Playing DOTA on Raspberry Pi Using Steam Link

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Steam Link is software which provides support to Steam to stream screen view of the games to devices which is on same local area network. In this setup, there are 2 devices. First one is the device to run the Steam and the games which act as a server. The second one is the one which runs Steam Link and acts as a client to this server. By using this technology you can play games directly on a device which is connected to the same router. The connection is also 2 way. Thus, control devices such as keyboard, mouse and game controllers can be connected directly to the client device.

On 3rd of December, Steam announced that the Steam Link can work on Raspberry Pi now. After I saw that, I decided to give it a try. I have tried it with my favorite game, Dota 2. Dota 2 can be played on a Raspberry Pi using Steam Link. It basically uses your computer as a game server. Actually, the PC is run the Dota 2 however it casts its screen view to another computer, which in this case is a Raspberry Pi. You can install it to your Raspberry Pi with only 2 shell commands.

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Step 1: Installing Steam Link on Raspberry Pi

The following link is from Steam Community website. They announced that Steam Link is officially available for Raspberry Pi. The installation process is quite easy but the basic Linux shell knowledge still is a requirement.
https://steamcommunity.com/app/353380/discussions/...

The first step, using curl download the required Debian installation package.

pi@rpi-:~ $ curl -#Of http://media.steampowered.com/steamlink/rpi/steam... ######################################################################## 100.0%

After downloading the package, the process continues with following one line script. It is installing Steam Link Package to your Raspberry Pi.

pi@rpi-:~ $ sudo dpkg -i steamlink_1.0.7_armhf.deb

Selecting previously unselected package steamlink. (Reading database ... 129787 files and directories currently installed.)

Preparing to unpack steamlink_1.0.7_armhf.deb ...

Unpacking steamlink (1.0.7) ... Setting up steamlink (1.0.7) ...

Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.13.3-9) ...

Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.23-1) ...

Processing triggers for mime-support (3.60) ...

Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.15-1) ...

Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.6.1-2) ...

Step 2: Game Play Demo

Some configurations are also should be done to start playing through your Raspberry Pi. However, these steps are quite easy to follow and no prior shell knowledge is required. By the way, ping is around 6 ms with ethernet connection to your router. The ping is heavily depends on your router performance and connection quality. I could not get sufficient results with WiFi connection to Raspberry Pi. Therefore I connect it to external router in order to keep the connection latency as minimum as possible.

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