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Steam Link Now Available Through Raspberry Pi, Easy and Cheap

As we all know, Valve has officially killed the Steam Link which was one of best streaming hardware out there. Luckily, now we have an alternate way to get the same experience using the Raspberry Pi.

The latest version of Steam Link app is now available in Beta through Raspberry Pi 3 and 3 B+ running Raspbian Stretch. According to those who have tried, it’s the best replacement for Steam Link hardware since its cancellation earlier this year.

Valve has discontinued steam Link hardware but they are going to support for the Steam Link app which is now available on mobile devices. This new Beta of Steam Link app will allow you to have the same hardware like experience on this all in one streaming device.

This alternate version was announced by Valve’s Sam Lantinga on Monday. To install this Beta you will have to make sure that you are running the Stretch version of Pi’s Raspbian OS.

The installation is rather easy and only requires you to use a command line. Afterward, you will be able to launch Steam Link from the game menu or by using the ‘streamlink’ command line.

Upon the first install, you will be required to download the full app. After that, you will get a desktop shortcut for it and all of the further updates will be done automatically as required.

The official instructions for installing it are as follows.

The Steam Link app is now available in beta on the Raspberry Pi 3 and 3 B+ running Raspbian Stretch

To install, run the following from a command line:
curl -#Of http://media.steampowered.com/steamlink/rpi/steamlink_1.0.3_armhf.deb
sudo dpkg -i steamlink_1.0.3_armhf.deb

To run, you can launch it from the Games menu, or run the following from a command line:
steamlink

It’s a great way for anyone who wants to play their Steam games around the house with an all in one streaming device.

The official retirement of Steam Link came some time ago when Valve announced that they sold almost the entire stock of Steam Link hardware. There was no more stock left in Europe and the United States. If you still want one of them, you can possibly find a used one on eBay.

Valve then introduced the Steam Link app for mobile devices which has the same principles but it works on mobile instead of a streaming box.

In the future, Valve will continue to support existing Steam Link hardware as well as the distribution of Steam Link software releases, available for many smartphones, tablets and TVs

Though their streaming app had a hard time coming on mobile devices especially on iPhone and iPad.

This happened when Apple rejected the Link app due to business conflicts. Though now they’re in better terms and are working together. There’s no app yet on iOS devices but we are expecting it to release sometime in 2019.

You can download it on Android devices for now only. This streaming Link App by Valve will allow you to stream Steam games to your mobile device with up to 4K 60 FPS depending on the display.