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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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Grifter 20 November 2018 at 7:46 pm UTC
Have they also discontinued the steam controller? The potentiometer for the analog stick in mine is only half-functioning at this point and I was looking around to get a new one, but no stores seem to carry it anymore, and the amazon ones are listed at 100 euros which is insane.
Beer 20 November 2018 at 8:57 pm UTC
joaojottaI 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.

I suspect this is going to get the full treatment.. smart TVs, android, android TV, iOS, etc. I have to admit, it is pretty cool to be able to stream your games to any device as long as wifi isn't an issue.
slaapliedje 20 November 2018 at 10:18 pm UTC
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So the trick with the audio is to disable 5.1 surround. Yeah it sucks, but fixed all the audio related glitches I found.

Isn't the link open source? Anyhow I ordered a second one, and amazon is still selling them for 120, so I got the Link and a 3rd controller from Steam for 89 for downstairs...

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Natedawg 21 November 2018 at 5:23 am UTC
Hmmm, that's too bad. My children and I use one here at home almost every day
STiAT 21 November 2018 at 9:53 am UTC
I like my steam link. Not getting any SmartTV/AndroidTV, so I'll keep it around as long as possible.
etonbears 21 November 2018 at 11:24 am UTC
Valve seems to have taken a scattergun approach to encouraging their concept of open gaming, but I still think they would prefer a SteamOS device. I can't see many companies wanting to produce one with a cheap alternative available, even if streaming has a lot of issues for some people.

I guess Steamplay of games via proton is also much easier to validate on SteamOS-driven partner hardware.

Maybe we will see another round of Steam Machines in 12 months or so.
cprn 21 November 2018 at 12:28 pm UTC
Was going to buy one this December! Sad, sad, sad...
denyasis 21 November 2018 at 4:32 pm UTC
I just looked on the steam store. It's 95% off right now if any one is thinking of getting it (U.S.A.)

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Mohandevir 21 November 2018 at 6:09 pm UTC
Thing is, when it was heavily discounted, it was cheaper to buy a Steam Link for the network and HDMI cable included than buying the cables alone. So I bought 2 of them.

Tried using them hardwired and it did a good job with many games but for others (ex: Witcher 3) I had lots of pixelated frames or just bad performances (Deux Ex: Mankind Divided). Since that's the kind of games I play, the Steam Link doesn't really make it for me. Too bad, I really like the concept and tought that it might become a good client for an hypothetical "Steam streaming service".

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slaapliedje 21 November 2018 at 8:09 pm UTC
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denyasisI just looked on the steam store. It's 95% off right now if any one is thinking of getting it (U.S.A.)
Seriously? I just bought one when I saw this article posted, but it was 89 for controller and link...

Oh, I DID get the discount! Sweet! Ha, the Shipping is more than the price of the Link.

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