Steam Link as Valve puts it will "extend your Steam experience to any room in the house." Valve states that the Steam controller "is a higher-bandwidth haptic information channel than exists in any other consumer product that we know of,” Valve said. “As a parlour trick they can even play audio waveforms and function as speakers.” The Steam Controller will have two large, concave trackpads with buttons labeled A, B, X and Y. The trackpads will be clickable with two shoulder buttons located on the back just like a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 controller.
Steam Link will work with PCs, Mac and Linux computers to stream content within the home network from Steam to the device. The specifications for the Steam Link includes supporting 1080p resolution at 60 Hz "with low latency." Valve says there will be several boxes covering “an array of specifications, price, and performance." Valve mentions that the Steam Machines will have a price "at the same price point as game consoles, with higher performance."