Raspberry Pi Steam Link: Stream your PC Games

What is Steam Link ?

The purpose of the Steam Link is to stream a game directly from your Steam account to the connected screen. This allowed users to sit on their couch and play Steam games on their televisions, using their computer as a server to run the game.

1 Preliminary Note

Before proceeding further you need to have Raspberry Pi OS Lite / Desktop installed on your Raspberry Pi device. If you don’t already have this, you can use the Tutorial: Installing Raspberry Pi OS to install the Operating System.

2 Requirements

  1. Raspberry Pi board
  2. Power supply
  3. Micro SD card
  4. Ethernet cord

3 Installation

Open your terminal and run these commands:

Update system

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Reboot

sudo reboot

Install Steam Link

sudo apt-get install steamlink -y

4 Configure

Adding a controller

Next, you’ll need a controller. If you’re using a USB gamepad, just plug it in, and your Pi should recognize the controller when you launch Steam Link. If you’re using a Bluetooth gamepad, like Sony’s Dual Shock 4, you’ll need to pair it with your Pi by clicking the Bluetooth icon in the upper-right corner and choosing Add New Device.

Activate Remote Play

Using Steam Link on the Raspberry Pi is nearly identical to the iOS and Android experiences. Before you start, open Steam on your gaming PC, log in with your steam account, and head to Settings > Remote Play. Check the Enable Remote Play box to turn the streaming feature on.

5 Launching Steam Link

To launch Steam Link, you can either click the Raspberry menu in the upper-left corner, then head to Games > Steam Link, or run Steam Link right from the terminal with:

steamlink

If Steam asks for your permission to install additional packades, press y

And then confirm each step by pressing return on your keyboard.

6 AutoStart Steam Link (optional)

If Steam Link is the only reason you need a Pi, you may want to add the app to Raspbian’s startup programs so it launches automatically when you boot up. Open a Terminal and run the following command:

sudo nano /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE-pi/autostart

Then add a new line to the end of the file with the following text:

steamlink

Press Ctrl+X, then Y, to save and quit. The next time you boot your Pi, the Steam Link interface should appear right away.

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