expired EB Games Manager's Specials - Steam Link + $20 Steam Credit for $29, Steam Controller $60, Amiibo $4 Each, Plus More

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New Manager's Specials for the week

Highlights:

Steam Link + $20 Steam credit - $29
Steam Controller - $60
Select Amiibo - $4 each
Pokemon Sun/Moon - $29 each
Battlefield 1 - $28 each (PS4, XB1, PC)

A few more deals also. Must end Sunday 21/01/2018

Enjoy!

Comments

  • +16 votes

    They are throwing the Steam Link out for that price… or just giving out free credit :)

    • +1 vote

      I guess under conditions you can use this instead of Google Chrome 2 or similar gadgets
      As long as your device has Steam installed, play anything on your device like a media centre and access your machine Desktop with a portable keyboard and mouse on any TV or device within your network.
      Cheaper with 1080p quality plus $20 Steam credit. Is there any expiry date on the Steam credit?

  • +3 votes

    Is the $20 credit USD or AUD which is converted to USD when redeemed?

    • +2 votes

      Great controllers, they should get the 8bitdo N64 controllers in too.

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      Do these work with the SNES mini ?

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        They do, but you need to purchase a separate adapter.

        Great controllers though. For wireless retro gaming I don't think there's anything better.

        • +3 votes

          Specifically you need the 8bitdo retro receiver
          https://tinyurl.com/ycpvr35x

          As for the controllers themselves, just a heads up that if you're planning to use the NES30 PRO or the FC30 PRO on current gen consoles/PC, then the placement of the shoulder buttons might be a bit uncomfortable to what you're used to, as they are side by side instead of over/under respectively.

          For example: https://www.gamesmen.com.au/media/catalog/product/cache/1/im...

          Personally I imported and am using their newer SF30 PRO
          Using it both both on my Snes Mini classic and as a spare PC/other controller, unfortunately it doesn't look like EBgames have this in stock just yet however.

    • +1 vote

      Yeah they are great prices.

      For the purists, you can also buy adapters to play your NES or SNES consoles wirelessly :)

    • +1 vote

      How do these go on the switch? Any good for Mario Kart?

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        They are supported on the Switch AFAIK. Haven't used one on a Switch myself, but the build quality is great. My only complaint is that the thumb-sticks are a little small (they're about 3/4 the size of a normal thumbstick on a Dualshock). Compared to the JoyCons though, this would be a massive improvement.

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          The thumb sticks on the new pro controllers (with normal shoulder buttons) are great, and very sticky!

          I believe all the 8bitdo controllers work with the switch, but may require a firmware update first.

          The 8bitdo controllers are best for retro gaming (IMHO), and the Nintendo joy cons and Nintendo pro controllers are superior for modern games like Mario Kart and Zelda BotW. Your mileage may vary.

          They (the new pro 8bitdo controllers) work fantastically for the SNES Mini (after updating the retro wireless adapter and controllers to latest firmware and learning you need to start the controllers in Android mode for this usage)

      • +3 votes

        For the Switch, you want the newer SF30 Pro / SN30 Pro - these are made for the Switch, and have motion controls, home/screenshot buttons, player indicator, etc.

        • +1 vote

          Do these work for the switch when its not docked?

          Can you play all modern games with them? Like Zelkda BOTW?

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      These are good prices. Shame they don't have the SF30 Pro.

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      Disappointed there's no iOS support.

      • +2 votes

        Shame. These actually do work with IOS. From what I've read they removed support for this devices in the latest software update. To get them to work you need to downgrade to v2 firmware. Available from there web site.

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          Bought NESpro and FCpro. Out of the box, couldn't pair with Switch. I'm guessing this batch is the older version as manual is legacy (so theoretically can BT with iPad). About to update firmware and give it a shot. Package included a sweet key ring!

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          @Carydadon: <update> after firmware upgrade, no probs pairing with switch. Played overcooked and both analogue sticks can move the cook, but dpad does nothing :(

          Eventually paired to Android (issues with my China phone), played mame sweetly.

          Paired with iPad when using the original firmware, couldn't pair after update.

          Updating firmware easy. Download from site, power on, plug in, choose update, choose file, done.

          Loving the LED :)

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        Out of curiousity what apps would you use it on? On my old job iPad (no longer a part of the family) I used iCade with mame - was brilliant. But non jb, the iCade list of compatible apps is pretty piss weak.

    • +1 vote

      Grabbed a NES30 with local pickup. Cheers :)

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      As if the snes one doesn't have joysticks but the nes one does.

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        That's because the NES one is the pro model, while the SNES one isn't. The pro version of the SNES one does have joysticks too (EB Games just doesn't have them yet).

        You want SF30 Pro or SN30 Pro.

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      Anyone's using these for Wii U? I got input lag if connecting this together with 2 wiimote. Wondering for any workaround

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      Thanks for pointing them out, got 2 SFC30 for the pi3. Great price!

  • +1 vote

    Has anyone used the Steamlink? I'm tempted to get one to play PC games on my 4k TV but I assume there would be some input lag?

    • +1 vote

      I haven't noticed any and that's using bluetoothed PS4 controller and PC on wifi.

    • +3 votes

      I use it all the time and it's awesome. Haven't noticed any input lag with Steam Link on WiFi and PC on ethernet. Casting to a 4K tv too at around 2K resolution and it's great.

      If there's congestion (which is rare) the quality drops a bit to keep input lag low. But 99% of the time, it just feels like your PC is plugged directly into the TV. Couldn't recommend it higher.

    • +2 votes

      Even on gigabit ethernet, reaction based games aren't ideal. I tried playing OlliOlli and my timing was all off.

    • +2 votes

      Love my Steamlink! There's no input lag over Ethernet. I haven't tried wifi on the Steamlink, but I do stream to my Laptop over 5ghz wifi and there's very minimal input lag (still found it manageable enough for Dark Souls 3, so pretty good overall).

    • +1 vote

      Unlike above guys my experience was lackluster (PC 5ghz wifi room upstairs getting about 400-500 Mbps usually; Link ethernet; controller dualshock 3; 4k tv but playing 1080 d/t my gpu being the ancient gtx 670).
      There was no input lag (although measured via steam to be about 5ms), and gaming was mostly ok, but at above setting I could get just a bit above 30 fps on graphics heavy games then connection would cause trouble.

      It wasn't unplayable, hell I even played some couch Mortal Kombat, but the unreliability of wireless network meant every few minutes you would get a stutter or worse (eg. few seconds pause) that would completely ruin the experience.
      For single player games, I played some of Tomb Raider, it was good but a step down from my PC's graphics on the smaller screen (sacrificed 10 or so FPS with significant lower bitrate).

      Played Overcooked and that was probably best experience due to the game being lightweight, got consistent speeds.

      I think my point is, from my experience, it is a really neat little device that does really well for its price (this deal is a steal!), but for the sake of near flawless experience, you HAVE to get wired connection (or at least EoP). 5GHz AC wireless is great, but not to stream 1080p or more high bitrate / high quality gameplay.

    • +1 vote

      I've noticed a little bit when playing Dark Souls 3. Tried re-configing things around but it didn't help dramatically.

      That was over wifi as well. Maybe my computer is a bit dated to stream it though.

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      Ive briefly used mine for quick view of CIV-V and Dirt 3 - Dirt worked fast/well, though on wired network, Civ was just too hard to read.

      There are some reviews that say Wifi is nasty in some situations, and to be fair - think about all your devices, heck even think about the neighbors WiFi Cameras etc - these things all effect a mid-level Wifi network.

      They are nice idea though.

    • +1 vote

      The lag using Steam link is negligible. I've had no issues playing FPS games via Steam link on Wifi. For comparison I've tried the PS4 remote play with a wired Playstation TV and I found it to be unplayable.

    • +3 votes

      It is there but I think the majority of the "input lag" (compared to PC gaming) comes from the TV itself, even in game mode (Lg OLED 65C7 and Samsung JS9000). Eventually you get use to it and it isn't so bad with non-competitive games.

      Couch multiplayer is great though and because it is an even playing field it doesn't really matter.

    • +1 vote

      Steamlinks work well with games that don't require internet.

      from my experience playing Life is Strange on Steam link is flawless you'd never see an issue. however running Rocket league was janky as **** frame rate dips and bad connection lag. (this is on 5G Fiber with 70mbp/s average and the only thing using the network at the time)

      i play alot of offline games so i'm fine with the steam link. but you wouldn't wanna be playing FPS's or anything with it from my experience.

    • +3 votes

      Last I checked the Steamlink is only 1080p - so keep that in mind on your 4K TV. I ended up ditching my Steamlink and moved my PC into my lounge to play my 4K games in full resolution.

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      I had to get Powerline Ethernet adapters to get it to be entirely smooth frame-rate wise (1080p/60Hz). Otherwise I'd get occasional glitches on WiFi, even with a really solid connection on an 802.11ac router. Interference just can't be avoided, and often occurs at the worst moment.

      With a Powerline Ethernet connection, it works fine in terms of picture quality, and I can even stream movies at 1080p glitch free. But the input lag is definitely there, and is definitely noticeable on reaction-based games.

      Once you get a solid connection, it's definitely playable. But I ended up moving the PC into the home theatre every time I wanted to play a reaction-based game, and in the end, it ended up living there. Now, I just remote into it for desktop use, and use Steam In-Home streaming for games like Civ that I'd prefer to play at a desk.

      You really just can't beat hooking up your PC directly to the TV with HDMI. The difference between the Steam Link and a direct connection on reaction-based games is definitely something you will notice.

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      Steamlink is fantastic but it only goes up to 1080p so won't support native 4K. Over gigabit ethernet the latency is pretty much unnoticeable.

      Steam controller is a flop though, avoid. Much better off with a dualshock4 for the steam link.

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      use my steam link over wifi (PC is on Ethernet) no lag issues

      I think nobody would be expected to play csgo over the thing but I've played sonic racing and the witcher 3 - silky smooth and no issues

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      I wouldn't go competing online with it, but a 60 fps pc game will still have less lag than a 30fps console game if u have a good network.

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      It's a gamble.

      SteamLink was useless for me. Nothing but lag and freezing. Literally unplayable 99% of the time after days of troubleshooting, no matter the setup, settings or config changes.

      Yet the same one worked ok at someone else's house… We couldn't work out why. It seems to be very, very picky about some mysterious factors.

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        Have you got your Steam Link connected up by wired or wireless networking?. If wireless then perhaps there is some sort of wireless interference causing some huge bandwidth issue. So i would say if by wireless then there's a Wifi issue on your network.

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      I did last night until Dirt crashed. lol

      I've got my Steam Link connected through Ethernet.

      Also note that the Steam Link supports a max of 1080p video output. So it will be upscaled 1080p video to 4K on your TV.

  • +17 votes

    Switch special please Mr Manager

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    They also have a buy one get one free xbox live 3 month subscription. Looks like decent value

  • +3 votes

    Wow, always been interested in having a Steam Link but couldn't justify paying much. I'd be shocked if I can't get $9 of fun out of it though.

    • +5 votes

      You won't regret it. I bought it from a previous deal and it is the best couch gaming accessory I have bought. If you already own a PC and heaps of games it's hard to justify paying $300 for a console that isn't a Switch because of the Steam Link.

  • +2 votes

    I've been using one for about 6 months now, it's really killed the need for a console or gaming pc in the living room for me (I'm kind of sad about that but hey it's saved me at least $1.3k).

    Just make sure you have a wireless mouse/keyboard on hand ($20 MS or logitech's will do), even games set up for controller often have launchers or other weird quirks that need some input just to get started.

    Another recommendation is try use Ethernet, it's only 100mbps but even solid AC wireless can get a bit blocky and the latency can sometimes show through.

  • +1 vote

    Can I use xbox1 controller with steamlink? Also do i need a keyboard for this?

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    https://ebgames.com.au/pc-222649-Steam-Link-PC

    Wtf? $90? I guess this is a good buy then? Why they giving away so cheap?

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      RRP is not accurate they're probably $15-30 realistically

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        Yeah, does that mean they're bringing out a new version though? I always thought these were going to stick at $40-50

        • +1 vote

          they've never said they'll do another. they're releasing actually hardware like a PC which is unrelated to the steam link my guess would be that's the priority.

          the Steam link is a VERY niche market which i think why it's RRP dropped so dramatically. it only suits armchair gamers who want to play games on the couch. most PC gamers don't fit this criteria as they'll be keyboard and mouse. i use it because it's a good break from the laptop.

        • +1 vote

          @scorpweb: It works as a perfect PC->TV streamer too, some TVs don't link to your PC smoothly. This works well when I want to watch some TV eps I have on my PC, but not using my PC screen.

        • +2 votes

          @StoneSin:

          so true works great for netflix or youtube or media casting :)

    • +3 votes

      Elsewhere in the world it's definitely not that much.

      Before EB started stocking it, I grabbed from Amazon US for ~AUD$45 shipped.

      This, with the gift card, is a really good deal though.

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    The 8bitdo controllers work on Wii U and Switch aswell. There is a newer SNES style controller that has motion and rumble.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0748S1VDC?th=1

  • +1 vote

    Just tried to buy 4 amiibo and the steamlink, was refunded and they said they didn't have any in stock at the store or warehouse.

    • +2 votes

      Ordered two Amiibo, Pitt and Ryu, and they’re ready for I store collection. May be the steam link causing the issue.

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      At Zing if a single item is missing they cancel the whole order if picking up instore.
      Likely the case at EB Games. Maybe try again one item in each order.

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    Thanks for the post! Picked up a Steam Link, 8Bitdo controller and Ryu Amiibo!

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    Can anyone confirm if the $20 credit is a separate gift card or via redemption through steam website

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