If you’re wondering what the heck a Steam Link is, then allow me the pleasure of introducing you two. The Steam Link is a little piece of hardware about the size of a small external hard drive, and with it you can stream Steam to your TV. That’s right, Steam Link basically turns Steam into a console system. And it’s ready for pre-order right now for $50 USD.

The little doohickey also features 1080p resolution at 60 FPS, wired 100 Mbit/s fast ethernet and wireless 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO) networking abilities, 3 USB 2.0 ports, and supports a variety of controllers and peripherals including mouse/keyboard. It even comes with an HDMI and ethernet cable. Whatta guy!

steam link

Der Steam Link

I have to assume you’ve either heard about the Steam controller, or could likely imagine what this “game controller” contraption might essentially look like (especially since there’s a picture up above), but let’s go over the features anyway for shiz n’ giggs.

  • Dual trackpads
  • HD haptics – (That means very precise vibrations)
  • Analog stick
  • Dual-stage triggers, each with 10° of travel, a magnetic flux sensor, and a tactile switch
  • Gyroscope and accelerometer sensors enabling tilt-to-steer racing wheel functionality and other motion-controlled input
  • Configurable controls
  • Local multiplayer capability, as supported by games
  • Wired or wireless (dual mode)
  • USB 2.0 via Micro USB port (cable not included)
  • Estimated 5 meters of wireless communications range. Actual results may vary.
  • Provides up to 80 hours of standard game play – (Holy crap, that’s Wii U professional controller level endurance!)

I’d say the most astounding feature is the track pads in lieu of a d-pad and second stick, but it sounds interesting to me, and I’d like to try it before I make any judgments.

What’s all dis ’bout free games, doe?

So you can get either device separately for $49.99 each, or together in a bundle for $99.98, but whether you buy either device or both together, you receive one free copy of each Rocket League and Portal 2. But considering the bundle doesn’t save you any money at all, I might suggest buying them separately. This isn’t tested advice, but you might be able to get second copies of the games for a friend if you buy them separately using two different accounts. But I could be dead wrong.

The devices will be available November 10th, and the free games are only for pre-orders. The games will be available to download September 4th.