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Valve announces over a dozen Steam Machine designs are now in production for
release this year, confirming the list of manufacturers
revealed earlier today
saying systems will start at $499:
Valve, creators of best-selling game
franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and
Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today
announced over one dozen Steam Machine designs now in production from leading
manufacturers and targeted for release in 2014.
The lineup of Steam Machines announced today offers a wide variety of price and
performance options made possible by the Steam Machine's open design, with
systems starting as low as $499 and top end systems rivaling today's bleeding
edge gaming PCs.
Every Steam Machine includes an innovative Steam Controller designed for use
with a wide variety of game genres, and is powered by the SteamOS, a custom OS
built atop Linux.
"The first generation Steam Machines offers something for every gamer, which is
a critical part of extending Steam into the living room," said Gabe Newell of
Valve. "With over 3,000 games and more than 65 million gamers on Steam, it's
important to offer gamers a variety of Steam Machines that allow them to select
what makes the most sense for them."
Announced earlier this year, Steam Machines are new entertainment systems
targeted for use in the living room and leveraging Steam, the popular online
platform for gaming and software with over 65 million accounts worldwide.
The makers of first generation Steam Machines are:
- Digital Storm
- Falcon NW
- Next Spa
- Origin PC
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||Re: Steam Machines Announcement
||Jan 7, 2014, 05:41
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 05:37:
El Pit wrote on Jan 7, 2014, 03:27:The idea is to use these Steam Machines in your living room like they were consoles and access your Steam games, while sitting on the sofa playing on your big screen TV.
This is just my opinion, but plugging a controller into my pc turns my pc into a console. That's what I personally despise: the controller/gamepad. And now even Steam is luring pc gamers into controller usage. No. Keyboard and mouse or bust. Again: this is just my opinion.
Not to replace your gaming PC that has all your peripherals connected.
I don't think you can play every PC game with a controller anyways, and I don't believe the intent with these machines is to phase out the traditional PCs and control methods and replace them with a console like controller.
It is more like having access to your games on as many screens in your home as possible.
I personally think this is awesome. I'd love to sit back on the couch with my kids and play my PC games vs cuddle up in front of my monitor in the office, but that's just me.
The problem is that you can do that already. Build a pc/htpc, get a wireless mouse and keyboard, wireless controller, and still have a fully functional computer. Why use steamOS when its just going to take away options rather then add?