Steam Link Announced

Valve announces Steam Link, a new product to allow gamers to stream content from a Steam computer to any room in the house, presumably the new living room device they mentioned last week. They promise more details at the GDC, and here's what they say for now: "Steam Machines, Windows PCs, Macs, and Linux PCs will be able to take advantage of a new product announced at GDC called Steam Link. Designed to extend your Steam experience to any room in the house, Steam Link allows you to stream all your Steam content from any PC or Steam Machine on the same home network. Supporting 1080p at 60Hz with low latency, Steam Link will be available this November for $49.99, and available with a Steam Controller for an additional $49.99 in the US (worldwide pricing to be released closer to launch)."
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jdreyer wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 20:13:
So will/can/how do controllers work with the streaming content?

How can the controllers linked to the computer upstairs communicate with the TV downstairs?

Either WiFi directly built into the controller or a direct usb connection to the streaming device, would be my guess.
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Mar 4, 2015, 09:49
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This leads me to believe the SteamBox initiative is dead. This is actually more along the lines of what most people were looking for. An inexpensive way to play games where ever. There was no way I was goign to buy a Steambox when I have a multi-thousand dollar gaming rig in my office (nor would my wife let me given she's already putting up with me havint two consoles in the living room) but this inexpensive option allows for all the flexibility of a PC in the living room with a low overhead.

They've tested the technology, I've been doing it between my wife's laptop and my PC for months. It's solid so this makes sense, now if they start letting applications like Plex enter the equation then they'd have a killer device.
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Mar 4, 2015, 09:44
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CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 22:07:
What the fuck is up with all of that streaming hype anyway? Is there any other practical scenario for it other than watching let's plays while fucking your wife?

Well for example my PS4 is in my living room, I write reviews for a blog which means some times I have to plow through a game due to a self imposed timeline and the wife wants to watch her programs. I can go downstairs to my office and use my PSTV to link up and play games on my office monitor instead of upstairs. It basically unlocks the gaming experience from a particular room. Unless you are taking streaming as the narrow band view but it's pretty clear that when they use the word streaming they mean streaming in the sense you are streaming the output of one device one way and the input from another device the other way. This isn't let's play type stuff this is desktop sharing stuff.
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Mar 4, 2015, 09:41
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jdreyer wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 20:13:
So will/can/how do controllers work with the streaming content?

How can the controllers linked to the computer upstairs communicate with the TV downstairs?

Given that you can already do this with their extant client (ie. have Steam logged in on two computers you can stream from one machine to another over your LAN) I'm suspecting this is going to be a USB driven device or micro computer using a thin client SteamOS install. All the heavy lifting will be done on your PC and using something that they've been able to do for about a year (at least) they are now just putting a bow on it and selling it to people. This is actually probably closer to what people want out of a SteamBox than what is being brought to market with that name. As for how, just your wifi. I have been able to play games on my wife's crappy laptop just as smoothly as my PC downstairs and that's running over wifi. Anyhow, time will tell.
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Also great if you don't want your kids on your PC clicking on monkeys to win free Iphones. Never know when one of them might stumble onto your porn.
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Mar 4, 2015, 00:49
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It's all about where you want to sit your ass down. And that's about it. Steam machines, streaming, yadda yadda. It's not very exciting. Go make a game or something.
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Mar 3, 2015, 23:32
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Jerykk wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 23:22:
CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 22:07:
What the fuck is up with all of that streaming hype anyway? Is there any other practical scenario for it other than watching let's plays while fucking your wife?

It means you only need one gaming PC for your household because all the other machines can just stream from it. Not so useful if everybody wants to play games at the same time but works well if everyone has their own schedules.

Because there are some games I want to play from my couch that are on my PC, and I don't want to have a loud PCin my living room to stream them to, and Icertainly don't want to buy another expensive gaming PCfor my TVwhen I can stream to a cheaper device.
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CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 22:07:
What the fuck is up with all of that streaming hype anyway? Is there any other practical scenario for it other than watching let's plays while fucking your wife?

It means you only need one gaming PC for your household because all the other machines can just stream from it. Not so useful if everybody wants to play games at the same time but works well if everyone has their own schedules.
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Mar 3, 2015, 23:15
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And NVidia announced a console. Can't tell yet if it streams.

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What the fuck is up with all of that streaming hype anyway? Is there any other practical scenario for it other than watching let's plays while fucking your wife?
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jdreyer wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 20:13:
So will/can/how do controllers work with the streaming content?

How can the controllers linked to the computer upstairs communicate with the TV downstairs?

They're selling their controller to go with it, so obviously they do work. I'm pretty sure the controller is not linked to the computer upstairs, it's connected to the device that is receiving the stream at your TV. So yeah, latency added.
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Mar 3, 2015, 20:33
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Waiting for NVidia's announcement tonight. Almost guaranteed to also be a streaming device. I like Steam a lot, but I want something that streams anything I want from my PC< not just Steam. And surround sound.
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Mar 3, 2015, 20:20
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Sounds awesome and that Source 2 leak awhile ago seemed to indicate HL3 and L4D3 were already in dev.
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So will/can/how do controllers work with the streaming content?

How can the controllers linked to the computer upstairs communicate with the TV downstairs?
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The Half Elf wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 19:57:
Anyone else having a Sierra/Lucasarts vibe from this? You know, when they use to make games?

Yeah, just said that in the other thread. There will be no HL3. Valve is done with making games it appears.
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Does it support 5.1 audio yet? The only reason I don't use in-home streaming more to my TV is because it only outputs stereo.
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Anyone else having a Sierra/Lucasarts vibe from this? You know, when they use to make games?
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