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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 thatís optimized for gaming, for the living room, and for Steam. Of course, itís also completely upgradable and open.

This year weíre 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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90. Re: Steam Machines Announced Sep 26, 2013, 10:51 Beamer
Dmitri_M wrote on Sep 26, 2013, 10:42:
Beamer wrote on Sep 25, 2013, 22:20:
Man, so many people sitting here saying "I'd never use this" or "I already plug my TV in" or whatever.

Duh. This isn't for you. You already spend tons of cash on Steam. This is for people that don't.
Oh bluesnews. The selection of trolls on here don't bother me nearly as much as the keepers of the opinion high ground. Not that I'm specifically aiming that remark at you Beamer. This thread in general.

"Spending tons of cash on Steam", sounds like a great reason to have an opinion on a Steam related product. This being a pc gamer website and users being a little more technically inclined perhaps having used Linux and Windows operating systems means..well some of us might make comparisons. Knowing how to run cables between a TV and a PC..perhaps means some of us will have opinions on whether we'd purchase this or not.

I'd rather see Valve making games. Though I realise they are now better at installing digital ATM machines in my home office. And now living room.

I don't see how it's trolling.
You're [I]already[/I] spending tons of cash on Steam.

There are only a few ways to grow your business. Catering to your most loyal customers is one way, assuming that doing so will get more money out of them. Another way is to get new customers.

Valve isn't expecting SteamOS to get more money out of its most loyal customers, because you're already giving it virtually all of your gaming money. This is instead a play for new customers.

So no, this is not a product aimed at you. It's like Coke buying Aquafina, and Coke fans whining that they're a cola company and who cares about water?

You can argue that my opinion is obnoxious, but sorry, it's basic business 101: you grow by gaining new customers, and here Valve is going after new customers. They really don't care as much about the guy with a PC 3 feet from his TV with regards to this product, because that guy is already spending hundreds a year on Steam.
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