BlueStacks Inside launches on Steam to bring mobile gaming direct to your desktop

    
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Let’s say that there’s a mobile game you really want to play, but you don’t like playing on your phone and said phone is much worse at playing these games than your computer anyway just from a hardware standpoint. What can you do? The launch of BlueStacks Inside on Steam solves the problem by just letting you turn your mobile games into desktop computer games, with no need for the developer to handle porting and no need for the player to fuss about with a phone.

The system is currently in soft launch with a few select partners, but it’s hoped (and advocated) that more mobile developers can get on board and thus benefit from a PC userbase without needing a team to specifically develop or troubleshoot the PC version of a game. If there are mobile MMOs you’ve long wanted to play but would prefer not to deal with on a mobile device, keep your eyes on this new service.

Source: VentureBeat; thanks to Godnaz for the tip!
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Robert Mann

First, I have to find something on mobile that is more worthy of my attention than the games I have, am looking forward to, and know are out there and want to play when I get to them…

Being the mobile market that the mobile market is, there’s so much trash it makes the worst parts of Steam look like Singapore’s streets. Which is to say that even if such a product exists I don’t have the 17,349 lifetimes I’d need to sort through all the junk and find it, much less that desire to do so.

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Pandalulz

In all fairness, if I ever have all the time in the world, this is probably how I’ll end up playing Valkyrie Profile and The World Ends with You. I bought em on the Play store for cheap, but I don’t actually like playing on my phone. I had VP on my PSP for years and didn’t play it that way either because I just don’t play games when I’m on the go at all and find it intensely uncomfortable to stare down at a tiny little screen. It makes both my eyes and neck hurt.
I knew Bluestacks existed before, I just hadn’t gotten around to trying it out.

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Bruno Brito

Wait, so i can open a virtual store to open a virtual mobile emulator to open a mobile game?

Has technology gone too far?

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I suppose the upside of this is that PC gamers are being sought after by the mobile market.

Also, looks like Steam is 2 for 2 with the Microsoft deal and this one, while EGS trails behind with their stinky exclusivity deals and botched sale.

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agemyth 😩

Neither this or the Microsoft thing were “deals” between the companies and Steam I assume. Microsoft already said they are going to be on other stores. There is nothing stopping BlueStacks from removing the Steam API hooks out and using this “BlueStacks Inside” method for any other typical digital game store. Since Valve lets anyone put anything on Steam, that is probably the extent of this “deal”.

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Before EGS, I never really thought about this issue, but I appreciate that Valve hasn’t be a company that throws their weight around like Epic has been and securing exclusives. Steam is what it is today because literally nobody else could figure out what to do about PC gaming. Microsoft had all the time and money in the world to capitalize on the biggest gaming platform in the world before iOS and Android hit the market. They failed over and over to own the games market on their own platform.

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Robert Mann

I’m not really sure that I have any interest in being sought after by the mobile market.

Also, I don’t think I am for the most part based on this. I think they want whales, not people who value their money and try to spend wisely.

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agemyth 😩

BlueStacks has gotten waaay better than I remembered it being when it was still based on Android 3.0 and 4.0. It is nice to have the option to potentially play some Android games on PC, but that is still just mobile games on PC. Mobile games are still just worse experiences than “normal” games especially when it comes to monetization. BlueStacks (the non-Steam version at least) also has it own built in analytics tracking an ad service (on top of whatever Google and the game devs already use) that are watching and trying to profit off your every move, so it is also a gross compromised experience from the ground up.

I got hooked on Ragnarok Online: Eternal Love for a couple weeks specifically because playing it on PC was less cumbersome than on my phone. It was still a shallow phone game experience though.

I would love to see someone somehow make custom roms to install non-invasive versions of the Android OS that can keep the impressive compatibility and performance of BlueStacks. We will most likely have to wait for a whole different open source application that competes with this though.

edit: Also, this image is gross and says a lot of what they think about their service.
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Ashfyn Ninegold

The screen in the back says

BlueStacks & Steam is very efficient way to find whales.

I just want to point out that in RL, whales were hunted to extinction. And the few remaining are dying in large numbers to plastics.

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agemyth 😩

We don’t know yet, but I would hope this “BlueStacks Inside” thing makes it so launching the game bypasses booting into the full Android OS home screen and all that. If it just launches normal BlueStacks then this is like having uPlay pop up when you launch a game but worse. All the OS bits that you don’t need to run a game would consume extra resources and just get in the way of playing the game.

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Neurotic

I think direct launches should be an option, because the BS (!) home screen is quite useful for quickly getting into the Play Store and various other bits and pieces. But being able to skip it and go right into the game/app would be awesome, yeah.

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Robert Mann

I’d not be adverse to the idea of gaming whales going extinct (not via people dying, just the idea itself)… I’d like to save the other ones though!

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Daniel Miller

I love final fantasy dimionsions. Will be glad to ay it on pc

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Jeremy Barnes

I’d rather a steam port for it so it didn’t have mobile controls.

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Neurotic

Apart from Steam convenience, is there a big difference between it and the ‘regular’ version of Bluestacks?

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François Verret

It would be funny to use it in order to play Villagers & Heroes or Runescape.

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Godnaz

Wait, cant you play both on desktop already?

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François Verret

Hence why it would be funny.

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Richie Shoemaker

Actually, in all seriousness, I’d rather play the mobile EVE mmo this way than via a mobile. Not to indulge irony, but because it’s a separate universe starting from scratch.