Steam Link now available as an app for Samsung Smart TVs (in beta)
The Steam Link has been a rousing success with PC gamers wanting to play their Steam library from the couch, and while recent sales on the device have made the prospect of playing PC game on a big screen TV more affordable than ever, owners of a 2016 or 2017 Samsung UHD Smart TV can now use the Steam Link for free. Well, sort of.
Released today, a beta version of the Steam Link App is the result of a year-long promise by Valve and Samsung to bring the functionality of a Steam Link natively to Samsung TVs. As stated, the app is available as a free beta from the Samsung Smart Hub app store. There are a few sticking points, though.
During the beta, gameplay will be limited to 1920x1080 resolutions at 60 frames per second and the app will only support the Steam Controller. On the plus, VR games will be playable via the HTC Vive. The app is also only available in the US during its beta phase. Once the full version is released globally, however, it will support full 4K and additional controllers. It should be noted that while the app will work over a fast 5 GHz wireless network via the TVs internal wireless card, Valve strongly recommends a hardline Ethernet connection.
To learn more about the Steam Link App for Samsung TVs, check out this thread on Valve’s Steam forum.