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Valve to discontinue Steam Link once current supply sells out

Image via Steam (w/ edits)
Image via Steam (w/ edits)
Valve quietly announced that once physical stock of the Steam Link streaming device sells out, they will no longer sell physical units. Instead, Valve will shift focus and support to the Steam Link mobile app, currently only available for Android. While the reasons for the discontinuation aren't entirely clear, it's likely that the Steam Link is no longer selling enough to warrant continued support.

The Steam Link launched in November 2015 to moderate praise. The main feature of the Steam Link is its ability to stream gameplay from your computer to a TV, allowing gamers to play on their living room couch while still tapping into the power of their gaming PC and their Steam library.

While Valve’s other November 2015 release, Steam Machines, never gained much traction and quickly fell into obscurity, the Steam Link has enjoyed success as a niche streaming device for the past three years. Sadly, its days are numbered; Valve has announced they will no longer sell physical Steam Link devices after the current stock runs out.

A quiet update to the Steam Link product page says that the Steam Link isn’t long for this world:

The supply of physical Steam Link hardware devices is almost sold out. Moving forward, Valve intends to continue supporting the existing Steam Link hardware as well as distribution of the software versions of Steam Link, available for many leading smart phones [sic], tablets and televisions.

In other words, Valve will not renew stock of the Steam Link. Instead, the company will shift focus to the Steam Link app for smartphones and other Android machines (e.g., Android TV devices).

It’s possible that the Steam Link isn’t selling enough to warrant continued support. Since Valve already has software that allows game streaming through other devices, there’s likely little reason for the company to continue the upkeep demanded by a physical device. Valve can let other OEMs do the hardware heavy lifting and continue to update their Steam Link software, which is more cost effective at scale.

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Sam Medley, 2018-11-20 (Update: 2018-11-20)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.