Play your Steam games on any TV in the house with Steam Link. Setup is easy. Just connect your Steam Link to your TV and home network, where it will automatically discover any computer running Steam. Then grab a controller and play your collection of games from the comfort of your couch.
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Release Date: Nov 10, 2015

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June 14

VirtualHere Introduces Xbox One Wireless Controller Support for Steam Link



Since its release last November, the Steam Link has connected thousands of people to the games they love with in-home streaming, leveraging the power of the PC in another room while gaming comfortably in front of the TV. Thanks to customer feedback, we’ve introduced support for things like 5.1 surround sound, USB headphones, and more. Most recently, we’ve partnered with VirtualHere to introduce add-on support for hundreds of additional USB devices with the use of their app by the same name. VirtualHere lets you operate your remote computer using any number of USB devices directly connected to your Steam Link.

VirtualHere offers other interesting features too, like remote access to software authorization devices, and USB-to-serial conversion. Get ready to dust off that old racing wheel and give it another go!

After running a successful single-device beta test in partnership with Steam Link, VirtualHere is now available for purchase on Steam. If you’ve found the beta as useful as we have, or are interested in giving it a shot, consider supporting VirtualHere with your purchase on Steam.

We are always looking out for ways to make the Steam Link better, and help partners bring you new features, so keep the feedback coming! Your input and ideas will help us continue to experiment, test, and improve all things Steam.

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About This Hardware

Stream your games to your TV with Steam Link

Simplicity

Setup is easy. Just connect your Steam Link to your TV and home network, where it will automatically discover any computer running Steam. All that’s left to do is grab your favorite controller, kick back, and enjoy your collection of games from the comfort of your couch.

Performance

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 using Steam Link.

Hardware Specifications

Overview

  • 1080p resolution at 60 FPS
  • Wired 100 Mbit/s Fast Ethernet and Wireless 802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO) networking abilities
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • 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

In-box

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

Requirements

  • 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.
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TheGerman
Posted: June 25
Careful when buying this. You PC must always be unlocked, never remote desktop to and not password protected. They refuse to fix this issue with authentication or giving the user the option in the Link box to bypass these things since they don't want to be on the hook. My box basically sits around and does nothing due to this. If I have to go to my computer to unlock it or log in then I might as well stay there and keep playing.
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Recrimm
Posted: June 25
I played Dark Souls 2 on my couch.

I PLAYED DARK SOULS 2 ON MY COUCH!!!!!!!

10/10 would couch rage again!


Protip: ethernet cable > Wi-Fi for minimizing latency.
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Kitten-Sniper
Posted: June 25
Product received for free
Awesome piece of kit. I keep my gaming rig in the man cave but sometimes it's nice to sit back and chill in the livingroom using this. My partner bought me it as a birthday gift. Best. Birthday. Ever.
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4Dyce
Posted: June 25
I could not recommend this more it's fantastic!
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elCam☣BaNG☣BaNG☣BaNG☣
Posted: June 25
Works well. Does have some controller issues, I can't quite figure out that I don't have when connected directly to the main pc (compatability). I have the steam controller as well and prefer to use an xbox controller, but you do have to have a dongle for wireless xbox. The link is great wish it had stuff like netflix on it as well but i guess you can stream that from your pc as well. I also run controller companion on my rig that helps for desktop control.
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OSIAS
Posted: June 25
Friggin Love It!

Ditched cable TV and any sub TV went all online and steam links to my big screens.

Game - Work - Watch Movies & TV works good.

Still could use some more polish but even in its current state it is a home run
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Ian B.
Posted: June 24
This little piece of hardware is capable of doing so much with so little. I love it.
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chetoflep
Posted: June 24
I've had this unit for a week now and it works well!

Not only does it allow me to use Big Picture mode on my home TV over wireless, but I can also access my desktop and navigate YouTube, Netflix among other websites with the Steam Controller. It can also be used to watch home movies that are stored on your desktop.

Currently, I'm running an AC wirelss router and the unit operates flawlessly. The 3 USB ports make it awesome to attach additional peripherals and it also has Bluetooth capability. I plan to run an ethernet cable to it eventually but as it stands, I don't feel it's necessary or really a priority anytime soon .Overall, I'm pretty happy with the device and recommend it to anyone looking to do casual gaming or PC use on their couch.
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Mr. Broham
Posted: June 24
Good, but I wont be using it that much.
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Golden Spider
Posted: June 24
The Steam Link is a great idea, however, since I got mine I have had nothing but problems. to issues streaming, to crashes. all of this could be thanks to bad wifi connection, granted. But im starting to doubr
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83 of 91 people (91%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: June 3
Since this is on sale for the weekend deal at 30% off, I figured I would pick a second one up for our bedroom TV. Before doing so, I figured I would come check the reviews to see what other customers thought of their links. I am somewhat shocked by the negative reviews.

First, let me state I have had my first Steamlink since release. My house is wired for ethernet, but where I wanted to stream from had a faulty connection. In preparation for that November 10 release, I repaired my Cat5e cable to maintain that gigabit ethernet connection. Let me tell you that was not even necessary here. 801.11n WiFi will handle adequate streaming just fine as I tried it when my ethernet switch failed.

Now, I will state I am also running fiber for my internet connection and have a rather high end PC - I run 5880x1080, so Surround gaming with dual nVidia cards. NO games lag at 1080p. Is this necessary for flawless Steamlink gaming? The reviews here would lean my opinion toward a no for that answer. The few negative reviews largely circle around performance issues, to which I would probably attribute network or internet connectivity from reading through them. The systems looked sound.

To further attest to its ease of use and accessibility, my wife, who is not as technically-minded as myself, was able to pick up some beloved Final Fantasy classics and access them in our living room without too much issue. She had a greater learning curve than myself, but if you will notice my profile and the hundreds of hours spend in FF8, she hardly hated the experience; quite the opposite as she was partially the driving force for wanting a second link in our bedroom.

I, myself, have played over 100 hours of Fallout 4 from my couch thanks to my Steamlink (hundreds more hours of various other games as well), and the picture on my 65" TV is actually better (albeit slightly smaller) than my gaming rig. That would be one of my caveats - be prepared for a varied experience when it comes to picture quality. Various games look undoubtedly better on a TV than on your PC, other games look decidedly worse. Alien: Isolation, for example, looks terrible on the big screen but impeccable on the PC. Were it consistently one way or the other, I would be looking into upgrading screens somewhere. As it stands, this appears to be a software issue and unavoidable.

My other complaint, and this is largely unique to a Surround setup: transitioning between PC resolution and TV resolution needs a little work. If "Windowed Borderless" were an option for every game, this likely would not be an issue. If I wish to retain my Surround setup, I need to run games windowed, which frequently means unseemly Windows borders to ruin immersion on the TV. I can toggle between Surround and just 3 1920x1080 screens, but that is added hassle that ruins the convenience pull of this product.

Overall, this is an awesome piece of hardware to allow Steam gaming in your living room. It has a few kinks to still work out, but Valve does not disappoint with the updates or listening to their users to improve their features. Any company that does that with not only their software, but now their hardware means you are in good hands with their products. I have recommended getting a Steamlink to any of my gaming friends.

General Pros/Cons breakdown:

Pros:
- Great convenience to be able to play from additional TVs in the home
- If you have small children, not being tied to a PC for gaming allows more freedom to keep the rugrats in line
- Wonderful product support/improvement from Valve
- Relatively small pricetag

Cons:
- Slight hiccup with resolution changes
- Potentially incosistent display quality
- Slower networks not advised
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Posted: June 2
This review is for those that are still on the edge of getting the Steam Link.
In simple words: This is an awesome device! You CAN do practically anything on your computer while streaming on your TV!

RATING: 4.5/5

I ordered the Steam Link on Amazon, not through Steam itself. Amazon worked great for me, and the packaging was secure. The box itself came with everything that is needed to setup your Link.

When I plugged it in, Link did a few updates and started working smoothly after it connected to my Steam account. When you first start up Link on your TV, it pops up in Big Picture Mode. You can exit Big Picture Mode and can use your computer normaly while it's streaming on your Link.

**Link worked fine for me streaming wirelessly, But I decided to buy a wireless repeater that had a wire hook up, and so far, I haven't had any major problems.

- I have watched movies, YouTube, and TV shows from broadcast websites...all on full screen!..While streaming on Link!
- I have played games in full screen from GOG and any other game not Steam related through the Link.
- Some games may not pop up...All you need to do is just launch your game through Steam. That usually solves MOST of the problems.
- Xbox 360 WIRED controller works AWESOME!
- Wireless Keyboard works GREAT!
- Wireless Mouse works GREAT!

...But this device does have a few downsides. Not too many from my point of view.

-Stream sometimes freezes for a few seconds...or it gets stuck, but that has been only for certian games.
-Stream FPS slows down when a lot is going on screen...and sometimes freezes until you pause the game so the stream can unfreeze.
-Xbox One WIRELESS controller is NOT supported connecting through Stream Link.

I can say though, when watching videos on YouTube or any other VOD service, the video HAS NOT froze. I've only noticed it during certain video games.

My recommendation: Get a good router that can handle streaming very well. Most of the hiccups wouldn't be noticeable.

To wrap up my review...worth every penny. It has some downsides, but...it has WAY more upsides.
I mean, my entire computer is on a 60 inch HD TV that's 2 rooms down. I'm not complaining.

RATING: 4.5/5
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Recommended
Posted: June 2
I know that it is mentioned that an ethernet network is strongly recommended but I have been using my wireless since I purchased my steamlink at launch and have had very little problems. The most notable is an occasional disconnect when things that interfere with wireless are in play (such as a microwave running).

I love my steamlink and am actually thinking of purchasing another one for another TV in my home.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: June 3
Steam Link does more or less exactly what it claims to do.

- Wired and wireless networks work well enough; wired is noticeably better.
- Doesn't support the XB1 Wireless Adapter
- Your computer must be unlocked
- Pop-ups on your computer screen will sometimes interrupt the Steam Link session (easily closed with a keyboard+mouse plugged in to the Steam Link; trickier with controllers)
- Game compatibility is high but not 100%
- The Steam Link doesn't do anything but streaming; don't expect to use it as a Netflix box, etc.

It's a massively better stream receiver than, say, a USB stick PC or a Raspberry Pi.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: June 11
Play games through your TV.
Was a plug and play device. Not too much faffing around.
My partner doen't like to play on the PC but now I can trick her into playing on the TV downstairs.
Time to re-install the Sega Megadrive emulator and all those other local Co-op games.
Got it on discount, as thought it was a bit over priced.
It does what it says on the tin.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: June 21
For me this is excellent!

First off the disclaimer:

I'm using a wired Cat 6 cable, and I have a fairly decent PC. I can't speak to how this will perform over WiFi.

The Pros:

That being said, I have 0 dropped frames, and can stream at almost 1080p. The resolution is slightly under 1080p (not a lot, but I can see a slight difference). Games run perfectly, no lag, very smooth. It feels just like I'm in front of the gaming rig. Everything I plugged into it worked (this may be because the drivers are already installed on the PC, not sure). I was able to use mouse, keys, xbox 360 controllers (wired / wireless), my arcade fight sticks. If you have two gaming PC's your also able to pick and choose which one to connect to when you start up the unit. You can actually minimize Steam and control other applications on you PC as well, almost like remote connection. The unit comes packaged with all the cables you need, HDMI, Power, Ethernet. The unit is also very small, about the size of a western digital passport 2.5 external hard drive, so it doesn't take up much space at all.

The Cons:

Not many, however there is one. When you connect to the PC, and start a game. The game is playing on that PC's monitor. It can't be minimized, you can't run other applications. That PC is running Steam, your viewing what it see's in another room. So this isn't a deal breaker, I just wish while someone was gaming, I could use the PC for netflix, or something else in the other room.

The Verdict:

If you have a nice TV in the other room, and want to enjoy some gaming on the big screen this is a win. Keep in mind not all games have full controller support, so you will need some type of Mouse & Keys, I went with a small media center mouse / keys combo. And again If you want to use this, I would highly recommend going with a cat 6 cable. Make sure your rig can hang as well (decent GPU, Quad Core, 16 GB RAM). I should also point out the last thing I've noticed, if you do in home streaming with two PC's, well this won't do anything special for you. Its pretty much the same thing, minus the 2nd PC.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
Posted: June 3
Grabbed a Link since it's on sale for $35, plugged it into a switch on the other side of the house, and was able to play Dark Souls without even a hiccup. Plugged in a Logitech bluetooth adapter, keyboard works flawlessly (including the touchpad).

Comes with an HDMI cable, ethernet cable, AC adapter (along with 3 different power connectors for different world regions). I couldn't be more impressed with the Link. It feels solid, and the bottom is even rubberized so it doesn't slide all over the place.
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Recommended
Posted: May 28
Impressions from first few days of use have been fantastic! Input latency is almost nonexistant (<5ms) over wireless 802.11AC, and the display latency has been around 20-30ms (monitors are usually around 8-20ms, for reference), which is to say the total added latency is small enough that I don't feel it. Your mileage may vary; input latency will be higher if connected wirelessly on a slower router, and the total amount of display latency will vary from TV to TV, though I don't imagine many TV's will have prohibitively high display latency. Remember to set your TV to its Game mode if it has one to reduce display latency.

Expect a moderate hit to FPS from the burden of encoding your video output for streaming. If running a game at 60fps on your monitor maxes out your PC, you'll notice the framerate drop, and if you struggle to hit acceptable framerates on your monitor, the game will probably not be playable via Steam Link. Keep in mind that this is an issue that can be overcome by strong hardware in your gaming rig, and doesn't represent any sort of hard cap to what games the Steam Link can play. This is an issue inherent to streaming, and the Steam Link seems to do an admirable job of minimizing it - I haven't run into any FPS issues on games I can comfortably run at 60fps on my monitor.

If you have a mouse or Steam Controller, you can even exit Big Picture Mode and stream your desktop, videos, emulators, or anything else from your computer, though I haven't gotten a chance to really test its performance for this yet.

Steam Big Picture Mode is a little buggy at this stage, and tends to crash from time to time. Also note that games that require a mouse to get past the launcher will still need you to either have a mouse or a Steam Controller to get going, or you'll find yourself having to walk to your computer to use its mouse. For best performance, I'd recommend closing Big Picture, but it's reliable enough most of the time, and the interface feels really nice on a controller.

All said, it's absolutely incredible for a $50usd price point, and the occasional annoyances I've run into have thus far all been software issues rather than limitations of the hardware itself. Couch multiplayer is a nearly-lost delight, and it's a thrill to reintroduce it to my life in such a cheap, no-hassle way.
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Recommended
Posted: June 3
I've gone through several phases with my steam link. When i first got it - frustration, worked fine at first and then started playing up. Stopped using it.

2nd phase - bought some powerline adaptors. didnt work. only worked on wireless. only used it for streaming my music into my living room, and internet surfing.

3rd phase - several months later I decided to see if it would work. Presto it works! streams games great. been playing fallout 4 from my couch non stop and loving the product. Its taken some time to get there, but i think valve have got this product to where it should have been at release.

I think its great now and would recommend it to anyone unsure. The graphics are good and the sound is perfect. Its well worth the money for those days when you want to sit and play your pc on your giant downstairs telly. Just be aware that you might have problems with it at first or you could be one of the lucky ones.
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Posted: June 23
I've been using my Steam Link for both gaming and work (sometimes I need to be in a different part of the house from my PC when working from home), and in both cases, the Link has performed admirably. I'm using a wired connection, so I get no controller lag, and it works with 90% of the games I've tried. The other 10% are oddities like Distant Worlds: Universe or some older games, but for the most part, many of the games I've tried (gamepad and mouse/keyboard) work great. This really has expanded my gameplay options, and I couldn't be happier with it.
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