• Valve Opens Preorders for the Upcoming Mac-Compatible Steam Link Hardware Accessory

    Valve has opened up preorders for its upcoming Steam Link hardware accessory recently. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a $50 set-top box that will stream 1080p gameplay from a nearby computer (including a Mac running Yosemite or later). The hardware is compatible with a Steam Controller, Xbox One or 360 wired controller, Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows, Logitech WirelessGamePad F710, or keyboard and mouse. There is also another $99.98 bundle with the Steam Controller that is also available.

    The streaming device is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Valve’s SteamOS, and any Mac compatible with OS X 10.10 Yosemite or OS X 10.11 El Capitan, both of which run Valve’s Steam. The company strongly recommends that users take advantage of a wired network to stream from a computer to a Steam Link.

    The Mac has long been deemed a second-tier device in the PC gaming world, though the situation has improved in recent years as Apple’s hardware has gained market share. The notions increased when Steam arrived on Mac and allows for cross-platform gameplay with Windows PC users. After having pretty much dominating in the PC gaming space, Valve seems to have its eye on the living room with not only the Steam Link streaming device, but also its upcoming Steam Machines platform. Instead of relying on a dedicated PC to do some heavy lifting, Steam Machines are their own all-in-one PCs designed by manufacturers like Alienware, Asus, Zotach and others, all of which run Valve’s Linux-based Steam OS.

    With the upcoming device, both the Steam OS and the Mac OS X will be able to connect to Steam Link and provide users with a couch- and controller-friendly user interface which is known as “Big Picture.” The Steam Link outputs 1080p at 60 frames per second and features a 100Mbit Ethernet as well as wireless 802.11ac networking. It also features three USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and an HDMI out as far as hardware features go.

    We will have to wait and see how Apple reacts as rumors point towards Apple entering the home console business, though it is more likely that they will cater to casual gamers more, with an upcoming Apple TV refresh.

    Will any of you be picking up Steam Link in the future? Share your thoughts below!

    Source: Steam (Store) via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Valve Opens Preorders for the Upcoming Mac-Compatible Steam Link Hardware Accessory started by Akshay Masand View original post
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