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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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Ardje 28 November 2018 at 12:23 am UTC
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slaapliedjeSpeaking of the Link, here's some fun I have with my current TV.

I turn on the Link via Steam Controller button... it turns on the TV and brings up the correct HDMI input... but then decides to turn on the PS4 Pro that's connected to it. Which I then have to turn off via it's controller and switch back to the Link's HDMI input because the PS4 made it switch....

Also if I turn off the PS4 Pro, it doesnt' turn off the TV, so when I push the power button on the remote to turn that off... about a minute later the PS4 pro turns back on.

Stupid CEC.
And you might f* that carefully crafted setup by connecting a PC to the hdmi port as some video cards have grounded that line, and it's a bus so it's dead.
Anyway: I've noticed that if I do not turn off the link by hand/steam controller and turn off my tv, which turns off my receiver and puts my tv receiver in standby, it does something on the CEC bus, which in turn causes my receiver to wake up and request stream, which in turn turns on the receiver and we have a night long noises...
The link will keep making noises on the cec bus, so it's unstoppable until I turn off the link first.
My tv-receiver has a lot of CEC settings and this was the best way to handle my girlfriend turning the tv on, and the tv saying that it can't receive anything (which it can't because it's a stupid ass tv that can't handle the 6k channels I have, it stops at 5k with an overflow and just bugs out.

But this is the right procedure: turn on the tv, let anything play it's things with channel switching. Takes about 30s. Then turn on the link, it will switch channels. When finished with the link, turn it off, and then turn off the tv.
slaapliedje 29 November 2018 at 4:11 am UTC
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Ha, it's funny that CEC is supposed to be this awesome thing that will control all the devices, but then does it in a really messed up way.

Usually if I want to watch Netflix/Amazon Prime, my new TV has a dedicated button on the remote for each, but last night I just hit the power button, which turned on the PS4 Pro, and then I controlled it with the remote...
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