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Steam Link FAQ

Steam Link FAQ

Have a question about your Steam Link? It may be answered below. If you need troubleshooting help, please see our Troubleshooting Tree.

What's included with the Steam Link?

  • Steam Link
  • Power Supply / Adapters
  • HDMI Cable
  • Ethernet Cable

How to set up the Steam Link

Step 1

Turn on your home PC, launch Steam, and log in.

Don't have Steam on your PC? No problem, get it here.

Step 2

Power your Steam Link with the power adapter, plug in to a display device (HDMI), and connect to your home network.

The Link is capable of 802.11ac wireless or wired networking. For the best experience, we recommend using a wired connection.

Step 3

Plug a controller, mouse, or keyboard into any available USB port on your Link. Follow the on-screen instructions to locate computers running Steam on your home network, then choose one and start streaming games to your TV!

If you experience any issues during the setup process, you can troubleshoot your issue here

Can I play on my computer and Link simultaneously?

While streaming, you can control games from either the Steam Link or your host computer, but not both at once. If you want to play on your host computer while streaming to another TV, be aware that screen tearing may occur on your computer monitor because v-sync is disabled while streaming. If you plan to play local multiplayer while streaming to the Link, you’ll want all players to be plugged into the Link.

Can the Steam Link play games my computer can’t?

The role of the Steam Link is to stream content from your computer to a TV; it won’t make games run any smoother than they already do on your host computer.

Can the Link be used with non-Steam games?

The Steam Link can stream any computer game once you add it to your Steam library. Retail games and non-Steam games can be added to your Steam library from the Steam client by clicking “+ ADD A GAME”. You should launch the game from Steam, rather than using a shortcut on your desktop.

Which controllers are supported with the Steam Link?

The Steam Link supports the following input devices:

  • The Steam Controller
  • The official Microsoft Xbox One Wired Controller
  • The official Microsoft Xbox 360 Wired Controller
  • The official Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Controller for Windows (with wireless receiver)
  • Logitech Wireless Gamepad F710
  • Keyboard and mouse

Please note: other input devices, such as wired PS3 and PS4 controllers, may work with the Steam Link even if they aren’t officially supported.

Racing wheels, fight sticks, flight sticks, bluetooth adapters, microphone and headphones, are not natively supported on the Steam Link, but can be enabled using VirtualHere.

Pairing the Steam Link with the Steam Controller

The Steam Controller can be paired directly to the Link without using a wireless USB dongle. To pair your Steam Link and Steam Controller, please do the following:

  • Turn your Steam Controller and Steam Link off.
  • Remove all input devices from the Steam Link and power it on.
  • When prompted, pick up your Steam Controller, then hold down (X) and press the Steam button.

You may also use a wireless USB dongle or mini-USB cable to connect your Steam Controller to your Steam Link.

Pairing with Multiple Devices

You can pair your Steam Controller to multiple Steam Link and wireless USB dongles. To pair to a different source, turn off your Steam Controller, hold (A) and press the Steam button to cycle through signal receiver options.

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