Testing out my Steam Link + Steam Controller
I have to say, I'm super impressed with the Steam Link. It's a streaming device for those of us who already have a good gaming PC. There's no need to drop hundreds or thousands of dollars for one of the Steam Machines that are being made. If you're like me, you already have all the computing power you need in your desktop PC. That's why I grabbed this little guy for $50 instead.
I plugged it in and it just works. It's fantastic. As long as I have my gaming PC turned on all I have to do is boot this up and Steam will stream to my living room TV. It boots into Steam Big Picture mode which is ideal for controlling it with a gamepad of some kind. But, it has a bunch of USB ports so you can easily hook up a wireless keyboard/mouse or any other kind of controller you want.
The coolest part is something I found while jumping back and forth between this and my computer. It's not actually streaming Steam in the way I thought. It's streaming everything from my PC. So, a quick alt-tab gives me access to my entire PC in my living room. I played some Blizzard games, browsed the web, and played some videos just to check it and and it works fantastically. It's the coolest thing I found.
The Steam Link isn't just streaming Steam. It streams your entire PC!
The Steam Controller on the other hand... well. Let's just say I'm not as impressed. I tried to use it in a ton of different games and none of them felt good. I was quickly back to using either a wireless 360 controller or the wireless keyboard and mouse I hooked up. Those seem to be ideal.
The Steam Controller fights my muscle memory. The face buttons aren't where I want them to be, the D-Pad doesn't actually behave like a D-Pad, it's begging for a second joystick, the triggers feel strange (especially the ones on the very back of the controller), the whole thing is plasticky and clicky in an unpleasant way. Worst of the, the right thumb touchpad is just horrible. It's not accurate, it jumps around, it's imprecise, and it also rumbles at you for some reason. I thought it would be like a track pad but it's like the offspring of the worse trackpad ever mixed with a vibrator.
I'm hoping that they may improve the Steam controller with software updates as time goes on but the way it is right now is simply unusable for me.
Overall, I would buy the Steam Link again in a heartbeat. It paired with a wireless mouse/keyboard and a wireless 360 controller is amazing. I love it already. If I could take back my order of the Steam controller I would. But, altogether I'm counting the purchase as a win because the Steam Link is just so good!