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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, Materiel.net, 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.

CYBERPOWERPC Steam Machine A CYBERPOWERPC Steam Machine I
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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54. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 8, 2014, 13:56 Verno
 
They break records everywhere (including the contested markets you keep going on about) and you see nothing but problems. I give up on the sales stuff dude, you're off your rocker there

In terms of the Steam pad, I think you're assuming too much in terms of the market and users shifting to suit it but I guess time will tell. I haven't used one personally so I don't feel like arguing for pages about it, I do however see it easily being a sticking point for many users.

Reguarding exclusivity I think you miss my point, no one goes to the store and says "Man i really want to buy a gaming system that only runs 1/3 of the software in this store". Going there to buy halo or other exclusive software is a problem they created in the first place, if it goes away you don't think consumers would be happier?

Of course people would be happy being able to run everything but no platform does so people instead choose based on the games that appeal to them.
 
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