|Type||Digital media player|
|Release date||November 10, 2015|
|Operating system||Customized Linux|
|Graphics||Vivante GC1000 GPU|
|Connectivity||802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 100 Mbit/s Ethernet|
0.59 in (15 mm) H |
4.85 in (123 mm) W
3.53 in (90 mm) D
Steam Link is a stand-alone hardware device to enable streaming of Steam content from a personal computer or a Steam Machine wirelessly to a television set, including integration of Steam Controller functionality. The device was released along with the debut of Steam Machines in November 2015.
Steam Link is listed as having the following technical specifications:
- Wired 100 Mbit/s Fast Ethernet and Wireless 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
- 3× USB 2.0 ports
- Bluetooth 4.0
- HDMI out
- Support for the following control peripherals: Steam Controller, DualShock 4, Xbox One or 360 Wired Controller, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710, or keyboard and mouse
A tear-down revealed the following specific hardware parts:
- Marvell DE3005-A1 CPU
- Marvell WiFi chip 88W8897
- Vivante GC1000 GPU
The Steam Link comes with power adapters for various countries.
- The Steam Controller
- Microsoft Xbox One Wired Controller
- Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller
- Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows
- Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710
- Sony DualShock 4
Other, unsupported but compatible controllers include:
- PS3 Controller
- Xbox One Controller
- Wii U Pro Controller
- Nvidia Shield Controller
- Logitech F310
- Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
One month after release, support was added to the Steam Link to have Steam Link apps, which can be created using an SDK. A number of such apps have been created, such as apps for accessing Kodi, but no database or store for them exists as of November 2017.
Games and applications
Any Steam game that can run on the host computer can be streamed to the Steam Link. It is not possible for a Mac/Linux host to stream a Windows game, and vice versa. Non-Steam games can be played as well.
In May 2018, Valve announced it would release the Steam Link app for iOS and Android mobile devices that will allow users to play streaming games to these devices, without the need for the Link hardware. However, Apple Inc. rejected the app from its App Store because of "business conflicts with app guidelines".
- Lawler, Richard (March 3, 2015). "$50 Steam Link streams PC games anywhere within your house". Engadget. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- "Steam Link". Valve Corporation.
- Pereira, Chris (May 9, 2018). "Valve Will Soon Let You Play All Your Steam Games On Your Phone". GameSpot. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
- Apple rejects Valve’s Steam Link game streaming app over ‘business conflicts’ - Nick Statt, The Verge, 24 May 2018