Man, these digital platform companions apps come out of nowhere. Today, Valve, the creators of Half-Life and everyone's favorite PC download platform, Steam, announced Steam Mobile [Free]. It's what you think it is, which is to say, it's a companion-y type of experience that'll let you chat with Steam friends, view Steam groups and profiles, check out video game screenshots, and just about anything else Steam-related, including sales.

Best part? It's available right now across iOS and Android. Worst part? This particular version is still in "closed beta." To get in, you'll need to sign into Steam through the mobile app as a way to "express interest in the beta." Users will be rolled into the beta eventually.

Steam sales are deadly for our collective wallets under normal circumstances when we're sitting at our computers. I'm not sure I'm ready to live in a horrible future where I'll be able to impulse-buy $2.99 PC games from the toilet.

  • Michael Eaton

    Downloaded! This could end badly...

  • Alen Teplitsky

    so if you're EA how do the commissions work? 30% to steam and then steam pays 30% to apple?

    • Mark

      If you're EA you use origin, and since purchasing a PC game with the steam mobile app most likely wouldn't be an in-app purcahse Apple wouldn't get a 30% cut. 

    • Visa Harvey

      I'm guessing that as the purchases aren't for something you can use on the device itself it isn't an issue. Ie, same way you can buy stuff in amazon store app?

  • Anonymous

    I am not at home and don't have access to iTunes right now.  I have tried searching for this in the App Store on both my iPhone and iPad with no luck.  

    Are other people having this same problem or am I crazy?

    • BVaz

      Try searching 'Steam Mobile' and scroll down and you should be able to find it, it is kind of hidden in the search results.

  • drelbs

    Now if they could only incorporate trading, I'd be very happy!

  • Anonymous

    I've wanted this for sooo long.

  • Anonymous

    Finally, now its sony's turn to release an app for PSN

  • Austin O'Halloran

    Downloaded it,yet as mentioned it's in closed beta. So I couldn't log in yet. Oh well. I'll wait til I can

  • Stark

    From the Steam forum:

    It's a closed beta.The press release is a little confusing. But right now it looks like game journalists and publications are part of the first wave of invites.Gamers and other customers can download and sign in to SIGN UP for the beta.