the game’s deal/discount itself might be good on it’s own without the link, and the 99% off steam link is not bad either, but the shipping costs just ruins it for me when/if it’s a gadget i’m probably not gonna really use
for people that plan to use the link, it’s probably a fair bit of a steal
I agree that shipping makes it not as good, unfortunately. My very first purchase from Steam was a Link+Steam Controller.
I have to say, I like the Steam Link, it allows me to play some casual games on the couch with my wife, instead of being in front of the computer.
The controller I wouldn’t really recommend, it’s just too weird. It still uses regular batteries… Mine has been sitting in its box since I plugged in a wired XB360 controller. I thought the mouse like touch pad on the Steam controller was interesting, but it’s not easy to use at all.
Exactly as @Gnuffi has pointed out. I have my TV and computer in different rooms, so it’s convenient for me to swap to the TV and go sit on the couch for some casual games. The link can take a controller or keyboard/mouse combination plugged into it, pretty convenient without having it plugged directly from the computer to the TV.
I think that it’s a pretty good option for folks who has the appropriate set up for it. This is probably as cheap as it’s going to get, especially if one of the games has been one that you have been wanting to buy for a while. The game deals are pretty good by themselves too.
I may be in the minority, but I think the Steam controller is pretty decent. I hated it at first, but the more I used it, the more I came to appreciate it. It requires a bit more effort than simply plugging in an Xbox controller, but if you’re willing to invest the time configuring it, it can work surprisingly well with pretty much any game. I’ve even managed to get the left touch pad to feel eerily similar to a traditional d-pad (using only the haptics, no clicking necessary).
Of course, I wouldn’t recommend it just for the sake of curiosity (unless you have money to burn). But if you need an extra controller and it’s on sale, it’s definitely worth a look. One of the most unique controllers I’ve ever used. I got mine on sale for $35.
Hmm…Maybe this is why they were selling for a dollar…
But it says "Steam Controller and Steam Link persist, as does Valve’s support for the HTC Vive VR headset. What’s ironic is that, as VG247 points out, Valve’s own Steam Link essentially made Steam Machines obsolete by making it easy for PC gamers to stream games to their television."
So I am guessing the Steam link caused the (partially)death of one of it’s own?
If they are phasing out Steam machines, it would not make a whole lot of sense to make the Steam Link on sale, instead, they should try to get rid of the last of the premade Steam machinese instead. By making the Steam Link cheap on sale, people are even less likely to get the Steam computers… But your guess in that they caused their own demise seems quite plausible.
I really enjoy having a computer in a different room, and being able to stream into my TV with the Link whenever I wish, I actually did that with a HOG that was asking me to find things that were really tiny, so I blew it up to 55 inches on my TV and it was more fun for me and my wife.