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Steam Machines Announced

The second announcement of Valve's promised three announcements is live, following news of plans for SteamOS with details on Steam Machines, a "powerful new category of living-room hardware" they say is "on the horizon." Join the hardware beta now. Choose the model right for you in 2014. They describe plans for a variety of such machines coming from several partners to account for differing needs, and outline a Valve Prototype, saying they are shipping 300 of these free to Steam users to test. They outline how to qualify as a tester and also have a FAQ covering the topic. The FAQ indicates that some games will use "in-home streaming," saying Steam Machines can play: "The nearly 3,000 games on Steam. Hundreds already running natively on the SteamOS, with more to come. The rest will work seamlessly via in-home streaming." Here's word on testing:

While these products are still in development, we need your help. As always, we believe the best way to ensure that the right products are getting made is to let people try them out and then make changes as we go. We have designed a high-performance prototype thats optimized for gaming, for the living room, and for Steam. Of course, its also completely upgradable and open.

This year were shipping just 300 of these boxes to Steam users, free of charge, for testing. You can make yourself eligible to get one. How? Read on!

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38. Re: Steam Machines Announced Sep 25, 2013, 16:37 Steele Johnson
 
Verno wrote on Sep 25, 2013, 16:02:
Steele Johnson wrote on Sep 25, 2013, 16:00:
I still don't understand the Microsoft hate. I'm starting to be convinced that it's just fashionable Hipster trend to hate MS. Period. The whole Win8 thing is blown way out of proportion.

I know you were just trolling but I didn't even reference Windows 8 in my post. I guess you've forgotten the decade of neglect in terms of software support, half-baked initiatives like GFWL and so on. That's ok, some of us still remember that Microsofts main priority with regards to gaming is the Xbox, not the PC.

As for Windows 8 I am indifferent. It is a very minor upgrade from Windows 7 so I don't "hate" it or something but it doesn't do much to justify an upgrade nor does it seem to entice the masses to keep buying PCs instead of tablets.

I wasn't trolling. PC gamers who constantly blame MS for all their woes are the trolls. GFW didn't affect me at all in any way. I still installed and played all pc games the same way I've been doing it for the past 20 years. I don't know what "and so on" means. Sounds like you're making a lame attempt to make them seem worse, like the lazy Hipster would do. I think you forget that MS provides some of the best development tooling there is when compared to other OS vendors. Trust me, I program on almost all platforms and MS by far (light years) has the best tools for development. How is that neglect to support games and application development? MS can't advocate which platform to use for gaming. Sure, they're in the console business, but they still provide the tools for any game dev to build on Windows. Also, it's not MS's initiative to prevent people from preferring tablets over desktop pcs. That's like saying a washboard vendor should innovate to prevent people from switching to washing machines. Tablets are simply more convenient to the average consumer, that's why they're on that path (in fact, I believe their path is better than both Google and Apple's, but that's another story). I do agree that MS needs to step up their game when it comes to innovation in technology in general, but so doesn't all the other big tech companies. Anyhow, I've opened up the same boring argument again when it's really just a Hipster fashion trend that hopefully will die soon.
 
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