Steam Beta Client Allows for Remote Download and Install of Games from Steam Website

Ever been in this situation where you’ve purchased a kickass game during your work hours and can’t wait to reach home and start playing it? You’re eager to start the download. But you run into a small glitch. You can’t start the download till you have access to your home system and you can’t access your home system from work.


Luckily, Valve’s come up with a solution for this.The latest beta version of Steam client comes with a new feature: the ability to initiate remote downloads. You’ll need to opt-in into the beta program to utilize this.

Steam Beta Opt-in

Once you’ve updated to the new client, login to Steam Website, head over to Community -> Games. Now all games tied to your Steam account will be listed, as will be shown, the icon to start the remote install.

Steam Start Remote Install

You can even pause and check the status of the download, all right from the website.

Steam remote install status

Pretty nifty feature this, to be honest. Hope it gets featured into the stable builds soon. Till then, you can always opt-into the beta and start using this.

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