Valve is testing out a Steam Link app for Samsung’s Smart Hub TV platform that lets you stream games from your Steam library without the $50 Steam Link streaming box. The Steam Link app is now available in beta in the U.S., and is available for 2016 and 2017 models of Samsung’s smart TVs.
Currently, you’ll be able to stream games at 1080p and 60fps, and Valve is set to add a 4K streaming option in the future. And while you may no longer need a Steam Link anymore, you do need to pick up the Steam controller to play games as that’s the only gamepad officially supported. Valve is likely to add support for the Xbox One and PS4 controllers in the near future.
If you already have a Samsung smart TV and are looking for an easy way to stream games from your Steam library to your TV, then the Steam Link app is a novel solution. The app works over 5GHz networks, but you’ll probably want to hook up a wired connection from your TV to your router to avoid frame rate issues.
The Steam Link app will be available in global markets sometime later this year along with 4K streaming and the ability to pair with more controllers.