The best way to describe Steam is probably cheap, quality, and convenience in gaming. With that in mind, the company has created a way for us to better enjoy our gaming experience. If you're still unsure if you want to get the Steam Link & Steam Controller, we'll give you a detailed breakdown on the pros and cons of the two Steam hardware.
The hardware was released on the 10th of November 2015. Steam Link allows players to stream Steam games through the hardware and play it on TV. All you need to do is hook it to your ethernet cable for internet, plug in the HDMI for the TV and plug in to your PC, and you're set. Steam Link will immediately recognize any PC with Steam running.
Here's a trailer for the Steam Link:
With 1080p resolution and 60 FPS, your gameplay is definitely smooth sailing. This piece of hardware is definitely for people who want to play Steam games but in a more high-definition gaming on their couches.
For controllers, Steam Controller is a good pair for it but it also goes well with Xbox One or 360 Wired Controller, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710, or just plain keyboard and mouse.
Gaming consoles are very expensive and with Playstation 4 and Xbox One costing around $400-$600, us poor people turn to the good ol' reliable Steam. For $60-$70, you can have your very own Steam Link and play Steam games with.
Cheap games and cheap gaming system, what more could you want?
Not a Gaming Console
A misconception for the Steam Link is that people think it's a replacement for gaming consoles because it's not. It's just like playing your Steam games on your PC but instead of the PC, you play it on your TV. That's essentially what it is.
You can only run games your PC can run which means, if your PC isn't good then you're not going to be able to get much out of this hardware. You're just streaming the game to your TV and that's the main idea for this hardware.
Not for Slow WiFi
Steam Link relies on a strong internet connection so your gameplay remains functional. It may be able to play games without connecting to the ethernet cord but the main disadvantage for just relying on Wifi is that your signal may not be strong enough. The game disconnects at times so you're better off using the ethernet cord to connect.