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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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52. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 8, 2014, 13:08 Verno
descender wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 12:57:
Point was they only outsold MS in the US by 200k units with an entire extra week of sales, WHILE dealing with low supply issues.
They should be vastly outselling MS at this point, but their wider launch has not actually allowed that to happen. They had a chance to stand on MS's head and bury them and they didn't capitalize on that. Outselling MS in uncontested markets is not impressive to me.

Uh yes it has, they outsold them widely by 1.1 million consoles. No one delivers a knock out punch at launch but it's still the fastest selling console in the history of gaming right now. They haven't even launched in Japan yet. The US is a Microsoft stronghold so the fact that they outsold them at all is pretty remarkable. The majority of console sales don't happen at launch anyway. Whether any of this impresses you or not, your initial comment said Sony was "losing" and I was just pointing out that is totally incorrect.

I don't really think software exclusivity is a reason that people buy consoles, but a result of the lack of choice they are given.

Of course it is, buying exclusive software is one of the primary purchase motivators. People have a ton of choice, there are several different gaming platforms now and thats without going into mobiles and other stuff.

I am still on the fence about the controller reception, every review I've read so far about someone holding or using the thing was written by some mope that obviously doesn't spend much time gaming in a serious fashion.

You don't take one look at that thing and recognize the problem with the face buttons? You need to take your hands off not just one side like with a traditional analog setup but both sides to potentially hit multiple face buttons. There is no resistance for movement like a traditional analog input on the left, that is going to be something many people hate. I think a smarter approach here would have been an analog stick on the left for movement and a pad on the right for aiming. The face button placement really needs to move somewhere else too.

I do a lot of gaming and I will definitely try it before passing judgment but I can see problem areas already.
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