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Move over Steam Link, there's a Raspberry Pi app in town now

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Valve have today announced a Beta version of the Steam Link app for the Raspberry Pi which could prove to be interesting.

Since Valve are seemingly discontinuing their own Steam Link device, along with creating the new Steam Link applications for mobile devices, one for the Raspberry Pi does make a lot of sense. I imagine quite a number of people already own the device, so being able to stream your favourite Steam games to it is probably quite appealing.

Specifically, the Pi 3 and 3 B+ are supported running Raspbian Stretch (A Debian-based Linux distribution). It can be installed directly from a Valve-provided .deb file and in the comments on the announcement Valve also linked to a Debian source package (after someone said about an arch PKGBUILD).

I imagine the Raspberry Pi folks are pretty happy to see Valve do this too.

See the full info here.

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Dunc 3 December 2018 at 9:16 pm UTC
Very cool, but it's a pity it needs a Pi 3. I have some old 1s and 2s sitting around doing nothing, and I expect I'm not alone. It would have been nice to be able to put them to use. I assume it's a hardware limitation and there's nothing that can be done about it, though.

Oh, well. Santa is coming soon.
wvstolzing 3 December 2018 at 9:19 pm UTC
I hope they also release steamcmd on the RPi eventually. (Or better yet, open source it.)
Jollt 3 December 2018 at 9:21 pm UTC
YESSS! Awesome Love Pi's.
codythedragondude 3 December 2018 at 9:22 pm UTC
Looks like ii have another micro sd card to buy now
man i love that nothing hard installs on the rapsberry pi such a cool way to do a multi purpose device
Naib 3 December 2018 at 9:28 pm UTC
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This is good. I have a steam link and it is great for the kids in the living room.
I do dread the day my link breaks and I don't have some sort of steambox in the living room. Being able to deploy a RPi is a good fallback
Mohandevir 3 December 2018 at 9:29 pm UTC
Awesome!

I only hope that the Steam Controller's usb dongles will be compatible... Not a big fan of using the bluetooth alternative...

Do you think we may hope for a futur integration with Kodi (OSMC/LibreELEC) and/or Retropi/Recalbox?


Last edited by Mohandevir at 3 December 2018 at 9:43 pm UTC
pb 3 December 2018 at 9:44 pm UTC
"Since Valve are seemingly discontinuing their own Steam Link device, along with Steam Link applications for mobile devices"

Hm, did I miss something? The app seems to be alive, with the last update just three days ago? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.valvesoftware.steamlink
trawz 3 December 2018 at 9:49 pm UTC
That's awesome! Too bad my Pi's Wi-Fi stopped working a few days ago Maybe I can try a USB Wi-Fi plug.
liamdawe 3 December 2018 at 9:49 pm UTC
pb"Since Valve are seemingly discontinuing their own Steam Link device, along with Steam Link applications for mobile devices"

Hm, did I miss something? The app seems to be alive, with the last update just three days ago? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.valvesoftware.steamlink
Don't take antihistamines and write articles kids, you don't make sense. Fixed.
MayeulC 3 December 2018 at 9:54 pm UTC
I feel like what I wrote in the spoiler below is too negative. I was (and am) quite hyped by this announcement, although it not having been open-sourced was a bit of a letdown to me :/
Still quite cool!

Spoiler, click me

Original message:

Slightly cool... Although a piece of software like this one ough to be open source...

I guess they cannot opensource it due to some licensing concerns, or for obscure reasons. However, if it was open source, it would be super hyper mega cool!!! With people able to chime in and implement more bits of functionality, like USB over the network, and other stuff (there's sort of a snowball effect I've noticed with open source software: you have to provide a big enough seed with already some momentum in it if you want to see it become a success story). Network transparency for Wayland app comes to my mind as well.

So, please, if someone at valve could either push (harder?) for it to be open sourced, or at least state why it is not, it would be greatly appreciated, on behalf of the whole community.

I originally gave the Steam link six months for it to be reverse-engineered and a third-party client written. Then I gave the steam link app two months for the same feat. I guess I was wrong on both counts. I give this one a couple weeks? Multiply by 10?

pb"Since Valve are seemingly discontinuing their own Steam Link device, along with Steam Link applications for mobile devices"

Hm, did I miss something? The app seems to be alive, with the last update just three days ago? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.valvesoftware.steamlink

More likely "With the steam Link app for mobile devices, along with discontinuing the steam link..."


Last edited by MayeulC at 3 December 2018 at 10:02 pm UTC
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