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For what reason Samsung TVs Steam is being discontinued.

Hey there! I just wanted to give you a heads up on some exciting news from Valve. Starting from November 30th 2023, they will no longer be providing support for the Steam Link app on Samsung TVs.

This app which has been a popular choice among gamers allows you to wirelessly stream PC games from your Steam library to various devices like TVs and phones. 

Initially launched in 2015 alongside the Steam Link dongle the app gained traction and eventually replaced the dongle in 2018. It provided a convenient and seamless gaming experience for players. Samsung, recognizing its potential introduced the Steam Link app to its TVs in 2017 opening a new world of gaming possibilities. 

However support for the Steam Link app on Samsung TVs was halted for newer models after the introduction of their Gaming Hub.

The Gaming Hub, designed to cater to the growing popularity of cloud gaming services primarily focuses on platforms such as Xbox and Nvidia GeForce Now. 

But don’t worry! While Samsung TV users may no longer have access to the Steam Link app, there are still alternative options available. You can still enjoy the benefits of the Steam Link app on Apple TV and Android devices, including Nvidia Shield and Amazon Fire TV. This ensures that you can continue to play your favorite PC games on different platforms and devices. 

Now, I must be transparent with you. While the Steam Link app appeared to be a promising alternative to the dongle, some users reported mixed experiences specifically on Samsung TVs.

Some encountered issues where the right thumb stick on their controller controlled the TV’s volume while others faced freezing problems when streaming in resolutions higher than 1080p. 

Additionally, my colleague Jess Weatherbee, shared her own experience of occasionally encountering unreliability and latency on her Android-based Philips (UK) OLED TV compared to using the dongle. It’s important to consider these factors when deciding on the best way to enjoy your gaming experience. 

So, I just wanted to provide you with this friendly update and let you know about these recent developments. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Happy gaming! 




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