Steam Hardware devices Go Retail

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Valve today announces the official launch of its line of Steam Hardware devices in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe. A leading platform for PC, Mac, and Linux games, Steam offers more than 6,000 titles ...

    Steam Hardware devices Go Retail
     
  2. keenan

    keenan Ancient Guru

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    I've been looking at the Steam link for a while now as I am playing a lot of games via In Home Streaming with a Nuc N2820 connected to my TV. It works incredibly well, but suffers from bad frame loss when running in Big Picture mode. Wondering if using their dedicated hardware would have any improvement?

    Would you be doing any reviews on it Hilbert?
     
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    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    What I'd be curious about is the chance of maybe downscaling for inhome streaming. Kind of getting a few troubles with 1440p at the gaming rig and only 1080p with the htpc.
     
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    keenan Ancient Guru

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    What kind of problems are you getting? I stream all my games at 1080p 60fps while in game resolution is set to 2560x1440..
     

  5. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    Well I used other devices (Asus WAVI if you've heard of it), since the only game I really wanted to stream (BF4 gaming @ 1440p/144Hz/fps) was not supported by Steam's streaming in the beginning. Does it work now? Everything in my steam library looked like it worked fine, but haven't tried much.
     
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    keenan Ancient Guru

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    I know some games are still not fully supported and BF4 might be one of them. I tried streaming The Witcher 3 and even though it worked I was getting frame drops between 60fps and 14fps.
     
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    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    Yeah, also when I was streaming for hours (Europa Universalis IV @ 1080p), it slowed down and eventually was more 'crawling' than 'running' :D

    It's nice because it's free, but it also makes me wonder if I want to spend the money on the link. But maybe that's just my opinion, haven't tried to toy with it recently.
     
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    A comparison between the Link and In Home Streaming on an old laptop or pc would be very interesting.

    I must do some more investigating myself. I've only ever played X-COM and Civ over In Home Streaming, (lag and controller options limited everything else) but that was over an AC network with quite often over a dozen clients sucking bandwidth (Netflix :biggun:)
    Must see if a wired connection will make a big difference.
     
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    Makes all the difference in the world. Everything on my end is hard wired through 1gb local network connection and streaming works great from my Mac Pro to my Alpha and Kodi boxes. Only one it doesn't work too well on is my guest room since that's just wired through an outlet network adapter that only does up to 85mbp, even then it's only 80% efficiency and with an older house and it's ancient wiring I'm probably only getting 50% of it.
     
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    The Laughing Ma Ancient Guru

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    Lol looking forward to the sea of dis appointed kids waking up on Christmas morning with the expectations of getting a brand new shiny console only to find mom and pop bought them one of these because the nice guy at the game shop said it was the best.
     

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    Ven0m Ancient Guru

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    Hahaha!

    Regardless, I've read quite a lot of positive Steam Controller reviews. It seems to be a really interesting product.
     
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    vbetts Don Vincenzo Staff Member

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    Initial reviews I've seen loved the controller, but l've seen a lot of user complaints and even some websites complain that the controller feels cheap.

    On the note of Steam Machines, I don't have the Steam OS version but I love my Alpha. I could convert it to a Steam Machine always. :D
     
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    slickric21 Ancient Guru

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    Ordered a Steamlink just because its neater than having my laptop sat under the living room TV.

    Ive been really impressed with Steam inhome streaming for the few months ive been using it.
    Hope the Steamlink is as good as my Laptop as the client.

    Ive been using a Gigabit network connection between the 2 devices and Router is Netgear R7000.
    Also I must state that using an 5ghz ac connection the experience was near identical, really impressed.
    Guess wifi experience depends on your Hardware.

    Only use it for a few games, pCars, Farcry 4, MGS5 all been great.

    Only thing I would say is to get the best IQ i have set bandwidth to "unlimited" on both devices (although its not recommended as can increase latency??) It definatley cleaned up some picture noise.

    Also with GTX 980ti has host I have found the NVIFR capture seems to be a tad better latency wise than the NVFBC (which is enabled if GFE installed)
     

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