The steamlink would be a great fit for that situation.
It even has native ps4 controller support, or 360 if you have the wireless adapter.
Ah, I have the 360 wireless adapter and it worked without issue. Can't comment on the other controllers.
I had a steam link that I sold (it was a gift). It worked decent enough. I ended up just updating the HTPC and use it as a streaming client, the video quality is better and with a cat 6 Ethernet latency is not noticeable. Hindsite I wish I would have kept the Steam link to keep for the living room TV.
Your wife allows you to hang out in the living room?
Right. It would mainly be FFXHD and Civ3. Would be using powerline adapter, as my office is upstairs, and den is downstairs.
Powerline adapter isn't going to cut it..
Care to elaborate? I get 20MBps through it.
Do you check for lag spikes? Its semi ok for streaming movies due to buffer, but for streaming games not so much.
it depends on load and wiring i suppose. i had to run an ethernet cable from my office to bedroom because even lego star wars was having issues
So I went and picked it up at Gamestop. What a mess. I bought it for the wife, so it's running from her PC, phenom ii x6, 16GB and nvidia 1060. I'm gonna try streaming from my computer tomorrow and see how it fairs. As you questioned, the powerline is terribad. The wireless served up by ubiquiti was much much better, but mouse lag was still a half second or more, off. I guess I'm gonna build a 50' Ethernet cable tomorrow and see how it rolls. The video quality seemed pretty good though!
You can also do it on the gpu, but there was some issue where encoding on an amd gpu and decoding on a nvidia gpu caused weird black flickering for me (my main rig was an amd 290 and my old htpc was a gtx 260) so I had to stick to cpu encoding on my i5-2500k on gpu encoding on the htpc and it just couldn't handle 1080p @ 60 frames.Encoding is done on the CPU, if I'm not mistaken. The weaker the CPU on the host machine, the worse the lag is going to be. 1080p 60 FPS is fine with my i7-4770.
This reminds me, a good tip for anyone trying the Steam Link:I put about 200 hours into Witcher 3 over Steam Link/Steam Controller with zero issues:
- Streamed from OC'd 3770k/GTX 970
- Powerline Ethernet (relatively short run, tests out at about 100mbit/s 1ms latency)
- Max quality encoding/streaming settings
- Panasonic plasma 1080p set (low latency)
Steam Link is only supposed to need 30-40mbit and low latency. Powerline is really dependent on the circuits involved and whether the signal has to cross from one to another.
No, it doesn't without a convoluted workaround. The newer XBONE S controllers support Bluetooth, though, so you can pair one of those with the Steam Link.Ordered one of these on Amazon yesterday...been wanting to try out some in-home streaming and for $20, why not?
I think someone answered this before but, does this work with the Xbox One wireless dongle? It doesn't say it's supported but I've heard folks say that it does work?
No, it doesn't without a convoluted workaround. The newer XBONE S controllers support Bluetooth, though, so you can pair one of those with the Steam Link.
A Shield TV is definitely the better option if you want to do more than play Steam games in another room. The Steam Link is a very good affordable option if all you want to do is the latter, though. It was recently on sale for $20 and was a no-brainer at that price.I'm not sure about the Steamlink specifically as I don't have one, but the concept is absolutely wonderful. I use a Shield TV, and have since moved my living room PC out of the living room. Wasn't necessary anymore. I have two switches between it and my gaming PC connected by 1Gb fiber though, so that's probably a decent sized factor. (the speed, not the media type) I can play twitchy action games on it no problem. I'm thinking about getting a second one for my bedroom.
A Shield TV is definitely the better option if you want to do more than play Steam games in another room. The Steam Link is a very good affordable option if all you want to do is the latter, though. It was recently on sale for $20 and was a no-brainer at that price.