While next-gen consoles continue to offer comparable power inside the their boxes, others think that the future may be in the streaming of games, even within our own houses. Valve and their Steam Machines have a long way to go, but we are gradually seeing products that help us understand what they want to achieve with the platform. Their first product is a small device that focuses on streaming games from another computer, via the player’s home network, and is scheduled to be on sale in November this year. Its name: Steam Link.
Steam Link will work as a connector. Conceptually, it will be a device that provides a conduit between the TV and a more powerful device that is actually running. Loaded onto Steam Link will be the Steam operating system OS based on Linux. It will offer support for 1080p resolution and a refresh rate of 60Hz with “low latency”, according to Valve. With this in mind, it is expected to be a low powered, budget option for those who do not wish to connect a desktop to their home entertainment center.
Current speculation is that Steam Link will be bundled with Source 2, the successor of the original Source. Besides Valve titles like Half-Life 2 or the Left 4 Dead series, several sets of third companies have also used Source for their projects, including Garry’s Mod, Dear Esther, The Stanley Parable and Titanfall.