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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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49. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 7, 2014, 15:26 descender
I agree with what you are saying.

The underlying structure to have games developed directly for it was basically what I meant as Valve/Steam needing a stable platform. Valve has won over indie developers everywhere, and I imagine supporting SteamOS natively will be a huge selling point going forward for those who wish to sell things on Steam. These same people are all tomorrows big-game developers, programmers, project managers and CEO's. What I meant as an environment is like you said, that Steam already handles distribution and social aspects of Windows and Linux games. How long will it be before Steam adds Android or iPhone games to that list? I would argue that handling the distribution is a better first step than most, and the one that MS and Sony made advances on last generation, and are now trying to lock down completely.

Aside... I didn't mean to blame MS directly, Sony shares in this blame as does Nintendo to a degree. Their decisions to continually release closed game systems rather than unifying software under one language is the main problem. This redirects focus from "let's program to the limits of current technology, then scale it back for everyone else" to "let's see what we can squeeze out of this same piece of hardware for 8 years" and definitely stalls advances in graphics, gameplay, control, peripherals... you name it.

DirectX is and should have been the great unifier of gaming. Both new consoles run it and I see it as SteamOS's greatest hurdle. If Valve accomplishes nothing here but forcing MS and Sony to open their systems up and get rid of software exclusivity... then we are all winners.

Edit: Verno, those are global sales numbers where PS4 is available in something like 2 or 3 times the number of countries The gap is considerably closer in the US and I believe they only passed MS in the last week of the year (while also having an extra week on the market). At the least they could be selling many more, and more likely they should probably be crushing MS right now.

This comment was edited on Jan 7, 2014, 15:45.
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