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