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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, 13:41
|Steam originally launched as a requirement to upgrade to CS1.6 in 2002, although you didn't have to have it running to play you needed it to get the updates. You actually shouldn't have been running it yet, because this initial release was a resource hog.
In 2004, Half-Life 2 was the first game to require steam be running to install/play it. This was the first time Steam actually turned a profit, but the system was not widely adopted outside of HL2/CS fans. Granted, they were the largest online community.
Steam as you know it did not become popular until 2007, when the larger publishers started releasing their games on steam. That coupled with the release of "Orange Box" were the actual reasons most PC gamers finally moved over to steam.
HL2 had little to do with turning it into the monstrosity it is today, but it was obviously the first step.
This comment was edited on Jan 7, 2014, 14:00.
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