GDC 15: Valve Shows Off $50 Steam Link Game Streaming Box

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2015 - 04:31 PM |
Tagged: GDC, valve, streaming box, Steam Box, steam, pc game streaming, gaming, gdc 2015

Valve has slowly but surely been working on its living room gaming initiative. Despite the slow progress (read: Valve time), Steam Machines are still a thing and a new bit of hardware called the “Steam Link” will allow you to stream all of your Steam content from your computers and Steam Machines to your TV over a local network. Slated for a November launch, the Steam Link is a $49.99 box that can be paired with a Steam Controller for another $49.99.

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Valve has revealed little about the internals or specific features of the Steam Link. We do know that it can tap into Valve’s Steam In-Home Streaming technology to stream your PC games to your TV and output it at 1080p 60Hz (no word on specific latency numbers but the wired connection is promising). The box is tiny, looking to be less than half of a NUC (and much shorter) with sharp angles and one rounded corner hosting the Steam logo. Two USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a HDMI output, and an AC power jack sit on the rear of the device with a third USB port located on the left side of the Steam Link.

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In all, the Steam Link looks like a promising device so long as Valve can get it out the door in time, especially with so many competing streaming technologies hitting the market. I’m looking forward to more details and getting my hands one later this year.


March 4, 2015 | 04:42 PM - Posted by dave702 (not verified)

this or the new Nvidia Shield!!

March 4, 2015 | 04:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If I had to choose one, definitely Steam box. But since both of them are tied to in-home game streaming just form Steam, then I don't think I would want either since I play games that are strictly on Origin.

March 4, 2015 | 04:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

can't edit previous post, just wanted to add that I didn't see anywhere that either device allows you to stream games from origin, such as battlefield 4, etc.

March 4, 2015 | 07:57 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

you can stream non-steam games already. I play WoW and D3 all the time from the comfort of my bed on a tablet. You do need to run Steam however at the time. I don't know if that functionality will be possible with this device. I imagine it will be.

March 4, 2015 | 08:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes, it's been an option for a while (perhaps only in the beta client) to add non-Steam games to Steam and stream them as you would any other Steam sourced game.

March 4, 2015 | 08:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes, it's been an option for a while (perhaps only in the beta client) to add non-Steam games to Steam and stream them as you would any other Steam sourced game.

March 5, 2015 | 03:54 PM - Posted by nathanddrews

It doesn't even have to be a game. You can add Chrome or PhotoShop to Steam and it will stream it.

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March 5, 2015 | 11:03 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

What app do you use on the tablet for that?

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