The lights are on
The last of Valve's trio of announcements regarding the expansion of Steam has finally landed. The company's thumbstick-less proprietary controller joins the other news about the Steam Machine and SteamOS. Now that you know all about Valve's strategy to infiltrate your living room, are you interested?
The Steam Machine is a gaming-focused PC that comes equipped with Valve's new SteamOS. The Steam Controller is being custom designed to work with the new platform, and offers unique track pad-centric input. The Steam Controller is by far the the most unusual aspect of Valve's new push. With these new revelations in mind, are you interested?
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I don't think there's much of a point in the OS and Steam Machine if you already have a gaming PC. I'm most interested in the controller. If that thing turns out to be as good as they're saying I definitely want one.
I think the controller if nothing else is exciting. Rather than just trying to make a better controller, Valve seems to be taking the approach of refining the controller to compete with the precision of a mouse. While I'm not sure how comfortable it will be and the button layout seems a little odd, it is refreshing to see there are still some new ideas on how gaming hardware can be improved.
While i would be skeptical if this were not coming from valve.
No, Im the kind of player that like to FEEL when i press a button, reason why i cant get that much into my tablet games, so, so far, im not liking it
Not really. I'll definitely have a look at the OS, see what it can do, but as a PC Gamer who already has a lot of games on Steam I don't see why I should care about this. I love Steam though. The controller looks interesting but the placement of the ABXY buttons is something I already know I won't be able to use. Taking my thumb off the left stick/pad to hit X and Y? I don't think so.
I hope there's an under-the-radar announcement of Half Life 3 next week, just to troll everyone who was hoping they'd announce it this week.
I'm interested, not excited. I definitely won't be running out to purchase a Steam Machine at launch. The premise is cool but I still need to see the price and what the benefit of it has over hooking my current PC to a TV and using my Xbox 360 controller.
People who have toasters instead of good gaming PC's should be excited for this. But then again we'll need to see how it stacks up against the PC and consoles that are coming soon.
No, disappointed. I'm a console gamer looking for the simplicity of a console on the pc. I want to just buy a built pc that will just play the pc games without me needing to track down drivers or patches. Even if they were making a variety of models they could still keep the compatibility simple by labeling them. Piston Gold and Silver or something sort of to copy console gens Ps3 vs ps4. Just so you'd aways know at a glance these particular games would always work with your box.
I dubious of the controller. I see no reason I'd use it in games that support controllers. But I loath using the keyboard and mouse. If it really worked and was enjoyable I might use in for games that lack controller support.
SteamOS - yes, definitely :)
Steam Machines - no, I already have a gaming PC
Controller - *** no, I hate touch controls :(
I'm going to say that I'm quite disappointed in Valve's announcements. I feel like this is just going to create a niche environment for gamers. Right now, I can see myself only installing the SteamOS if they release exclusive games for it, which in turn just alienates PC gamers! I don't want to have to install a completely different OS just to play a game.
So, right now, I have no use for an of it. Ten years down the road, if Valve has accumulated enough developers for their open source and they come out with multi-purpose software (I want an OS to do more than just gaming) then I may consider dual booting. I really hope they don't split the PC community. I honestly don't know who this product is aimed for. Everyone I know are either getting PS4 or X1, and have never heard of the SteamBox. I'd need to see more than just games if they want me to install this.
Not excited for it, but I am willing to hear more and see it all in action first, before ruling it out completely.
I'd be more excited if there were, I don't know, some type of game showing off the technology and why I need it. There was no better selling point on analog and camera control than Super Mario 64. Given this is the largest rearrangement of the controller since then they really should've thought of something to show off the wares.
The entire Steam library is not paved with gold. Being able to play the entirety of it using a single controller is not a strong selling point to me, nor would it make me change my mind from upgrading to a PS4.
I still haven't seen anything to make me believe the price will even be competitive with the Xbox One, let alone the PS4.
Not the least bit excited, intrigued maybe. They still have a lot more PR to do not to mention showing what the hardware can actually do. So far I'm only excited for the PS4 release.
I'm disappointed. Seriously why'd they just cram all the face button in the middle? that offers no advantage against it's contemporaries
Don't really see who this appeals to at all.
Dear god WHY!? I was planning on getting this until I saw that controller! I hate trackpads! What is with the obsession over touchscreens and trackpads these days? It hurts my fingers to keep jabbing a flat panel all the time! I want buttons, joysticks, and directional pads to play games with!
It's the same thing with cell phones. I can't remember the last time I saw a decent cell phone with buttons on it! Everything coming out these days uses a touchscreen. I'm not buying that crap!
What a letdown.