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Steam Link

Steam Link
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Description

The Steam Link allows existing Steam gamers to expand the range of their current gaming set up via their home network. Just connect your Steam PC or Steam Machine to your home network, plug into a TV, and stream your games to the Link at 1080p.

Features

  • Wired network is strongly recommended
  • Compatible controllers with Steam Link: Steam Controller, Xbox One USB wired, Xbox 360 USB wired, Xbox 360 wireless, PS4, PS3 wired and Wii-U Pro. Many third-party Xbox controllers are also supported.
  • Steam Link is designed to take advantage of the horsepower you already have in your home, streaming from your current gaming computer by mirroring its experience to your TV.
  • Video and audio data is sent from your computer to the Steam Link, while your controller input is sent back in real time. Virtually every game that your computer runs can be played on your TV.

Reviews

Customer reviews
Average Customer Review

758 of 791 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for playing PC Games on my home theater, May 31, 2016
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This review is from: Steam Link (Video Game)
Before anyone considers this product, I think it is more important to know what is ISN'T before you talk about what it is. There are tons of reviews online that go over exactly what the Steam Link is and what it can and cannot do. I'll try not to repeat too much of what is already widely described out there, but the single most important thing that you must know about the Steam Link is:

The Steam Link is not a gaming console!

The Steam Link is also not an all-in-one solution to gaming on Windows. Many people do not like playing games on a Windows PC because the experience is not as streamlined as a console. You need to install apps, load updates, sometimes hardware doesn't always work correctly, sometimes Windows gets in the way and pops you out of your game. All of these scenarios can still happen with the Steam Link which can be annoying if the gaming PC is in another room to where you are using the Steam Link. You may need to get up, walk over to the PC... Read more

665 of 701 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does More Than Valve Says, November 16, 2015
This review is from: Steam Link (Video Game)
The Steam Link is a decent product that does more than people realize. On the surface it allows you to connect your PC to your TV over a wireless connection. It then connects to your TV via HDMI. Honestly there are other items that can do this and some of them go far beyond steam.

Valve recommends that you use one of their controllers or connect some hardware via the USB ports on this unit. That is where some people walk away from this product. First - there are people who really don't like the Steam controller. Second - why would I want to connect a wired product to this? The whole point is to connect your PC without wires.

Here is what Steam does not tell you:

1 - Most wireless keyboard / mouse units work just fine with the Link.
2 - Most bluetooth hardware works with the Link.

What does that mean?

Most of your wireless hardware will work with the Link, including...the PS4 controller.

Yes if you want to... Read more

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is great. It's opened a whole new world of gaming in my living room., March 11, 2017
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This review is from: Steam Link (Video Game)
I'm impressed. I picked this up on sale for $20. I've had my eye on one for about a year now, but never could bring myself to spend the $60 I saw it advertised as. Main reason being I've read countless reviews expressing lag concerns. I cannot put up with that. So, when I saw $20, I figured why not try it out. I got everything setup, linked my Steam account, bought a Razer Turret to use with it, and sat down ready to play. I'm not saying I have to play Counter-Strike, but maybe some good single player stuff. I get everything going, and there is a good half second delay. Just enough to aggravate the hell out of me. I was upset. I hardwired everything! PC, Steam Link, I got an awesome ASUS router... I performed a ping test and found 2ms. I began blaming the keyboard I picked up. I was ready to return everything. Then I figured I'd check one more setting. My TV. It wasn't in game mode... I switched it over and tried it again. No lag at all! I actually can play Counter-Strike... Read more

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