Steam will soon be available on a very unlikely platform; smart TVs. A pair of tweets from Steam developers have suggested that there is a partnership between Valve and Samsung to get Steam Link integration in the next generation of TVs.
This would essentially allow future Samsung SmartTVs to stream games from nearby PCs; allowing people to play their games on a much larger screen.
“Steam Link will be integrated into the new Samsung TVs” #SteamDevDays
— Steam Spy (@Steam_Spy) October 12, 2016
SAMSUNG TVS WILL HAVE BUILT IN STEAM LINK SOON WHAT I HAVE ALL SAMSUNG SMART TVS I AM SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS.#SteamDevDays
— Oshry @ SteamDevDays (@DaveOshry) October 12, 2016
It is difficult to tell how many Steam Links have been sold by Valve, as it does not disclose its numbers. However, this partnership is not entire surprising due to the company’s determination to expand the PC gaming audience.
Still, there is the issue of not having a controller. The Steam Link machine is compatible with the Steam Controller, but it is unknown if the new partnership includes this compatibility. Still, it wouldn’t be too difficult to imagine Samsung adding controller support to future TVs as well.
What would be even more interesting is if Steam Link also picked up the newly announced support for Sony’s DualShock 4 controller.