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Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES

This week's CES will feature looks at Steam Machines from various partners in Valve's hardware initiative. Engadget reports a dozen companies have announced plans to show off SteamOS machines at the show: Alienware, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte,, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac, and Scan Computers (thanks Destructoid). On a related note, CyberPowerPC sends along specs for two of their SteamOS-powered machines to give a sense of what to expect:

CYBERPOWERPC Steam Machine will come in several pre-configured options priced from $499 to $699 with the ability customize all models.

Base Price $499 $699
Case CYBERPOWERPC Steam Machine Gaming Chassis
Graphics AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
Processor AMD A6-6400K 3.90 GHz Intel® Core™ i3-4330 3.50 GHz
Storage 500GB SATA-III 7200 RPM HDD
RAM 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory
Chipset mITX motherboard w/ 802.11 WiFi + Bluetooth mITX motherboard w/ 802.11 AC WiFi + Bluetooth
Accessory Steam Controller
OS SteamOS
Availability ETA: 2H 2014

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37. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 7, 2014, 02:03 descender
How many Playstation games does a PS4 run? less than 1/4?
How many XBox games does an XBOne run? Less than 1/3?
Every new SteamOS box will run nearly 30 years of PC games on top of every new PC game for 4, 5 years? Basically the length of a console generation anyway? I have a 4 year old gaming HTPC that still gets 60FPS@1080p with no problems in all current games.

There is nearly no performance difference between moderately priced gaming PC's at all, and software will have to take giant strides forward for that to even be the case. Your SteamBox is not going to suddenly get muscled out performance wise any faster than they did before. If you have to upgrade your SteamBox every 5 years (or more likely, upgrade it slowly by replacing parts and extending it's life even further) how is that any worse than the current way consoles operate? Oh wait, it' not worse... it's way better.

What about purchasing these is overly complicated?

1. Mom walks into store to buy her child a game system with zero prior knowledge.
2. Mom sees XBox, PS4, and 8 different SteamOS boxes on the shelf.
3. XBox and PS4 get ignored while Mom is trying to figure out which SteamBOX would be the best bang for her buck.

All they need is 1 SteamBox on the shelf that matches the price point of the other consoles and they will win this war in a laugh-er.

What you said earlier:
When having to choose between nearly identical things that are hard to differentiate, consumers don't buy. And often go to substitutes.

This is completely wrong and not how consumers work in the slightest. When given choices, singular options get ignored and lost in the shuffle.

With closed systems, lack of backwards compatibility and upgrade-ability, XBone/PS4/etc will slowly become the "Mac"'s of the gaming world. Ask Apple prior to the iPod/iPhone how being "the other option" in PC's was working out for their profit margins.

This comment was edited on Jan 7, 2014, 02:10.
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