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Valve put the Steam Controller and Steam Link on a big sale again

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Still haven't picked up a Steam Controller or Steam Link? This latest sale might tempt you to do so as they're cheap. Note: These are not affiliate links, just highlighting a good deal.

You can buy them as a bundle, with 55% off for £35.98 which is pretty fantastic.

Separately, you can by the Steam Controller with 30% off for £27.99 and also the Steam Link, with 70% off for £11.99.

I will likely never find a use for the Steam Link in my house right now, since I have a PC hooked up to my TV. The Steam Controller however has uses that never end. Great for the majority of games I've played with it, not all mind you, but most. It also doubles up as the remote for my TV PC using SC Controller and it works so nicely.

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debianxfce 31 August 2017 at 10:43 pm UTC
For a good controller you do not have pay so much. OEM PS3 controller from China is very good. However, you need to patch bluez to make it work.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjHXXY5ncog
Darkdisorder78 1 September 2017 at 2:47 am UTC
But the controller doesn't work in every game. They have yet to fix a Steam controller bug in Saints Row IV. Plus the part about it hatpic feedback is so pointless unless you are using Windows. It doesnt even work in Steam OS\linux. If I was a linux user I wouldn't buy this controlled.
saildata 1 September 2017 at 4:28 am UTC
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SparhawkThat's a huge discount. Maybe also trying to get ridd of inventory, so they can introduce the next gen versions.
That would imply that they update their products

liamdaweThey actually run these sales quite a lot
Very true. Over the past year they have both been on sale multiple times! The controller 7 times and the link 8 (steamdb.info). It's not every month, but it's pretty darn close.
liamdawe 1 September 2017 at 6:51 am UTC
Darkdisorder78But the controller doesn't work in every game.
Works in every game I've tested.

Darkdisorder78They have yet to fix a Steam controller bug in Saints Row IV.
Will test that today.

Darkdisorder78Plus the part about it hatpic feedback is so pointless unless you are using Windows. It doesnt even work in Steam OS\linux. If I was a linux user I wouldn't buy this controlled.
Eh? It has always worked on Linux. You have to turn it on in the config for each game.
hateball 1 September 2017 at 6:52 am UTC
LinasI did get a Steam Link the last time it went on sale. And I am not using it.

First of all, you want wired network, or really high quality wireless. And even then it is recommended to have either the PC or the Steam Link wired.

I got it to work mostly smoothly over wireless + wired configuration, but some random interference would still cause a latency spike once in a while. Which always seem to happen at the worst possible moment.

The video quality itself is very good. And I didn't notice much performance degradation in games either. Which was surprising, because my graphics card was already struggling. It seems to be more CPU bound, at least with software encoding, and I do have a decent CPU.

Latency itself is not too bad, but it is there, and it is noticeable. Not much of a problem for sofa gaming with a controller, but for competitive or any twitch reflex gaming it's a no go. For example I had problems playing Race the Sun, as I struggled to time the maneuvers to avoid obstacles.

But the real deal breaker for me was very limited peripheral support. Namely no wheel and pedals. There is a third party application that claims to enable that, but the reviews on Steam were largely negative, so I didn't bother.

It is nice piece of technology, and can be useful if you have the right setup. But make sure that you know what you are getting.

I had similar lag-spikes like you mention, Steam Link being wired and PC on 802.11AC. In my case it was down to the Intel firmware/driver that drops packets every time network-manager rescans for APs. Since I only have one router/AP at home and don't need to roam, I forced the BSSID to only use my router and have not had a problem since.

Just putting it out there, in case someone else has had similar issues.
ImFromMoston 1 September 2017 at 9:26 am UTC
I have a steam controller but I would not recommend it to anybody. I have given up on it as the support is lacking, in fact its a joke. I wanted to use the controller on the desktop for web browsing etc but as soon as I bring up the keyboard interface and type the first letter it freezes and its been like this since launch.

This is what irks me about valve. they seems to throw a half finished product out there then move on to the next thing such as supporting ps4 pads... VALVE, AT LEAST GET YOUR OWN F***ING PAD FULLY FUNCTIONAL BEFORE STARTING WORK ON SUPPORTING SOMEONE ELSE'S CONTROLLER.
Alex V.Sharp 1 September 2017 at 9:42 am UTC
I wanted to buy the SteamLink once... but the shipping costs were not worth it.
const 1 September 2017 at 10:28 am UTC
Already own one and would like to buy 3 additional ones for local multiplayer, but can only add one to my cart
monsieursauce 1 September 2017 at 11:03 am UTC
What about Steam machines ? I cannot find a purchase page on Dell's Alienware website. I would have rather bought one Steam machine than a controller only.


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Darkdisorder78 1 September 2017 at 12:30 pm UTC
monsieursauceWhat about Steam machines ? I cannot find a purchase page on Dell's Alienware website. I would have rather bought one Steam machine than a controller only.
Why do people think the Steam Machines aren't being sold anymore? Where are you ? These are some links to the Alienware Steam Machine R2. Might be available in the US for now.
http://www.sears.com/alienware-dell-steam-machine-tvs-electronics-computers/p-SPM8686527705?sid=IDx20110310x00001i&gclid=Cj0KCQjwiqTNBRDVARIsAGsd9MpQDlXIXZl6OueT4a8Y058I-5EWD8atNxyozEp5i6pvvwhtAS6x7ZAaAppeEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CKroq-79g9YCFdRFAQodzI4I5w
Alienware Steam Machine R1
http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/cty/pdp/spd/alienware-steam-machine/dkcwa01s?oc=dkcwa01s&l=en&s=dhs&cid=309562&st=&gclid=Cj0KCQjwiqTNBRDVARIsAGsd9Morxb5who-vorgcPK2IAJx9ET7QZC5fmaxuhi9ClU_F_9y0zzaN96oaAtlXEALw_wcB&lid=5848363&VEN1=sDqGj7giy,183426486698,901pdb6671,t,,DKCWA01S&VEN2=,&dgc=st&dgseg=dhs&acd=12309238309501410&VEN3=116503549070393950
Take a look and tell me if you would pay for this.
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