Steam Link - £15.99 / Steam Controller - £27.99 - Game (Online & Instore)
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Steam Link - £15.99 / Steam Controller - £27.99 - Game (Online & Instore)

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Found 11th May
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[Steam Controller]

Stream your games to your TV with Steam Link

Simplicity
Setup is easy. Just connect your Steam Link to your TV and home network, where it will automatically discover any computer running Steam. All that’s left to do is grab your favorite controller, kick back, and enjoy your collection of games from the comfort of your couch.

Performance
Steam Link is designed to take advantage of the horsepower you already have in your home, streaming from your current gaming computer by mirroring its experience to your TV. Video and audio data is sent from your computer to the Steam Link, while your controller input is sent back in real time. Virtually every game that your computer runs can be played on your TV using Steam Link.

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Joe90_guy

Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller … Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller or can I simply use my XBox controller plugged into my laptop? The reason I ask is because my lad bought me GTA V for Christmas. However I found it impossible to play on my laptop with a keyboard & mouse (especially the driving bits). So he bought me an XBox controller and that works fine but I don't like using it because it feels like there's not enough distance between the controller and the screen. I'm thinking using a controller with the laptop hooked up to my 42" TV might might feel more natural. This Steam Link thingee sounds like it's something that will sort me out.



Here you are bud.

List of compatible controllers with Steam Link
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Was holding off buying on ebay for this deal to come back, thanks for spotting op heat added.

Silly question...

Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller or can I simply use my XBox controller plugged into my laptop?

The reason I ask is because my lad bought me GTA V for Christmas. However I found it impossible to play on my laptop with a keyboard & mouse (especially the driving bits). So he bought me an XBox controller and that works fine but I don't like using it because it feels like there's not enough distance between the controller and the screen. I'm thinking using a controller with the laptop hooked up to my 42" TV might might feel more natural. This Steam Link thingee sounds like it's​ something that will sort me out.

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Joe90_guy

Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller … Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller or can I simply use my XBox controller plugged into my laptop? The reason I ask is because my lad bought me GTA V for Christmas. However I found it impossible to play on my laptop with a keyboard & mouse (especially the driving bits). So he bought me an XBox controller and that works fine but I don't like using it because it feels like there's not enough distance between the controller and the screen. I'm thinking using a controller with the laptop hooked up to my 42" TV might might feel more natural. This Steam Link thingee sounds like it's something that will sort me out.



Here you are bud.

List of compatible controllers with Steam Link

BuzzDuraband

Here you are bud.List of compatible controllers with Steam Link



Thank you kind sir. Looks like I'm good to go.

Oh...one last (again silly) question. Would I be right in thinking that Steam Link DOESN'T work for games that run via UPlay & Origin??? If not, is there a similar box that does all three??

Joe90_guy

Oh...one last (again silly) question. Would I be right in thinking that … Oh...one last (again silly) question. Would I be right in thinking that Steam Link DOESN'T work for games that run via UPlay & Origin??? If not, is there a similar box that does all three??



You can add non Steam games to Steam, so yes, some other games will work, but there is no guarantee.

I added the Origin launcher to Steam, and got Titanfall 2 working over the Steam Link with no issues, but that's the only non Steam game I have tried so far.

These boxes are awesome...I was sceptical as to whether there would be lag/glitches, but I have had very minimal issues...it really is like playing a console. However, a wired connection is recommended over wireless. I am using a Homeplug which works great.

Anybody know if this works with the official XBOX 360 controllers but a 3rd party receiver?
(The receiver requires manual driver installation on windows so I'm unsure, could never get them working on a Fire TV)

Thanks,

Scenario: Xbox One in the lounge – streaming to Asrock N3700-ITX in the study (running windows 10 and on 24/7, silent) via Xbox App, install Steam, add Xbox App to Steam Library via UWPHook – then stream from Xbox One to Steam Link in the bedroom via the computer in the study. All hard wired, no wireless. I cannot confirm if this will work but I have all the pieces to try. Or should I not waste my time?

chris_avfc

Anybody know if this works with the official XBOX 360 controllers but a … Anybody know if this works with the official XBOX 360 controllers but a 3rd party receiver?(The receiver requires manual driver installation on windows so I'm unsure, could never get them working on a Fire TV)Thanks,



I have a knock off ebay one, worked fine.

Will using the link count towards my upload allocation set by my broadband?

I think Virgin capped this to 2.5 GB daily

ovisan

Will using the link count towards my upload allocation set by my … Will using the link count towards my upload allocation set by my broadband?


No. It's uses your local network.

Joe90_guy

Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller … Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller or can I simply use my XBox controller plugged into my laptop? The reason I ask is because my lad bought me GTA V for Christmas. However I found it impossible to play on my laptop with a keyboard & mouse (especially the driving bits). So he bought me an XBox controller and that works fine but I don't like using it because it feels like there's not enough distance between the controller and the screen. I'm thinking using a controller with the laptop hooked up to my 42" TV might might feel more natural. This Steam Link thingee sounds like it's something that will sort me out.



Why don't you just plug the laptop into the telly (via HDMI), and the controller into the laptop?

Joe90_guy

Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller … Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller or can I simply use my XBox controller plugged into my laptop? The reason I ask is because my lad bought me GTA V for Christmas. However I found it impossible to play on my laptop with a keyboard & mouse (especially the driving bits). So he bought me an XBox controller and that works fine but I don't like using it because it feels like there's not enough distance between the controller and the screen. I'm thinking using a controller with the laptop hooked up to my 42" TV might might feel more natural. This Steam Link thingee sounds like it's something that will sort me out.


I used an xbox controller on it, it's just harder when it comes to mouse games and trying to type.

Got one last time, great bit of kit.
Is it worth me now investing in the controller or should I stick with my 360 wired controllers?
Over to the experts :-)

Fwiw - i have a Logitech K400 wireless keyboard that works on it fine - i need to get a wireless mouse to accompany it really so I can play some FPSs 'properly' So much better to use keyboard and mouse for those I have found.

Has anyone found a good lap tray/lap desk that will fit a small keyboard/laptop and mouse beside it?

BuzzDuraband

Here you are bud.List of compatible controllers with Steam Link



Fwiw - the XBoxOne Elite controller also works in case anyone wondered, although it has to be wired.

i love my steamlink woooo hooooo. it is packaged really well. packgaging alone is worth 15 pounds. i love steam link so much i have bought 2nd one as a spare.

Joe90_guy

Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller … Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller or can I simply use my XBox controller plugged into my laptop? The reason I ask is because my lad bought me GTA V for Christmas. However I found it impossible to play on my laptop with a keyboard & mouse (especially the driving bits). So he bought me an XBox controller and that works fine but I don't like using it because it feels like there's not enough distance between the controller and the screen. I'm thinking using a controller with the laptop hooked up to my 42" TV might might feel more natural. This Steam Link thingee sounds like it's something that will sort me out.



Why don't you plug your laptop directly into the TV?

I alreday got an xbox one controller is it worth getting the steam controller?

Absolutely love my steam link. highly recommended, I run mine off a wired network.

jetskichimp

Got one last time, great bit of kit.Is it worth me now investing in the … Got one last time, great bit of kit.Is it worth me now investing in the controller or should I stick with my 360 wired controllers?Over to the experts :-)



I have got the steam controller but I still haven't totally warmed to it. It feels so strange when you first use it and took me ages to get my fingers used to the touch pads rather than sticks.

I bought this the last time it was on offer but last week i traded it in because it was too much hassle even with a decent wifi signal instead i bought a 12.5m hdmi which although it means there is a long cable across the house i dont have to worry about lag and also there was no sound on black ops 3 which annoyed me

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Another option is this;

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/linx-vision-8-inch-gaming-tablet-intel-atom-quad-core-32gb-emmc-windows-10-refurbished-2660776

It gives you portable access to your steam games plus works with ps4 and xbox one remote play (ps4 remote play requires a ds4 though) and also has a hdmi output if you want to set it up with a bedroom tv etc. It's also powerful enough to run many games natively up to about skyrim/fallout 3. It can run later games but you need to mod them to reduce their requirements, low texture mods etc. Emulation wise it will just about run up to Gamecube at full speed and all weaker consoles below it. The built in joypad cradle is directly compatible with xbox and as a generic pc controller (there is a sliding switch on the cradle) so runs pc and xbox games no problem.

One thing that is better about the steam link is the ethernet port I guess. You would need a usb to ethernet adapter for the linx vision.

Other options for steam remote play are all windows tablets, low performance windows boxes and older windows hardware. Many of us may have something suitable for remote play which also benefits from xbox one and ps4 remote play over the steam link.

If anyone is wondering about using this on the wireless, I have my pc wired to my sky q hub, and the steam link connected to 5ghz wireless with about 3 walls in the way. No lag or major difference to ping times between the two, can actually be used to play rocket league with which I was surprised.

If you have a decent 5ghz network and can hook up at least one device by Ethernet to your router it is impressive!

I couldn't see the answer to this one anywhere... can I play 2 player games through this with either wired or wireless Xbox one controllers? Thanks in advance

Steamlink is amazing, use it all the time to play racers and 3rd person games on the lounge telly, would highly recommend (if you use Ethernet or Powerline, not so good over WiFi).

I cannot recommend the controller however, it is utterly terrible. Stick to wireless 360 controller, plug the receiver into the steamlink USB port, works beautifully.

dklunan

I couldn't see the answer to this one anywhere... can I play 2 player … I couldn't see the answer to this one anywhere... can I play 2 player games through this with either wired or wireless Xbox one controllers? Thanks in advance


Yes you can, wired is fine.
Wireless requires the PC receiver for Xbox controllers, you plug that into the steamlink.
Both wired and wireless work really well.

bulletfoss

Yes you can, wired is fine.Wireless requires the PC receiver for Xbox … Yes you can, wired is fine.Wireless requires the PC receiver for Xbox controllers, you plug that into the steamlink.Both wired and wireless work really well.


Thanks!

silverhawk

I alreday got an xbox one controller is it worth getting the steam … I alreday got an xbox one controller is it worth getting the steam controller?


No, Xbox controller is infinitely better. So much fuss with the steam controller

ovisan

I think Virgin capped this to 2.5 GB daily


I suggest you switch providers, that is a terrible restriction. Most suppliers are now unlimited as standard.

However, Steamlink will not use any more upload data than Steam, but it will require more download data, as it has to receive updates.

borisito

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Still in stock,just ordered.

silverhawk

I alreday got an xbox one controller is it worth getting the steam … I alreday got an xbox one controller is it worth getting the steam controller?


That is not a simple question to answer unfortunately. A lot depends on the games you are going to play.

Its biggest advantage is you can program nearly everything on it and it has a gyroscope control and two pads that work a lot like laptop mouse pads.

So if you play a lot of mouse driven games then programming one of the pads to emulate a mouse is great. And something that is not really possible on a normal xbox controller. Similar for using the gyro to emulate a steering wheel etc.

Also you can program controls like the paddles to switch over the controls on the rest of the pad to a different program. So you can emulate a huge variety of buttons and controls. Which is virtually essential for something Elite Dangerous.

But this is also its downside. there are lots of pre-built profiles on steam and you have to find the one that suits you. Also creating your own programme (or customising a pre-built one) could take quite a bit of trial and error.

But, in my opinion, many games that are not designed for a control pad are only playable by either using the steam controller or by adding a keyboard and mouse, which can be a pain on the sofa.
Edited by: "kiddela" 11th May

dammit, now I'm going to have to work out how I can add a switch to my router and still keep my existing stuff working... 2x security camera, 1x network video recorder, and a feed to a switch in the attic that has kit with designated IPs... thanks op, appreciate the heads up :-)

Joe90_guy

Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller … Silly question... Do I need to specifically use the Steam Link controller or can I simply use my XBox controller plugged into my laptop? The reason I ask is because my lad bought me GTA V for Christmas. However I found it impossible to play on my laptop with a keyboard & mouse (especially the driving bits). So he bought me an XBox controller and that works fine but I don't like using it because it feels like there's not enough distance between the controller and the screen. I'm thinking using a controller with the laptop hooked up to my 42" TV might might feel more natural. This Steam Link thingee sounds like it's something that will sort me out.



If your laptop has an HDMI port. You can plug that into the TV and just use it like a normal PC. This thing eliminates the need to plug the laptop into the TV. But it 100% rely on your internet connection. I had one I have decent internet for simple platforming indie games it was fine. For FPS games I suffered with micro stuttering which was a little unplayable for me.

phoenixbbs

dammit, now I'm going to have to work out how I can add a switch to my … dammit, now I'm going to have to work out how I can add a switch to my router and still keep my existing stuff working... 2x security camera, 1x network video recorder, and a feed to a switch in the attic that has kit with designated IPs... thanks op, appreciate the heads up :-)



Make sure your security cameras are running up-to-date software with non-default passwords. Consider firewalling it off, because their security is often flamin' awful.

bulletfoss

Yes you can, wired is fine.Wireless requires the PC receiver for Xbox … Yes you can, wired is fine.Wireless requires the PC receiver for Xbox controllers, you plug that into the steamlink.Both wired and wireless work really well.



I know this has already been answered but just to add that if you have one of the newer xbox one controllers with bluetooth it will connect to the steam link no problems! Also works with a combination of 360 controllers wired or wireless with an adapter from eBay for those of you that only have 1 xbox one controller.

ocelot20

If your laptop has an HDMI port. You can plug that into the TV and just … If your laptop has an HDMI port. You can plug that into the TV and just use it like a normal PC. This thing eliminates the need to plug the laptop into the TV. But it 100% rely on your internet connection. I had one I have decent internet for simple platforming indie games it was fine. For FPS games I suffered with micro stuttering which was a little unplayable for me.



Definitely does not even slightly rely on your internet connection. It streams the game from your normal PC, so in the specific example the laptop, to the steam link over the local network. Ideally not using wifi. Depending on your homes electrical wiring, powerlines may or may not be suitable if a physical cable isnt possible.
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