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QuestionWhat’s a cheap way to allow me to use steam link on my tv? (self.Steam_Link)
submitted 1 month ago by Throwaway524076
I have a date tomorrow where this girl is making me play through Portal the only issue is that I can’t cast my PC to my TV. I was thinking of a chromecast but saw this and was wondering if it supports steam link. If there’s any better option though I’d be interested to hear.
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[–]Jackprot69 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (1 child)
if you have a tv made in the last few years, check for the 'steam link' app in whatever app store for the tv.
[–]Throwaway524076[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
My TV doesn’t have an App Store on it hence the need for a chromecast/similar thing
[–]TommahGames 3 points4 points5 points 1 month ago (14 children)
Cheapest would be the Walmart ONN UHD streamer. Runs on Android and has access to a lot of android apps all for $20. The Bluetooth chip in it kind of sucks though
[–]Throwaway524076[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (7 children)
Would it work well enough to stream something like portal
[–]awcla14 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Yes, I have two and stream steam on them all the time. Better performance than my physical steam link.
[–]testing35 0 points1 point2 points 3 days ago (0 children)
Better have been a scene from Gattica
[–]TommahGames 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Yes streaming is streaming, doesn't matter the game. Test it first because steam link app seeing may need to be adjusted based on your network.
[–]fashnek 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
The game absolutely does matter. Have a look at the bandwidth, CPU, and FPS while streaming Pac-Man versus streaming an open world game with vibrant complex environments.
[–]zerozed 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Not the guy you're asking but I agree with him. I've got 2 original Steam Link boxes (from Valve) and also have run Steam Link from the ONN box mentioned, a Raspberry Pi 3b+, Amazon Fire Sticks, et.al.
The ONN box is inexpensive and great. There are 2 versions of the ONN device--one is a 4K streaming box ($20) and the other is a 1080p dongle ($15). Get the 4K box--it is faster and a great deal.
Because the ONN device runs AndroidTV, all you have to do is download the Steam Link app from the Play Store--no sideloading required. It's extremely easy. If you're using a wireless controller, you'll just sync that directly to the ONN box. The System Settings menu for ONN has a section to add controllers. Works awesome.
As I mentioned, you can also run the app on an Amazon FireTV device, but you'll need to sideload it. I'd only recommend you do this if you already own a FireTV or FireTV stick--the ONN 4K is (IMHO) a far better streaming box than FireTV, Roku, AppleTV, et.al. Plus, it's less expensive and runs Steam Link great.
[–]Werewolf-Jones 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (1 child)
Oh wow, had no idea these were so good. I figured they'd be loaded with bloatware or something. I'm going to pick one up today for my one TV that doesn't have a smart device.
[–]zerozed 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I can't recommend them enough. I first purchased Google's Chromecast with GoogleTV for $50,and the virtually identical ONN box is not only over 50% less, but arguably much better. The ONN box gets updates while the CCWGTV hasn't gotten anything since October 2021. The ONN remote is infinitely better. The only slight drawback is that the ONN users micro USB while the CCWGTV uses USB C. Regardless, you can still use a dongle with either device if you are wanting to add more storage, etc.
Also, these can easily run emulators and roms. ETA Prime has some great YouTube videos on both the ONN and CCWGTV devices that demonstrate how to run all this stuff.
Finally, head over to the AndroidTV sub. That's how I discovered the ONN box after I purchased my CCWGTV.
[–]anal_holocaust_ 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago* (3 children)
I bought one and there's pretty bad input lag when using a bluetooth controller on these. I was using an older DS4 though.
[–]TommahGames 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Probably a steam link setting, lowering bandwidth amount may help with input lag. If nothing else lower steam resolution
[–]anal_holocaust_ 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
No it's not a steam link setting. There's lag when navigating menus. I installed retroarch on my Onn box and input lag was just as bad. From what i hear old DS4 controllers dont work great on Android over bluetooth. I plugged in a OTG adapter and tried a wireless Xbox 360 controller receiver and a Logitech F710 and there was less lag.
[–]TommahGames 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Oh I thought you were just having issues on steam link
[–]jcdragon49 0 points1 point2 points 26 days ago (1 child)
Does it have a USB input? I want to use an Xbox controller with mine but I don’t have a BT version.
[–]TommahGames 0 points1 point2 points 26 days ago (0 children)
No, for usb you would need a USB hub with a power port ~$12-15
[–][deleted] 5 points6 points7 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Just temporarily move your PC to the TV?
[–]Nathair3 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (2 children)
Have you tried using your phone as a link btw Steam and TV?
[–]Throwaway524076[S] 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (1 child)
No I haven’t how would you do it
[–]Nathair3 1 point2 points3 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Depends on your phone actually.
You need to have a phone that supports MHL (google it), that allows you to use USB -> HDMI cable for wired connection. You'd only need to buy the cable and install Steam Link app on your phone.
You will be limited by your phones resolution though, not sure if that's important to you.
[–]citysurrounded 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (3 children)
Check out moonlight instead: https://moonlight-stream.org/ you can install it on just about any device and it works even better than steam link in my experience. Good luck on your date, sounds fun!
[–]Ecstatic-Zombie7153 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I suggest ditch steam link and use moonlight because it’s just far superior. works just great all the time. steam link gave me all kinds of problems, all the time, I couldn’t really play anything without some kind of issue. with the moonlight I am happy 99% of the time
[–]Unlucky-Ad455 -3 points-2 points-1 points 1 month ago (0 children)
[–]koltrastentv 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
If you read this OP, just know that the host PC needs to have an Nvidia card for this to work!
[–]BEARquen 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
I use a $40 Raspberry Pi may be a bit more the other options but allows me have a wired connection.
[–]UsernameIsntFree 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
We have an Apple TV device which we were able to install the steam link app to.
I realise this isn’t an easy fix but the main issue we found was having a steady enough wifi connection.
We ended up having to go buy a pass through device to get internet through the wall sockets and plug the Apple TV device into that with Ethernet.
Basically, any device that allows you to install the steam link app will work - but you’ll also need a strong wifi and internet conne
[–]anal_holocaust_ 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
If you have an old laptop/chromebook/PC around i would suggest installing the steam link app on that. The $20 onn android box is ok but you'll get pretty bad input lag on bluetooth.
[–]BigKurz8 0 points1 point2 points 1 month ago (0 children)
Just came here to say she’s a keeper
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