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Frank Jaeger Jun 6, 2015 @ 11:59am
Only for games? Or video files too?
Hi.

I definitely need something decent to watch all the video files (mostly 1080p mkv's with high bitrate) i have on my tv. The tv encoder sucks and it often doesn't work with external hdd plugged in the usb port. The ps3 has too much latency (because of encoding issues too i guess).



SO Steam Link looks like the perfect streaming device for me, and it's cheap.


BUT does it only stream games? Or files from the computer too?
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Plush Jun 6, 2015 @ 12:06pm 
From what I've heard, the Steam Link shows you Steam in Big Picture Mode, so you can still scroll through games and stuff so you don't have to go into another room to Stream a game into the room you want to Stream to.
Frank Jaeger Jun 6, 2015 @ 12:09pm 
I'm not sure if i really understand what you said.
Big picture mode is cool, i wish it could play movies (that's the only thing i want) but it only plays music files.
Plush Jun 6, 2015 @ 12:16pm 
Originally posted by Frank Jaeger:
I'm not sure if i really understand what you said.
Big picture mode is cool, i wish it could play movies (that's the only thing i want) but it only plays music files.
What I meant was that, from what I heard, you can stream Big Picture Mode to the Steam Link. This is how you would access your movies, music, movies and other things.
Frank Jaeger Jun 6, 2015 @ 12:37pm 
Yeah, thanks. But as i said before, big picture mode only launch games or play music. At least here on my pc, don't know if it will play videos on the Steam link
Plush Jun 6, 2015 @ 12:57pm 
Originally posted by Frank Jaeger:
Yeah, thanks. But as i said before, big picture mode only launch games or play music. At least here on my pc, don't know if it will play videos on the Steam link
Movies should appear in your "Recent" tab of Steam in the games section. I own the AVGN Movie and couldn't find it in my normal games list, even with "all games" selected, but it can be found in the recents tab.
Frank Jaeger Jun 6, 2015 @ 12:58pm 
Thanks, i'll try to check the "recent" tab.
A quote from a PC World article[www.pcworld.com] from early March:
"One last interesting thing I learned: Despite early reports that this was a ''Steam streaming machine,'' I confirmed with Valve that you can in fact stream anything from your PC, including just your pure desktop environment (or a browser running Netflix, Spotify, whatever)."

Here's to hoping they haven't changed their minds.
Originally posted by Boscoと名乗る猫:
A quote from a PC World article[www.pcworld.com] from early March:
"One last interesting thing I learned: Despite early reports that this was a ''Steam streaming machine,'' I confirmed with Valve that you can in fact stream anything from your PC, including just your pure desktop environment (or a browser running Netflix, Spotify, whatever)."

Here's to hoping they haven't changed their minds.
They can't. How the technology functions they literally cannot unless they force steam to lock you out of your own computer while playing. That will never happen as people will probably literally go insane from rage.

It works just like in-home streaming, so if you have 2 computers test it out.
Last edited by [Shake&Bake Corps]Thndr; Jun 6, 2015 @ 2:26pm
Plush Jun 6, 2015 @ 2:40pm 
Originally posted by Shake&Bake CorpsThndr:
Originally posted by Boscoと名乗る猫:
A quote from a PC World article[www.pcworld.com] from early March:
"One last interesting thing I learned: Despite early reports that this was a ''Steam streaming machine,'' I confirmed with Valve that you can in fact stream anything from your PC, including just your pure desktop environment (or a browser running Netflix, Spotify, whatever)."

Here's to hoping they haven't changed their minds.
They can't. How the technology functions they literally cannot unless they force steam to lock you out of your own computer while playing. That will never happen as people will probably literally go insane from rage.

It works just like in-home streaming, so if you have 2 computers test it out.
Why would Steam need to lock you out of your computer, if it's just doing the simple task of Streaming what the screen sees onto another device, and making you able to interact with it?
Frank Jaeger Jun 6, 2015 @ 11:27pm 
Thanks again guys.

Indeed, that would be cool if the Steam Link could stream whatever is appearing to the screen, that's not really complicated after all. And honestly, i don't see the purpose of a device streaming steam games only. I want this to avoid buying another pc for my living room.
NoVem Jun 7, 2015 @ 4:08am 
If you wanna watch video files on you TV a Chromecast is a good solution. You can then use "Videostream for Google Chromecast" a chrome extension. It will steam you video fils to you TV (chromecast) and you can add Subtitles if you want.
Frank Jaeger Jun 7, 2015 @ 6:20am 
Yeah i was going to buy a chromecast but i wasnt sure about how it works. Does it use its own codecs and encoders to play a file? Or does it simply just send the file to the tv? I want to avoid the tv encoder.
Plush Jun 7, 2015 @ 6:32am 
Originally posted by Frank Jaeger:
Yeah i was going to buy a chromecast but i wasnt sure about how it works. Does it use its own codecs and encoders to play a file? Or does it simply just send the file to the tv? I want to avoid the tv encoder.
I think Chrome Cast works with mobile devices and tablets only, and even then I think it only works with Android (I hope not because I was interested in it and I'm strictly iOS).
Frank Jaeger Jun 7, 2015 @ 6:40am 
I searched a bit about it. It looks like we can use it without any tablet/smartphone, and we can use chrome in a pc/mac, through a special plug-in, but i'm not sure at all.

I just tried plex, i does not work very well too. If that steam link ain't working too, i think i'll have to buy a living-room pc.
Originally posted by TGC-K61- Luke 'Caomhnóir' S-C:
Originally posted by Shake&Bake CorpsThndr:
They can't. How the technology functions they literally cannot unless they force steam to lock you out of your own computer while playing. That will never happen as people will probably literally go insane from rage.

It works just like in-home streaming, so if you have 2 computers test it out.
Why would Steam need to lock you out of your computer, if it's just doing the simple task of Streaming what the screen sees onto another device, and making you able to interact with it?
Because how in-home streaming works.

In-home streaming literally remotes you into your PC. You can Alt-Tab and do PC stuff on the machine you are streaming to. I tested this with Bioshock Infinite a couple months back
If you have two PCs, install steam on both and then install a non-steam game shortcut on one, it should show you are able to stream that program as well. I have tested this with notepad the same day I tested Bioshock. (was testing my network and how it worked)

So unless they force it so you cannot alt-tab out of the game, and make it so you can't run non-steam games - which would be locking you out of your computer while you're streaming - , you will be able to do what you currently can do with In-home streaming.


So to simplify it: Make a VLC shortcut in steam, stream that on another PC//SteamOS
Or watch the videos offered on steam.
Last edited by [Shake&Bake Corps]Thndr; Jun 7, 2015 @ 10:24am
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Date Posted: Jun 6, 2015 @ 11:59am
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