At Just $35, Now Is A Great Time To Try Out Valve's ARM-Linux-Powered Steam Link
Written by Michael Larabel in Valve on 2 June 2016 at 01:41 PM EDT. 10 Comments
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Steam Link is Valve's game streaming solution where when paired with a controller makes for easy gaming from a living room TV. The Steam Link is Linux-based and it does support game streaming from Steam running on SteamOS or any Linux distribution.

Steam Link launched last year and it's been selling for $50 USD up through now, but this week only they are marking down its price to $35 USD. This discount can be found via the Steam Store, Gamespot, as well as Amazon.


$35 for the Steam Link is quite a deal. The supported input isn't limited to the Steam Controller but can work with the Xbox and PS3/PS4 controllers along with other third-party Xbox controllers that work under Linux. Even if you aren't into streaming many games, the Steam Link is a Linux/glibc-powered device with a single-core ARMv7 CPU and 256MB of RAM. Earlier this year Valve released the Steam Link SDK to open up the device. Thus for $35 this could also serve as a fun little hacker device for those wanting to experiment with the SDK or try porting other applications to this low-power device. We've even seen work done for bringing the Kodi HTPC software to the Link.

So for $35 USD it's not a bad deal regardless of whether you want it for living room streaming or as a fun little ARM box. Again, you can find it right now via Amazon or Steam. The Steam Controller has also been discounted this week to the same price of $35.
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