If you’re a video game fan and use a PC or Mac to play, you’re probably familiar with Steam. Launched in 2003 by Valve (the developer of titles such as Half-Life and Portal), Steam is the most popular digital distribution platform for titles on the planet . Available for Windows, MacOS and GNULinux, most of the games available for computers are in its catalogue.
But Steam is more than just a digital video game store. Over time a kind of social network has originated in which there are communities or groups, as well as the possibility of adding our friends. It also offers cloud storage and a chat function. The iOS and Android apps are joined by a new one for Apple Watch: ‘Smoke’.
As its creator, Damien Sheridan, explains in the App Store description, “Smoke is an application for Apple Watch that incorporates parts of Steam, and promises to provide a simple user experience for those looking for data and statistics on both your account and those of your friends” . This is all the application allows:
- See the games you own, as well as the achievements and total game time.
- View stored information about the games you and your friends own (price, analysis, number of players, genre, etc.)
- Check if your friends are online and which games they have played recently.
- Find news articles about games we have.
- Click on an article to save it on our phone.
- Customize the iOS application by choosing a color theme and changing the application icon.
- Share saved items with friends.
The developer comments that in order to enjoy all the options offered by ‘Smoke’ it is necessary for the user to have a public Steam account . If it is private and you want to change your status, the application itself provides a link that simplifies the process. In addition, our friends must also have their accounts open to access all information.
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‘Smoke’ is a free application that can now be downloaded from the App Store . However, it has a payment method, Smoke Plus, which allows you to unlock certain features, as mentioned in 9to5Mac. It is compatible with devices with iOS 13 and watchOS 6 or later.