The Steam Link has quietly gotten a lot better since it launched. Thanks to a series of firmware and software updates, the diminutive little streaming box is now a valuable piece of gaming kit, thanks to better performance over wifi networks. Now, a new Steam Client version allows the Steam Link to stream games to multiple devices for local co-op play. If you’ve got a 5 GHz wifi network running, the Steam link can now connect to several wifi-connected screens, which means you could, for example, play Overcooked 2 with your friends without actually having to be in the same room. Sure, that might be a bit of an edge case, but it does speak to the increasing versatility of the Link, which at this point is going on three years old. The update also allows you to use an Android phone as a touch controller – according to the patch notes, to do this you launch the Steam Link app on your phone and tap to disable audio and video. I’m honestly not sure how this works, or how … [Read more...] about Steam Link now lets you stream to multiple devices for local co-op
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The Steam Link now supports local co-op by simultaneously streaming to multiple devices. There's no supporting information and the update isn't particularly detailed, but according to the most recent Steam Client patch notes - which note that the patch has been updated since it was originally deployed on 11th October to include a "crash workaround" for the AMD driver on Windows - streaming to more than one device is now available providing you have a "high quality 5 GHz WiFi" network (thanks, PC Gamer). It also confirms that Android phones can now also be used it as a touch controller, too. Valve has also addressed a bug which stopped streaming from the in-game Big Picture overlay, and adds a opportunity to select a language before game install if your selected Steam UI language "isn't supported". Other tweaks come to Steam Chat, including better functionality if you're appearing offline, so the app no longer tries to start chat or open the friends list if you're booting up in … [Read more...] about Latest Steam Link Update lets you play local co-op by ‘streaming to multiple devices simultaneously’
I have such cherished memories of playing Diablo 2 in LAN party fashion, tearing through swathes of hellspawn with friends and feverishly snapping up loot drops as they plinked onto the ground. So it's delightful to see that spirit of local demon-slaying co-op live on in Diablo 3: Eternal Collection on Nintendo Switch, Blizzard's triumphant return to a Nintendo console slated for this fall. After going hands-on with the Gamescom 2018 demo of the Switch port, it's clear that Diablo 3 on Switch successfully packs all the frenetic fun of its PC, PS4, and Xbox One counterparts onto the portable screen. For Nintendo diehards who haven't yet welcomed the Lord of Terror into their lives, Diablo 3: Eternal Collection offers a staggering amount of content. All the substantial additions and welcome refinements of the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansions are included here, for a total of seven classes that can be played in wildly different ways thanks to the diverse Skill … [Read more...] about Diablo 3 on Switch is the perfect port for local co-op demon-slaying
I have a strong memory of getting madder while playing Trials Evolution than I ever did at any game before or since. It wasn't Trials specifically I was mad at, it was me. I'd been trying to land some ridiculous jump thirty or forty (or more) times, failing, and tapping the button to load the last checkpoint every time I missed the jump. And when I finally landed perfectly, but before I'd crossed the next checkpoint, I reflexively hit the load last checkpoint button again. I'd finally made it, but now I had to do it again. After all those failures, I'd instantly erased my long-fought-for success.My point is, Trials can make you mad sometimes, but with Trials Rising, coming next year, it could make you mad at someone else for a change. I got some hands-on time with a work-in-progress demo of Trials Rising at E3, and along with the crazy courses, explosions and wrecking balls, and high-flying and far-flinging action, it's bringing along a local co-op mode.(Quick note: the gifs included … [Read more...] about Trials Rising’s local co-op mode, where two players share the same bike, is going to end friendships
State of Decay 2 has a few multiplayer options and can also be played solo for those that prefer to go lone wolf. Let’s run through all the options and what they allow you to do and not do. When you first begin State of Decay 2 you’re given your multiplayer options. You can choose Offline, Invite Only and Friends Only. The important thing here is this does not lock you into a rigid choice. You can switch between all three of these options at any point by going into the menu, choosing Settings, then Multiplayer, then changing your preference to one of the three choices. Can I playing State of Decay 2 solo? Choosing Offline only makes State of Decay 2 a single-player experience. Offline is the only option that will pause the game completely. If you’re being attacked in Invite Only or Friends Only and you’re playing without co-op buddies, going into the menus will not pause the game. That’s a pretty important thing to remember. Is there local co-op? … [Read more...] about State of Decay 2 multiplayer questions answered: matchmaking, playing solo, with friends and does it have local co-op?