Valve started taking pre-orders a few months ago and will officially release the Steam Link this month. The small black box will let you enjoy all your PC games from Steam on the living room TV – even wirelessly.
Steam Link coming this month
If you are a Steam user you probably have solid catalog of games on your account. And if you want to play them on the living room TV you can of course connect your PC to the TV or buy a separate “Steam Machine” console but a cheaper option is the Steam Link.
Steam Link is a small black box that connects to your TV via HDMI. It will let you access your full library of games on the living room TV by streaming the game from a PC with Steam installed or from a Steam Machine.
The box supports the new Steam Controller (and other supported controllers). It streams games in up to 1080p at 60fps resolution. Valve strongly recommends a wired network connection but it should also work wirelessly on modern “ac” WiFi networks.
Valve has been taking pre-orders for the $50 Steam Link for a few months now and it will ship to customers later this month. Learn more here. Unfortunately, Mac owners who have pre-ordered will have a wait a little longer for the device to arrive so Valve has offered compensation in form of its “Valve Complete Pack” of games.
Valve and partners will also launch the first Steam Machine game consoles for the living room TV this month.
1080p resolution at 60 FPS
Wired 100 Mbit/s Fast Ethernet and Wireless 802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO) networking abilities
3 USB 2.0 ports
802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi
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
In the box: Steam Link, Power cable and adapter, HDMI 2.0 cable and 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.