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Steam Link hardware officially walks the plank, there's an app for that

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Valve has quietly mentioned that the Steam Link is selling out across the world with stock either sold out or about to be sold out. It's already sold out in Europe with stock in the US almost gone too, so if you want one you better act fast.

It's a shame, as I don't think they device really lived up to the potential it offered. Valve didn't exactly do a lot with it after release, although is did basically serve its purpose. We knew this day was coming, since it has repeatedly been on sale for next to nothing.

Valve will continue support it, but at this point they're probably hoping more people start using the Steam Link App which you won't need yet another device for picking up dust.

I was quite impressed with the Steam Link Android app at release. which Valve has slowly made some good improvements on like being able to stream to multiple devices, giving you some streamed local co-op.

Did you buy one? Are you sad to see it go? Do let us know in the comments.

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wvstolzing 20 November 2018 at 12:04 pm UTC
MerpIf you wanna try out something similar but with a Raspberry Pi, check out this reddit thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/raspberry_pi/comments/9q580m/streaming_games_from_you_pc_to_you_pi_nivida_only/

Another thing to try might be running Android on an RPi 3 B+ (which should(?) have enough power & bandwidth), and the Steam App on top of that.

*If* it works, it wouldn't be nvidia only (because dependent on Moonlight) either.
Arehandoro 20 November 2018 at 12:22 pm UTC
I don't have an Android TV and the Android phone I have is from the company, so Steam Link hardware for me it is. I must say I love playing with it albeit some graphically extensive games, as mentioned above, don't have such a great experience. However, some classic graphic adventures in the big screen so myself and my partner can enjoy them at the same time in the sofa are just ideal.
jardon 20 November 2018 at 12:33 pm UTC
Rutine
jardonHas anyone had any issues with the video freezing when streaming a proton game from a Linux host to another device? Audio and input continue to work but the video steam freezes when focused on some proton games.

I opened a ticket with valve but was curious if any of you had that issue. Its a shame cause it makes my steam link far less useful.

The two Proton games I tested and streamed (Warlock Master of the Arcane and Orcs Must Die) both worked and streamed fine. With what games did you have this issue?

Here are a few examples:
  • The Witcher 3
  • Dark Souls 3
  • Stick Fight

Heres the link of the Github issue for more details: https://github.com/ValveSoftware/steam-for-linux/issues/5831
Kallestofeles 20 November 2018 at 12:48 pm UTC
Ehhhh. I have used this a lot for streaming stuff in-house, sad to see it discontinued. I too have a smartTv but an LG one which runs linux and not android - so no link app for me.
Who knows how long they'll plan on supporting the steam link interface - maybe I'll need to simply get a chromecast then.
Doc Angelo 20 November 2018 at 1:11 pm UTC
I think the Steam Link will continue to work for the foreseeable future. They don't give up on InHome-Streaming. Just this particular hardware.
coryrj19951 20 November 2018 at 2:11 pm UTC
I have one, but my network was never good enough to actually use it. Although about a week ago I did install RetroArch on the hardware and it has gotten some use that way
joaojotta 20 November 2018 at 2:27 pm UTC
I have an extra one, still sealed in the box.
It will make a great collector’s item. ;)

Yet, what’s replacing it? The Android app? So you must have an Android TV for it or connect the phone to the TV?
Doesn’t seem so practical. Cheaper but not as practical.

I just hope they keep supporting it for a long time.
denyasis 20 November 2018 at 3:10 pm UTC
I like mine. Don't get to use it much as I kept having trouble with the steam controller.

I kinda figured a software solution would replace it eventually, just never thought it would be an Android app. Hopefully they expand it to other platforms so the rest of us can use it.

The link was an interesting idea.
denyasis 20 November 2018 at 3:13 pm UTC
coryrj19951I have one, but my network was never good enough to actually use it. Although about a week ago I did install RetroArch on the hardware and it has gotten some use that way
coryrj19951I have one, but my network was never good enough to actually use it. Although about a week ago I did install RetroArch on the hardware and it has gotten some use that way

wait! You can do that?! With DOS box too? I've some old DOS games I'd love to play!
schidin 20 November 2018 at 5:26 pm UTC
I bought a steam link and use it daily. It is much better than putting in an hdmi cable. I noticed some signifikant CPU usage while streaming through. I also like that if your Computer has two Monitors, the streamed picture just Shows the Monitor where your mouse is.

Sad that they will not comtinue producing it. Glad I have one
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