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Steam Machines Announcement

Valve announces over a dozen Steam Machine designs are now in production for release this year, confirming the list of manufacturers revealed earlier today, and 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:

  • Alienware
  • Alternate
  • CyberPowerPC
  • Digital Storm
  • Falcon NW
  • GigaByte
  • iBuyPower
  • Maingear
  • Material.net
  • Next Spa
  • Origin PC
  • Scan
  • Webhallen
  • Zotac

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15. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 23:23 DangerDog
 
Fantaz wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 23:04:

Half-Life 3, exclusive to Steam OS. The End.


DOS Days > All

Valve has already said there won't be any exclusives, even if they did try to do HL3 as an exclusive people would play HL3 and then ditch the OS and go back to Windows.

I don't see this as a reason to ditch Windows as a desktop OS and have no interest in PC gaming in the living room.

 
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14. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 23:19 dj LiTh
 
Make a XBMC version for SteamOS and i might take a 2nd look for a HTPC, other then that this is going absolutely nowhere.  
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13. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 23:11 siapnar
 
ViRGE wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 22:33:
Fixed that for you.

There's nothing to gain from PC fragmentation. We're already a minority.
Or it could be a resurgence for PC gaming if people just switch to Steam OS. Better performance (hopefully), less clutter. One can dream
 
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12. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 23:09 bigspender
 
so whats the point of having one of these instead of a real pc with windows?
are there many performance gains to be had?
 
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11. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 23:04 Fantaz
 
siapnar wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 22:24:
Would be cool if some developers made the full switch to Steam OS and left Windows in the dust, for their upcoming games

Half-Life 3, exclusive to Steam OS. The End.

Silicon Avatar wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 22:53:

Seriously.

Some people didn't grow up in the DOS days. Windows and DirectX brought PC gaming to the masses.

DOS Days > All
 
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10. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 22:55 Task
 
Linksil wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 22:22:
Can you still plug a keyboard and mouse into these? If not that's a big pass...

From the Steam Box Faq:


Am I going to be using a mouse and a keyboard in the living-room?
If you want. But Steam and SteamOS work well with gamepads, too. Stay tuned, though - we have some more to say very soon on the topic of input.

And


Can I hack this box? Run another OS? Change the hardware? Install my own software? Use it to build a robot?
Sure.

In other words, you can do whatever you want with a SteamBOX. Perhaps someone knows a friend that doesn't know how to build a PC, you could say "well you could get a SteamBOX and I'll put a different OS on it if you want." Or just buy one and do with it as you wish. The boxes are completely modular - so you can essentially take it out and put different hardware in it.

Here is a picture of a prototype with the cover taken off, you can see an NVidia Card hooked in
 
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9. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 22:53 Silicon Avatar
 
ViRGE wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 22:33:
siapnar wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 22:24:
Would be cool destructive if some developers made the full switch to Steam OS and left Windows in the dust, for their upcoming games
Fixed that for you.

There's nothing to gain from PC fragmentation. We're already a minority.

Seriously.

Some people didn't grow up in the DOS days. Windows and DirectX brought PC gaming to the masses.

 
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8. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 22:33 ViRGE
 
siapnar wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 22:24:
Would be cool destructive if some developers made the full switch to Steam OS and left Windows in the dust, for their upcoming games
Fixed that for you.

There's nothing to gain from PC fragmentation. We're already a minority.
 
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7. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 22:29 Cutter
 
Once I get a new mobo and new RAM my new system is complete and good to go for several years. And I already have a wireless controller for the few games that need it, so why would I want one of these? Can you work on it? Home entertainment system? My PC does those things already. So this is just another e-Machine with a console controller? Really not getting this.

 
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6. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 22:24 siapnar
 
Would be cool if some developers made the full switch to Steam OS and left Windows in the dust, for their upcoming games  
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5. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 22:22 Linksil
 
Can you still plug a keyboard and mouse into these? If not that's a big pass...  
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4. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 22:03 Bucky
 
As soon as they give me the OS in a more polished state and sell me the controllers, I'll build my own box. Well, maybe not right away. I'll probably just drop the SteamOS on my gaming rig, plug in the controllers and see how it works before I build another system.  
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3. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 21:54 Fantaz
 
the Alienware one looks like an actual console, but the rest look like they're just in computer cases  
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2. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 21:29 harlock
 
they should try to get GTA 5 as Steam OS exclusive
 
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1. Re: Steam Machines Announcement Jan 6, 2014, 20:54 Redmask
 
I'll buy one of these on the condition that Valve releases a third entry of something, anything that they make. Wallet is safe.  
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