Valve's failed attempt to marry PC gaming with console-like living room play may not get resurrected any time soon...well at least in the current iteration.
Valve is discontinuing production of its Steam Link hardware, the company today announced.Once the mini-box is sold out, it'll be gone for good, and stock is already depleted in Europe and fast fading in the U.S. too. If you've ever been interested in the Steam couch gaming ecosystem you should act fast.
"The supply of physical Steam Link hardware devices is almost sold out. Moving forward, Valve intends to continue supporting the existing Steam Link hardware as well as distribution of the software versions of Steam Link, available for many leading smartphones, tablets and televisions. Click here to find out more about the Steam Link App," the company said.
To kill the box off as fast as possible Valve is selling the Steam Link for just $2.50 or 95% off. Shipping is about $7.99 so you'll be paying about $10.50 altogether.
The Steam Link is an interesting device that essentially lets you link your PC to your TV without having to physically move your rig. This poses some convenient gaming opportunities that are designed more for couch gamers rather than those who have dedicated desks.
Have questions? Check more info about Steam Link below:
Setup is easy. Just connect your Steam Link to your TV and home network, where it will automatically discover any computer running Steam. All that's left to do is grab your favorite controller, kick back, and enjoy your collection of games from the comfort of your couch.
Steam Link is designed to take advantage of the horsepower you already have in your home, streaming from your current gaming computer by mirroring its experience to your TV. Video and audio data is sent from your computer to the Steam Link, while your controller input is sent back in real-time. Virtually every game that your computer runs can be played on your TV using Steam Link.
- 1080p resolution at 60 FPS
- Wired 100 Mbit/s Fast Ethernet and Wireless 802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO) networking abilities
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
- Bluetooth 4.0
- HDMI out
- Supports Steam Controller (sold separately,) Xbox One or 360 Wired Controller, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710, or keyboard and mouse
- Steam Link
- Power cable and adapter
- HDMI 2.0 cable
- Ethernet cable
- A host computer running SteamOS, or Steam Big Picture Mode on Windows Vista or newer, Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer, Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or newer.
- A TV or display capable of running at 720p or 1080p resolution
- Any of the input devices listed above
- Home network connectivity to both Steam Link and host computer. Wired network strongly recommended.