Steam Link Valve’s Video Game Streaming Box
Back in March at the Game Developers Conference, Valve made numerous announcements amongst them was the Steam Link. Gamers especially PC gamers are most likely no strangers to Valve’s Steam service. Where PC gamers can go and peruse and buy digital copies of games, Steam has a huge selection of games for players to choose from. The problem a lot of gamers have with PC gaming is that it’s often times confined to your PC’s monitor. There are of course ways around this, however there isn’t really a way that’s a good option for everyone. Valve hopes to change all of this with Steam Link.
What is Steam Link, and what does it do?
Steam Link is a small device that allows you to stream a game from your PC to your TV. The Steam Link shouldn’t be confused with other set-top boxes that attempt to be home consoles. The Steam Link isn’t actually playing the game, all of the heavy lifting will be done by the PC. The device will only be streaming the game from the PC to the TV.
Steam Link is impressive, but being impressive and being up to the task are two different things. According to Valve once you connect a Steam Link to a home network, the device will then be able to stream games from any PC also connected to the same network.
I find this to be a refreshing move on Valve’s part. It’s common for homes to have multiple PC’s, so this way you only need to have one Steam Link per home network. Now if you are running multiple home networks for whatever reason then you will need more than one Steam Link.
Valve also claim that Steam Link will support streaming up to 1080p at 60hz with a low latency. Now that last part is important. If Steam Link is to be successful than low latency is an aspect that Valve can’t afford to get wrong. If players are playing a game especially a multiplayer game, and there is a high latency between the PC and the Steam Link. Then players are going to have a bad experience, and that would spell disaster for the new hardware. This is an aspect of the hardware that Valve needs to have right from the start if the Steam Link is going to succeed.
There should be no doubt that Valve has come up with a unique and innovative solution. Of course that has been said about numerous devices in the past. However since Steam Link hasn’t released yet it’s entirely too early to tell what its future may hold. Steam Link will release on November, 10 2015 for $49.99, and will work with Steam Box, PC, and Mac.
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