Remember Steam Link? No? yeah, it was pretty easy to miss this, but apparently the physical device is being discontinued.
‘The supply of physical Steam Link hardware devices is sold out in Europe and almost sold out in the US,’ Valve said in an update on Steam. The devices stocks across the globe continue to dwindle, and those looking to get one are probably already out of luck. Luckily PC gamers will have another with the continued support of a comporable app for Android devices. iOS users are out of luck for now, as Apple has yet to approve the app for sale on their service.
Per the Steam website:
The supply of physical Steam Link hardware devices is sold out in Europe and almost sold out in the US.
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, tablets and televisions. Click here to find out more about the Steam Link App.
Since the launch of Steam Link in 2015, Valve has attempted to branch out Steam as a more viable gaming platform beyond just a PC game distribution service. Steam Link made up a part of that diversification strategy, alongside other updates like expanded social features and the oft-maligned “Big Picture” mode. Although it seems that not all of their plans panned out. Steam Link devices allowed users to connect “smart” TVs and other devices to their PCs and stream games to them. The apps will accomplish the same goal as the physical option, so no worries if you actually used it.
The last few devices have been massively cut back in price. Although be aware that the support for the device may end, making the box non-functional in the future.