Valve has announced that the first Steam Machines will launch in November. These are gaming computers from companies including Alienware and Falcon Northwett which will run Valve’s Linux-based operating system called Steam OS.
The company has also introduced a new device called the Steam Link which will let you stream games over your home network so that you can play even if you’re not in the same room as your gaming PC.
The Steam Link will also be available in November, and it will sell for $50.
The Steam Link is a small box with HDMI, Ethernet, and USB ports which you can connect to a TV and use with a Steam Controller video game controller — you’ll also be able to buy a Steam Link and Steam Controller bundle for $100.
Valve says the Steam Link supports 1080p resolutions at 60 Hz with low latency. You’ll be able to use the Steam Link with any PC running Steam OS, but it also works with Windows, Mac, and Linux computers featuring Steam software.
This weekend HTC showed off a virtual reality headset called the Vive which was developed in partnership with Valve. Now Valve says the HTC Vive will be available by the end of 2015, while a developer version of its virtual reality headset will launch this spring.
My chromebox with ubuntu & steam does a very good job with gigabit ethernet. Both cores were running at 80% when streaming. The usb port is for a bluetooth headset. I prefer playing directly on the PC.
As a hardware hacker I would love to know what is inside the Link.
I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s just a Intel Z3735F board with steam os loaded on it.
For $50, I would be very surprised.
It depends. Intel’s linux compute stick comes at a price tag of 89 for a 1gb version. I’d imagine there wouldn’t be any need for 2gb. If steam can get OEM access, 50 price tag might not be all that difficult.
Another possibility is they are working on an android client. Which would be better imo.
Valve really should’ve started with the Steam Link then expanded to steam box when the Vulkan library is used by major Game Devs.
They had to build steamOS before they could do this.
November! That’s like forever. 🙁
Forever will be here far sooner than November!
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