Popular broadcasting software OBS Studio officially launched on Steam last March 22, 2022, providing a convenient way to install and monitor updates.

In a FAQ post on the official website, the people behind OBS explain their reasoning, along with more details on their Steam release.

They mentioned their goal of offering OBS to multiple platforms to improve user reach. Steam isn’t OBS’ first endeavor: the software is currently available on the Microsoft Store and recently expanded to Flathub for Linux. The Steam option for OBS will also remain free, without any charged or paywalled features. The version on the Steam platform and the one available on the OBS website will also be similar.

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It’s also good news for macOS users, as OBS on Steam supports as far back as macOS 10.13. For Windows users, any 64-bit version on or above Windows 8.1 are supported. Unfortunately for Linux users, there are no plans for a Linux compatible build on Steam.

Steam cloud saves will not be supported. “We experimented with enabling Steam Auto-Cloud but ran into several issues and limitations, such as assets not being included and cross-platform sync deleting files it shouldn’t or getting stuck on conflicts, which made them unreliable and potentially confusing to users,” the devs said. A way of exporting and importing your OBS data regardless of platform is in the works, though. Additional Steam features like the Steam Workshop and Achievements will also not be available due to licensing issues. Plugins will be supported, and will use the Steam directory as a default installation folder.

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