Valve Introduces Us to the Steam Link

Another way to play.

For those who already have a pretty beefed up rig Valve has announced a device that will allow you to stream directly to any TV in your house with ease. That device is the Steam Link.

The Steam Link is easy to set up. Just connect it to your television and link it to your home network. It will automatically discover your PC if you’re running steam. Once that happens, you will be able to grab your Steam Controller and play directly from your couch (or whatever else you like to sit on).

If you’re wondering how the quality of gameplay is. The Steam Link’s page states that it will take advantage of your PC. Whether it’s one-to-one in terms of quality remains to be seen, but it’s definitely sounding like you’ll be able to experience some high quality gaming from your PC on your television through the power of streaming.

Hardware Specifications

  • 1080p resolution at 60 FPS
  • Wired 100 Mbit/s Fast Ethernet and Wireless 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO) networking abilities
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • Internal Wireless Steam Controller pairing capability
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • HDMI out
  • Supports Steam Controller (sold separately,) Xbox One or 360 Wired Controller, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710, or keyboard and mouse


  • Steam Link
  • Power cable and adapter
  • HDMI 2.0 cable
  • Ethernet cable


  • A host computer running SteamOS, or Steam Big Picture Mode on Windows Vista or newer, Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer, Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or newer.
  • A TV or display capable of running at 720p or 1080p resolution
  • Any of the input devices listed above
  • Home network connectivity to both Steam Link and host computer.Wired network strongly recommended.

You’ll be able to experience its power for yourself when it drops “this November.” You can pre-order the Steam Link for $49.99 right now.

What do you think about the Steam Link? Does it seem like a better option to the Steam Machine? Will you pick one up? Let us know in the comments below!

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