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Steam Link app for Samsung Smart TVs is now available in 55 countries

Steam Link hardware no longer required if you have a 2016 or 2017 4k Samsung Smart TV. (Source: Valve)
Steam Link hardware no longer required if you have a 2016 or 2017 4k Samsung Smart TV. (Source: Valve)
Samsung has released the stable version of the Steam Link app for their smart TVs. This app allows users to stream games from a gaming PC elsewhere in the house without needing to purchase additional hardware.

After a beta test that lasted just over a month, Samsung has released the stable version of Valve's Steam Link software for Samsung Smart TVs. It is available in 55 countries but only for 4k TVs from the 2016 and 2017 product lines, presumably due to more powerful processors or higher throughput WiFi (although wired connections are recommended).

Valve's Steam Link device provides an affordable way to stream games to your living room from a gaming PC elsewhere in the house, but needing to buy a Steam Link hub creates a barrier to entry no matter how cheaply it is sold. Having an app that runs directly on the TV eliminates the need for more equipment and streamlines the process.

The Steam Link application supports the Steam Controller, as well a limited number of others such as the XBOX 360 (wired and wireless) and XBOX ONE wired controllers. For best performance, Samsung recommends using one of their gaming optimized panels, such as their 2017 Quantum Dot range.

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Streaming games from PC to a Samsung smart TV. (Source: Samsung)
Streaming games from PC to a Samsung smart TV. (Source: Samsung)

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Craig Ward, 2017-08-13 (Update: 2017-08-13)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.