Valve has finally provided a date for the release of its Steam Machine consoles. Units will begin to be released from November this year. At the same time the company showed off the Steam Link: a box that can stream games from a PC or Steam Machine to a TV, at 1920 x 1080 resolution and 60fps. It will cost $50, as will the Steam Controller.
The Steam Link certainly looks like a better deal than the new $200 Nvidia Shield, which has similar functionality and requires a subscription. Of course, as far as we’re aware, the Steam Link will only stream games, with no TV functionality. On the other hand, there are many ways to bring the ‘smarts’ to a TV nowadays – Google’s Chromecast only costs $30 – but game streaming is still a pretty rare feature. (TA)