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Valve pulls plug on Steam Link hardware

Gabe as good as they got.

Valve has discontinued its Steam Link hardware, the device which lets you stream PC games onto your TV.

European stock of the gadget has already sold out, Valve said last night, with US supply "almost" gone too. No more will be made.

It's a little surprising to see the Steam Link hardware culled - the box was still receiving new features as recently as last month, when the ability was added to stream simultaneously to multiple devices and use Android phones as a touchscreen input.

But Steam Link has never become a mainstream product, despite Valve's best attempts to make it affordable via regular deep discounts. And, in the past six months, Valve has begun focusing on Steam Link software to do the same job for iOS and Android devices. It's these options Valve will continue to work on, without having the need to manufacture further Steam Link boxes.

"Moving forward, Valve intends to continue supporting the existing Steam Link hardware as well as distribution of the software versions of Steam Link," Valve concluded, "available for many leading smart phones, tablets and televisions."

Digital Foundry tested the Steam Link app for iOS and Android earlier this year. At that point, it still needed a little more work to be as reliable as its hardware offering.