does make me realize something. If I have to leave my desktop on so that I can start the download remotely, why can't I just start the download while I'm at my desktop when I turn it on and then leave it like that?

    Steam should focus more on improvements than gimmicks.
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    4745454b , May 4, 2012 12:58 AM
    I leave my computer on all the time. I also use logmein to remotely connect to it and do all kinds of things with it. Not really excited about this as I've been doing it for a long time, and a beta Steam might just be asking for trouble.
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