|Details:||Steam Link for $15, With Controller for $45|
The Steam Link is on sale for one more day at $15, or bundled with a controller for $45.
Steam Link normally sells for at least $30.
Also available at Amazon.com for the same $15 price, but a back-order shipping delay.
It works with a lot of $20 controllers, including Playstation controllers, Bluetooth controllers, and USB controllers.
This can be a hot deal if you have:
Steam Link connects your living room TV with your PC, even if they are in separate rooms.
With Steam Link, you can:
- a PC (Windows or Linux) with a good video card,
- a living room TV,
- and a wired Ethernet network (Cat5e, Cat6, or powerline network) connecting your living room and PC.
Wifi not recommended.
- (Optional) an A/V Receiver or speaker system that gets audio from HDMI (otherwise, it will use your TV's built-in speaker)
Setup fairly straightforward.
Here is an example setup image.
- Play Steam Store purchased games on your TV.
PC games are usually cheaper than Xbox and Playstation games.
- Play movies and music from your PC onto your TV.
- View just about anything from your PC to your TV (read this discussion).
If you have heard of Kodi or Plex, some people set up Kodi/Plex through their Steam Link to play videos and music from their network to their TV.
A dedicated Kodi or Plex player would normally sell for at least $50.
So, a game console (Xbox or Playstation) will be easier to setup.
A Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Blu-ray Player, or Kodi box will be easier to watch video/audio on your TV (and probably with better quality).
However, at $15, we think this is a hot deal since it expands your PC's games and apps into your living room with relative ease.
- Read some user reviews.
- Know that Steam Link only works while your PC is powered on.
- See how games play on your PC.
Any lag or noticeable problems with show on your TV too, since Steam Link copies your PC's display onto your TV.
- Know that some configuration/setup (and technical know-how) may be required.
Here is an article about tweaking the picture quality of the Steam Link settings, and general PC and network knowledge may be required.
- It is not designed for streaming audio and video like a Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast, or Blu-ray Player, but can be used for that purpose with slight quality degradation.