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44. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 7, 2014, 14:11 descender
 
First a location will have to actually sell it, do you see Target and Walmart selling steam machines?

Why not?

You used to have to go to a special store to buy Apple products, until they released one that everyone wanted.

There are many factors that will ultimately determine the fate of the SteamBox/OS... Even established veterans can fumble console launches.

Sony's PS4 is currently losing to the XBOne not because of an inferior product, but because of supply problems. Stores are filled to the brim with XBOne's and get new shipments every day (I wonder if they learned that from the Wii launch), while stores are barely sent enough PS4's to actually put one on a shelf.

Nintendo flooded stores and ultimately homes with Wii's, and then completely flubbed the launch of the Wii U with no game library.

There isn't some magic way of doing it all right, but there are plenty of ways of doing it wrong. For Valve, Supply shouldn't be an issue with multiple companies supplying the hardware and game library isn't "really" an issue, as the library of games that Steam runs natively in Linux is already larger than the library of any current generation console can probably ever be.

Those are two pretty big X's avoided, and they haven't even really gotten started yet.
 
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