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Valve brings Steam Link to Raspberry Pi

Stream games from your PC to your TV with some low-cost hardware

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Valve recently discontinued its Steam Link hardware, the small hardware peripheral that let PC users stream games to another device over an in-home network, and the company is now completely sold out of the device. And while the Android version of Steam Link will continue, Valve has released something for low-cost hardware as well.

Steam Link is now in beta for Raspberry Pi, the tiny, affordable computer aimed at hobbyists and aspiring programmers. Valve is currently supporting the Raspberry Pi 3 and 3 B+ running Raspbian Stretch, and Steam Link is free to install. Instructions for how to do so are noted in a Steam community post.

A Raspberry Pi 3 B+ will typically cost you about $35 — Micro Center has it on sale for $29.99 — making the mini computer an attractive and inexpensive Steam Link option for people who want a dedicated piece of hardware. That is, if you missed the clearance pricing on Steam Link, which was as low as $2.50 (plus shipping) at certain points.

Valve launched Steam Link in 2015, letting PC gamers stream games from their computers running Steam out to a television. The hardware was originally priced at $49.99.

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