Valve has announced an offer it hopes will sweeten the pot for gamers who have not yet place a pre-order for the Steam Link micro-console or Steam Controller gamepad: free copies of Rocket League and Portal 2.
Announced back in March
as the result of a promise to unveil more living-room hardware, the Steam Link is designed as an alternative to Valve's Steam Box console-cum-PC machines for anyone who already has a gaming PC. Connected to the home network, the low-power Steam Link uses the In-Home Streaming functionality of Valve's digital distribution platform to allow games to be played in other rooms. Because the game itself is rendered on the remote PC, the Steam Link is low-power and quiet - and priced at a reasonable £39.99, although to get the best from it you'll need the much-revised Steam Controller at another £39.99.
Although pre-orders for the device had already opened, Valve has added a new incentive for those who have yet to take the plunge: pre-ordering from the Steam product page will result in the receipt of copies of vehicular football title Rocket League and space-bending puzzler Portal 2. The same games are being given away with pre-orders of the Steam Controller, too, and duplicate copies can be gifted to friends.
Both the Steam Controller and Steam Link are due to launch on the 10th of November.