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Steam Link / Controller

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by slipd, Apr 11, 2020.

  1. slipd

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 26, 2004

    Posts: 4,274

    Location: Hampshire

    Hi guys,

    What's the score with the above; have Valve completely dropped them now?

    I bought both items last year, open the boxes, played about with them for approximately 20 minutes and returned them to their respective houses :)

    I'm not sure they're needed?

    I game with an Xbox controller and if I do look at game streaming, this kit will be redundant anyway, won't it?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Haggisman

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 6, 2004

    Posts: 13,143

    Location: Birmingham

    It's handy for when your PC is in one room but you want to game elsewhere, e.g. PC in office, but want to play on your TV.

    Obviously isn't going to beat a long Hdmi lead & usb extension for the controller, but a lot more convenient than running cables.

    I used to have one and it worked very well (have since upgraded to an Nvidia shield which serves the same purpose)
     
  3. keenan

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 22, 2009

    Posts: 682

    As above, the steam link is more of an extension of your PC to the living room.

    My steam controller is connected to my steam link and works perfectly for couch gaming.
     
  4. slipd

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 26, 2004

    Posts: 4,274

    Location: Hampshire

    Thanks both! I think I'm good then... I'll bundle it up for the 'Bay :)
     
  5. synrgy87

    Associate

    Joined: Dec 8, 2011

    Posts: 25

    Seems also there's rumblings via patents of a new steam controller in the works so we'll probably see a new version with more customization options, I do like mine though.
     
  6. Kamakazie!

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 12, 2003

    Posts: 1,791

    I like mine for remote play but some games just crash endlessly whilst playing which makes it a bit hit & miss.
    If it was more consistently stable then it'd be amazing but as it is, I think the link is passable.

    The controllers are great though, so much better for M&K only games where they suit couch gaming.
    Some of the benefits have diminished now you can remap / customise Xbox, PS controllers etc in the same tool.
     
  7. Thesman106

    Gangster

    Joined: Sep 11, 2017

    Posts: 103

    Man I remember missing the last deal for the controller, was bumed that my payment didn't go through. But there was news about a new version coming out. No eta at the moment though
     
  8. CaptainRAVE

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Nov 21, 2004

    Posts: 33,629

    The steam link is now software on my Samsung TVs and I hated the controller, so both are now obsolete for me.
     
  9. Thesman106

    Gangster

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    Is the tv app any good?
     
  10. CaptainRAVE

    Man of Honour

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    Yes, much better than the hardware link. I've found it to be much more reliable. It also means you have more ports available via the one connect box. For best results you still need a cable rather than wireless though.
     
  11. Narj

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 19, 2010

    Posts: 12,310

    Location: London

    I eventually got annoyed with mine and got a mini gaming PC setup for the living room. Much better.

    The Steam link and controller are in a box under the stairs now.
     
  12. Thesman106

    Gangster

    Joined: Sep 11, 2017

    Posts: 103

    Oh nice, i should give it a go then. Was too skeptical about it
     
  13. strocky

    Gangster

    Joined: Jul 9, 2007

    Posts: 320

    Got two steam links when Game was punting them for £10 and lucky if I've used them twice
     
  14. ikillbears

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 5, 2006

    Posts: 3,524

    Just to add to this I have steam link running on my Fire Tv, works great