Steam Link

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Steam Link
Steam Link.jpg
Developer Valve Corporation
Type Digital media player
Release date November 10, 2015 (2015-11-10)
Introductory price US$49.99
Operating system Customized Linux[1]
CPU ARMv7[1]
Memory 512 MB
Storage 4 GiB
Graphics Vivante GC1000 GPU
Controller input
Connectivity 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 100 Mbit/s Ethernet
Online services Steam
Dimensions 0.59 in (15 mm) H
4.85 in (123 mm) W
3.53 in (90 mm) D
Website Steam Link

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.[2]

Hardware[edit]

Steam Link is listed as having the following technical specifications:[3]

  • 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:[4]

  • Marvell DE3005-A1 CPU
  • Marvell WiFi chip 88W8897
  • Vivante GC1000 GPU

The Steam Link comes with power adapters for various countries.

Input[edit]

The Steam Link can use a keyboard and mouse as input, and also various USB and wireless controllers. Officially supported controllers include:[5]

  • 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:

Software[edit]

Operating System[edit]

The Steam Link uses a modified version of GNU/Linux based on version 3.8 of the Linux kernel.[1] It is possible to enable root SSH access to the system.

SDK[edit]

One month after release, support was added to the Steam Link to have Steam Link apps, which can be created using an SDK.[6][1] 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[edit]

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.[5]

Mobile app[edit]

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.[7] However, Apple Inc. rejected the app from its App Store because of "business conflicts with app guidelines".[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawler, Richard (March 3, 2015). "$50 Steam Link streams PC games anywhere within your house". Engadget. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "Steam Link". Valve Corporation.
  3. ^ https://boilingsteam.com/whats-the-steam-link-made-of/
  4. ^ a b "Steam Link FAQ". Valve Corporation.
  5. ^ https://steamcommunity.com/app/353380/discussions/0/487876568226628160/
  6. ^ Pereira, Chris (May 9, 2018). "Valve Will Soon Let You Play All Your Steam Games On Your Phone". GameSpot. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  7. ^ Apple rejects Valve’s Steam Link game streaming app over ‘business conflicts’ - Nick Statt, The Verge, 24 May 2018

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