Rocket League, Portal 2 free with Steam Link pre-orders

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Steam creator Valve announced a pre-order incentive for its upcoming Steam Link hardware, offering free digital copies of Portal 2 and Rocket League for eligible customers.

Starting today and extending through Steam Link’s launch on November 10, Steam users who place a pre-order for the $50 device will receive Steam-redeemable codes for both games. Players who own either Portal 2 or Rocket League also have the option of gifting these codes to fellow Steam users.

Arriving alongside Valve’s gaming-focused Steam Machines computer hardware later this year, the Steam Link device connects to any HDTV and home network, and streams Steam-compatible games from a linked PC. The device works in tandem with Steam’s “Big Picture” mode, which eases store and library navigation with a controller-optimized frontend.

Steam Link devices output 1080p-quality video at 60 frames-per-second, and stream content via either a wired ethernet or wireless MIMO connection. The hardware also boasts three USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 functionality, and controller-pairing capabilities for the optional Steam Controller.

Valve previously unveiled the final version of its Steam Controller earlier this year, supplementing its unique dual-touchpad setup with a more traditional layout featuring a thumbstick and four face buttons. Bundles offering the Steam Controller in addition to Steam Link hardware are currently up for pre-order via Steam.

Rocket League, released earlier this year, is a competitive sports game in which teams of highly maneuverable vehicles compete for score on an oversized soccer field. The game features a variety of online multiplayer modes in addition to local co-op, and is also available on the PlayStation 4.

Portal 2 features a series of first-person puzzle-platforming challenges that revolve around a mind-bending teleportation mechanic. While the original Portal largely focused on a straightforward set of traversal challenges, Portal 2 takes the series in a new direction with an increased focus on narrative, a greater number of gameplay-altering gimmicks introduced throughout, and an expanded voice cast that includes Stephen Merchant and J.K. Simmons.

Steam Link launches on November 10 at $50.

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