As if there weren’t enough opportunities to make impulse buys on Steam, Valve has introduced a new feature that, while convenient, is also pretty terrifying for my bank account.
Before, you were able to purchase titles on Steam through a browser or a mobile app, allowing you to make impulse buys on the go or while at work. Now, Valve has taken that idea a step further–not only can you buy titles while away from your computer, you can now start downloading them.
The new Steam remote download feature works both in a browser and by way of the Steam mobile app, and allows you to download the game to your home computer and even install it so it’s ready to go as soon as you’re able to get back to your home PC/Mac.
Here’s more on how Steam’s remote downloading works, straight from Valve:
“To kick off a remote download, simply visit your Games list on the Steam Community site, which can be accessed from your own profile using a web browser or the Steam mobile app on iOS or Android. If logged into the latest update of the Steam client on a PC or Mac, there you’ll see which games are currently installed, and have the ability to install others from your library. Or, seamlessly complete your online purchase with remote installation: When a remote session is detected, the Steam store will ask whether you’d like to download your new purchases immediately.”