What are your impressions on using the Steam Link for retro games. whether native and emulated?
It sounds like a decent alternative to lugging the computer around or getting a full fledged computer for the living room.
yeah, this. Why not get a cheap used laptop and run DOSBox and the like on it? I don't see why a decent XP laptop from around 2008 or so wouldn't be able to adequately handle most all retro PC games. Heck, back in the day my 2008 netbook could play Halo CE at full speed.
All a Steam Link does is stream whatever PC you have running Steam to your TV.
I've got one and it's pretty good. The Steam Controller is alright for most games (but it's god awful for fighting games). It works as an Xinput device, as well as keyboard and mouse.
That's what I could use it for. The PC is too far from the TV to practically connect it. There are HDMI cables long enough but I have no clue how to handle controls over long distances.
Being able to share it with other members of the family that also have Steam seems like a nice bonus.
I heard you could use all sorts of controllers via USB so the Steam controller is less of my concern.
I could get parts to finalize new PC for that.
A Sempron and fitting Micro-ATX Mobo are only $35 each and I have a case, drive and other stuff to spare.
There's also warranty and upgradability to consider.
its quite trivial how modern closed hardware "fake clone" hardware emulators are acceptable or even modern ARM computers when we're talking about emulation, but at this point we are discussing about a wireless screen streamer,
and one that eforces the use of an always-online game launcher at vr/ of all places, where you're most likely to find 30yo+ who would rather just forego any new games that don't offer alternative purchases thatn to pay with their wallets in favour of temporary game rentage
I've heard that Steam link has a lot of annoying work arounds you gotta do if you wanna run stuff like emulators on it. It may be cheap and easy to set up but you'd probably save yourself some hassle by just building a small emulation and media based computer for your TV.