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Valve discontinues Steam Link hardware, and it’s already almost gone

No more of the tiny box will be made, so get it while you can

Steam Link and controller, with watermark Charlie Hall/Polygon

Steam Link, Valve’s tiny box that let PC owners stream their Steam library to their TV, is no longer in production. The company announced just yesterday on the hardware’s community news page that it has discontinued the Steam Link — and the remaining stock is already dwindling.

Valve didn’t explicitly say that it would no longer make the Steam Link, instead heavily implying that the boxes currently available will be the last of them.

“The supply of physical Steam Link hardware devices is sold out in Europe and almost sold out in the US,” the post reads.

You can still buy the Steam Link on its own or a bundle that includes the Steam controller through the Steam storefront. The Steam Link costs $49.99, while the bundle is 10 percent off at $89.98. Valve has previously sold the Steam Link at clearance prices — as low as $2.50 — to move hardware.

The streaming box will continue to live on through mobile devices, Valve says.

“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.”

The Steam Link app, compatible with Android devices only, does many of the same things that the device itself does — which sounds more cost-effective for Valve than producing the less popular hardware. The app allows users to access their Steam library remotely, and even supports peripherals like the Steam controller. (Steam Link is not available on iOS, unfortunately.)

For fans of the Steam Link, which launched in 2015 ahead of the stand-alone Steam Machine hardware, this is the end of an era, however. Over at our sister site The Verge, Sean Hollister mourned the end of the Link’s life.

“I’ll never agree that any ol’ laptop or phone would have been an acceptable substitute for my trusty Steam Link,” he wrote. “I’ve never tried a wireless HDMI-like connection before, or since, that was anywhere near as bulletproof as this.”

Update: Valve dropped the price of the Steam Link way down post-publication. The individual device now costs $2.50, which is 95 percent off; the bundle is 64 percent off right now at $35.61.

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