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Samsung will integrate Valve's Steam Link into some of its future televisions

By midian182
Oct 14, 2016
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  1. While it still isn’t perfect, Valve’s tiny Steam Link is regarded as one of the best products for streaming PC games over a wired or wireless network, able to pipe your favorite titles to a big screen living room television. Now, it’s been revealed the process is about to become even easier, as Samsung will soon be integrating the hardware into some of its TVs.

    Steam Spy revealed that Valve and Samsung announced the move during a Steam Dev Days presentation earlier this week.

    The Steam Link box is about the size of a deck of cards, and your only outlay is $50 plus the price of an HDMI cable (and a strong home network), so forking out for a pricey new television for the same experience may seem unnecessary. But it’s one of those features that could appeal to any PC gamers in the market for a new TV who would like to try the Steam Link.

    It’s not clear if all the functions of the Steam Link box will be integrated into Samsung’s future TVs, such as the ability to connect non-Steam Controllers via USB. If not, then you’ll likely have to buy one of Valve’s official controllers as well.

    The only problem people seem to have with the Steam Link is that the performance isn’t always of the highest quality. Depending on the setup, it can struggle to reach high frame rates, especially when using only Wi-Fi. But this will probably be improved by the time it arrives on Samsung’s TVs.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,556   +862

    This is a brilliant addition, assuming they dont do what they usually do and jack up the price hundreds of dollars....which they will.
     
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  3. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Guru Posts: 198   +272

    Will these future Samsung TV's inject unwanted ads onto the VR screens like the last "smart" models did with the menu bar?...
     
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  4. Mithan

    Mithan TS Rookie Posts: 21   +12

    Nice addition. I like steam link. It could be a bit better as a raspberry Pi runs nvidia shield streaming better, but this is easier to setup.
     
  5. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 216   +127

    Just sell me a panel, don't need all this smart stuff as I have at least 6 devices that can run stuff better trough hdmi. I get that most people want everything even when they don't need it but make a small batch of stripped down TV's that have the panel, ports and power. Would be nice as haven't used smart features beyond testing and they only make the TV slower. Seen such devices being sold in china but shipping would cost more than the TV it self. Also no speakers as I have my own.
     
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  6. unrealmp3

    unrealmp3 TS Enthusiast Posts: 51

    I wish they would make a ChromeOS app for Steam Link. Using a Chromebook or Chromebox to play remotely would be nice.

    I'd even pay for it.
     

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