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Simple way to stream games from a PC to a TV elsewhere on the network. Originally Valve sold a dedicated Steam Link unit, but it's been discontinued in favour of Raspberry Pi, Android, Samsung TVs, and flatpack-based Linux versions.Apparantly you can now even use it over the Internet.

  • Valve's box has half a gig of RAM, 100 Mbit/s ethernet, and 5Ghz wireless.
  • The Raspberry Pi 3B and 3B+ are the listed minimum required. They have more RAM, but due to their ethernet sharing the same bus as USB you're limited to speeds more like ~35Mbit/s. The wireless on the 3 Pi's is also only 2.4Ghz, and places I've looked said it's best avoided in this case.
  • The Pi 4 has23-8 GBs of RAM, gigabit ethernet, and 5Ghz wireless.

So thr Pi 4's probably the best option unless you find a Steam Link real cheap. The extra RAM and stuff probably doesn't matter, but you can also put Kodi and stuff on there, and will have better support from Valve going forward?

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Steam Play

Steam Play is Valve's Wine fork. So, in essence, it's a game-specific version of Wine. A cool thing about this is that it gives you a central place to report game-related issues, and those issues are ones they will be interested in fixing. From Valve's point of view I guess it will give them more accurate numbers on how many people actually use Linux for playing games, without it being so distorted by people running the Windows version of Steam through Wine.

It's still early days, but here are some useful links:

  • ProtonDB - Community homepage. From here you can search games and submit your own tests.
  • ValveSoftware/Proton - Official project on Github.
    • Requirements

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Troubleshooting

If you want to try to figure out why a particular game isn't working you can add PROTON_LOG=1 %command% to the launch options. It'll dump an error log in your home folder.

You can also enable debugging globally if you want, see: user_settings.sample.py

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steam.txt · Last modified: 2021/07/04 01:58 by rjt