The lights are on
All sorts of information about Valve’s upcoming Steam Machine remains to be detailed and clarified, but we’re beginning to get a picture of the overall scope and ambition of the plan. Valve will produce its own prototype version of the Steam Machine with a beta beginning later this year, but also open up the ability for its hardware partners to craft their own boxes that run SteamOS.
Early messaging about the Steam Machine focuses on Valve’s goal to make these living room-friendly gaming PCs highly open and upgradeable. Rather than a single box, it appears that gamers will have their pick of different Steam Machines that each have their own specs, presumably within a spread of acceptable ranges.
What do you think about the Steam Machine? Do you have plans to purchase some variation of Valve’s new PC? How does the Steam Machine fit into your decision to get an Xbox One or PlayStation 4?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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I don't have gaming PC so sure I will buy one.
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME PRICES.
No. I'm big fan of Steam and do most of my gaming via the Steam client. I'm also running Ubuntu 13.4,ElementyOS and Windows 8 on my computer, but I don't see the point of playing PC games in my living room. If I wanted to play games in my living room I would buy an Xbox or PlayStation device.
It will be a niche machine for a dedicated few Linux fans that like to remember "sudo apt get" "sudo apt remove" command lines. Also I don't see the Activsion's, Ubi's, Rockstars and EA's of the world supporting an OS that is rumored to be based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
If wanted to support it we would already be getting games from them on Linux and not shoddy ports from indie developers. In my opinion this is Valve's Ouya.
I can't say anything yet... I mean damn the thing was only announced 2 days ago it'd b stupid to take either side onto it. Overall I'll just wait it out and see what they develop.
Obviously it's too early for that kind of decision. I am very interested, but I need to wait and see what kind of specs will be available within my price range. Also, you know, if the things actually work well.
Come on gameinfromer. I know some people are already either on board or not, but this is really REALLY way too early to ask a question like this. Nothing is tangible enough to persuade people truly one way or another. I see more and more posts like this here and good on you for trying to get community discussion going, but this one is a bit far out there in my opinion.
I think this targets people who are mainly console gamers who and don't have a gaming PC. I own a Mac Pro and the selection of steam games isn't that great and I don't want a Windows PC so this interests me. I'd buy a maxed out Steam Machine.
It seems like I may be in the minority, but I'm actually extremely excited to hear what Steam has to offer. I've always been a console gamer, but with the new generation coming up I've actually found myself more and more interested in seeing what I've been missing out on PC. I've been planning to build a gaming rig for myself as a Christmas present, and just wait until the next gen consoles go down in price before picking one of those up. The Steam box would essentially take the difficulties out of building my own PC, which is why thus far, I've been a console guy. Valve appears to me to be trying to make PC gaming more accessible, and I can't see how that could be a bad thing. Furthermore, the possibility of multiple models which maybe can be upgraded in the future? That just sounds awesome to me. Imagine if you could just pop in a top of the line graphics card into your xbox 360. I'm just dreaming out loud, but I think the Steam box is another interesting option for gamers who haven't stepped into the realm of PC gaming for whatever reason, and maybe now they have that excuse.
If they can offer me something where I don't have to worry about changing parts and sweating over settings I don't understand, I'm in. I'm a console gamer who wants Steam but doesn't want to bother learning how to build and maintain a gaming PC.
This would probably be my 'other' console if it offers a real gaming value on top of my PS4. There is a lot of content I would be happy to check out but have no interest in getting a 'gaming' PC. Guess we will have to wait and see what the final product really brings to the table.
I'm really interested in the Steam OS and might consider installing it on my gaming rig. Probably won't buy an actual Steam box right away though, but it's a nice option to have.
I just hope they start allowing pc games to play splitscreen, and that the steam box allows 4 controllers.
Still a nope.
Maybe as an upgrade in the future. I really do prefer a couch to a chair for my gaming.
I can't make a decision at this moment, because I need further details on the steambox before making a decision.
Not at all interested so far but always keep an open mind if it takes off and has great content that I would need it for.