MCV takes a look at the best accessories heading to UK retail. This week, we hook up with Valve’s Steam Link streaming box and chill out with Nyko’s Intercooler
It’s not just the Steam Machines that are designed to bring PC gaming to the living room.
Valve has also announced the Steam Link, a streaming device that existing gaming PC owners can use to bring their collection of games to a TV.
All users need to do is connect the Steam Link to a new TV or monitor, then connect the box to their home network via either a wired or 802.11ac wireless connection.
The small form-factor machine will automatically detect any computers running Steam on the same network, and display a list of titles for gamers to play. Nearly every game available on Steam supports streaming via Steam Link.
Steam Link utilises the existing hardware horsepower of the computer it is paired with, streaming real-time gameplay audio and video across and allowing consumers to play using Valve’s Steam Controller, which will launch around the same time.
Video can be displayed in resolutions up to 1080p at 60 frames per second. Steam Link includes one HDMI-out video connection, one wired Ethernet connector and two USB ports.
RRP: $49.99 (33)
Release Date:November 2015
Designed for players who keep their Xbox One consoles in cramped, poorly-ventilated conditions, Nyko’s Intercooler aims to improve airflow and ventilation around the system.
The clip-on peripheral features one quiet, high-efficiency fan and powers on and off with the console automatically, meaning users don’t need to flick an extra switch when turning on their system to play.
The accessory takes up just one USB port, and is compatible with all of Nyko’s accompanying modular products.
RRP: $24.99 (17)
Release Date: TBC