Valve's Steam Link hardware is nearly gone for good

Isaac Cain
November 21, 2018

The Steam Link is basically a little box you pop under your living room TV that allows you to stream your games from your PC gaming rig. And while the device definitely made an impression upon its launch, the writing has been on the wall for some time now that Valve hasn't been completely satisfied with the hardware.

The biggest reason for the phasing out is likely the Steam Link app that is available on Android OS and some Samsung smart displays. Supplies in Europe are already sold out, and Valve say they're nearly gone in the U.S. too. The Steam Link in turn was a relatively simple and low-priced set-top box that served as a remote streaming endpoint; gamers could use it to see what Steam was seeing on their PC, and then remotely play their games.

Valve announced that the device would be discontinued last night on the product's official Steam forum.

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Valve is further distancing itself from the hardware sector. It says it will "continue supporting the existing Steam Link hardware", alongside its development of the software version of the Steam Link which isn't reliant on its own brand hardware solution.

In order to use the Steam Link, your desktop PC still had to be running and connected to the Link through either Wi-Fi or ethernet.

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