If there was any doubt that Valve is now a hardware company, that has now passed with the revelation of the Steam Link. This tiny box will stream content from any computer (Windows, Mac, and Linux) as long as both are on the same WiFi network.
Steam Link is equipped with three USB ports and a HDMI out port, and will automatically detect other computers connected to the same network. It’s supposed to be easy to set up, and will presumably take advantage of the Steam Big Picture mode. The remote play feature is nothing new with gamers, although few actually use the option due to the lackluster gaming experience. Whether the Steam Link is capable of improving on this is questionable.
Valve claims that the Steam Link will be able to support Full HD resolution at 60Hz, with low latency. Which should indicate that there will be minimal lag in playing games while streaming. That being said, if this is meant to sit next to a TV, how does it fit in with the Steam Machines?
The Steam Link will retail for US$49.99 (about RM180) when it launches in November. It will also be available with a Steam Controller for an additional US$49.99. International pricing will be announced closer to the official launch of the Steam Link.