Valve Steam Cloud allows you to load save files anywhere

Distributed computing save service

Have the urge to play Team Fortress 2, but you're not at home? Valve may have an answer with its new play-anywhere Steam Cloud distributed computing save service.

People are used to having a single password that lets them sign into their email accounts from any PC in the world, but what about their video games?

Well, in the "near future," says Valve, an update called Steam Cloud will arrive and allow players to store their hard-earned game save data online.

It's a simple idea with big ramifications for the PC game business, as it could usher in a new era of being able to go anywhere, on any PC, and pick up on any save game.

And this isn't some gimped game save data we're talking about, either. Players will have access to their game profiles and configuration settings, which will be cached on a player's machine before being uploaded to Valve servers.

After the initial release in the "near future" Valve plans to use the Steam Cloud to save all types of game data, including user generated in-game footage and deathcam screenshots.

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