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JC Denton May 27, 2017 @ 12:05pm
Is it worth getting for 60 bucks?
Is the steam link anything different from using an hdmi cable in order to play steam games on TV, is it worth spending 60 dollars on that thing?
Last edited by JC Denton; May 27, 2017 @ 6:19pm
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Greywolf May 27, 2017 @ 1:03pm 
In a word? No. IMO
Bota May 27, 2017 @ 1:30pm 
Yes, is different. With the steam link you will get stuttering, compression artifacts, a bit of input lag, and one or other problem that may appear.

It's good only if you cannot connect an hdmi cable directly to the tv. Like the pc is on the basement and the tv is on the second floor.

Image quality is acceptable but it's not good. Hdmi 2.0 has a bandwidth of something like up to 18Gbps. The link has a maximum bandwidth of 100Mbps. It's not even comparable.
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Bota May 27, 2017 @ 1:34pm 
Oh. And link has a maximum resolution of 1080p.
Greywolf May 27, 2017 @ 3:57pm 
NO
Justwondering May 27, 2017 @ 5:08pm 
I picked one up in the recent sale for £15 brand new delivered, I think it's a great device, works amazingly well.

I use powerline adapters to go from my PC direct to my steam link.

I have soft modded the box for a high bit rate of 50k, looks excellent.

I play plenty of fast paced games.

My main gaming is a pretty good system with a i5 and a 1080ti, I set my games to run at 1080p with new vsync, full screen.

It works great, a very worthy purchase.
JC Denton May 27, 2017 @ 5:27pm 
Originally posted by Justwondering:
I picked one up in the recent sale for £15 brand new delivered, I think it's a great device, works amazingly well.

I use powerline adapters to go from my PC direct to my steam link.

I have soft modded the box for a high bit rate of 50k, looks excellent.

I play plenty of fast paced games.

My main gaming is a pretty good system with a i5 and a 1080ti, I set my games to run at 1080p with new vsync, full screen.

It works great, a very worthy purchase.

Ok, it works great, but is it any more useful than the hdmi cable?
Bota May 27, 2017 @ 5:37pm 
No. It's main purpose is only to stream the game from your pc to your tv. Nothing more. You can install kodi and one or other emulator but it's difficult. Again, if you can connect the pc to your tv via hdmi, you're much better served.

If you can't, or if it's more practical to use wifi or ethernet cables, then is worth checking the link, altough i haven't had an very pleasing experience, due to poor image quality(compared to hdmi or shield tv) and image stuttering.

In my opinion, it's better to wait for a sale. I've seen this device on sale every 2 or 3 months. About 20 euros. In Europe. But the problem here is the high price of the delivery. About 16 euros to my country.

But really, it's your call.
Cim May 27, 2017 @ 5:52pm 
It does extend your controls either through Bluetooth/Steam Controller/USB. That's one thing that a HDMI cable wouldn't do.

Another thing that potentially a positive for the Steam Link over an HDMI cable is that it can easily turn on/change channels on your TV (assuming it has some form of CEC support). So all you have to do is press a button on the controller and it does the rest.

That said though, if you *can* run an HDMI cable, you should. Steam Link is great but it's basically for people who's TV is so far away from the computer that a cable simply isn't a viable solution.
JimmyJames26 May 27, 2017 @ 7:43pm 
Well worth $20-30 USD
retro_Ed May 27, 2017 @ 8:41pm 
My gaming-, htpc is, of course, in living room and Link is on my desktop with kb&m&monitor so for me Link is more useful than just hdmi cable. Using 1:1 desktop mode.

25€ from Steam sale. Not bad.
Last edited by retro_Ed; May 28, 2017 @ 5:43am
Greywolf May 28, 2017 @ 2:39pm 
Yeah, for $20 to $30it could be worth it. Also, experiances with Steam-Link vary greatly. Luck of the draw.
Mikarri May 29, 2017 @ 6:22pm 
Originally posted by Bota:
Yes, is different. With the steam link you will get stuttering, compression artifacts, a bit of input lag, and one or other problem that may appear.

It's good only if you cannot connect an hdmi cable directly to the tv. Like the pc is on the basement and the tv is on the second floor.

Image quality is acceptable but it's not good. Hdmi 2.0 has a bandwidth of something like up to 18Gbps. The link has a maximum bandwidth of 100Mbps. It's not even comparable.
What are you talking about? I get flawless gameplay via Steam Link. It never stutters, or freezes or anything like that and the picture quality is indistinguishable from the PC.
Maybe your PC or TV is giving you problems? Or your internet connection is spotty or weak. I only have a 20mbps connection and I use the 5ghz band for streaming.
Last edited by Mikarri; May 29, 2017 @ 6:23pm
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