The lights are on
Valve has just revealed new details about the specs for the prototype Steam Machines. These beta devices are decked out with some pretty powerful innards.
Valve will be shipping out 300 prototypes with the following specifications:
A cursory check on Newegg.com reveals that the video cards start as low as $200 with the GTX660, but go up as high as about $1,000 for the Titan. The i3 is about $110, the i5-4570 is about $200, and the i7-4770 is about $300.
Assuming that the top video cards are paired with the top processors, the price range for the Steam Machines specified above are about $610 to $1,600 before the cost of the case. The mid-range model (assuming an i5 paired with the two middle tier graphics cards) would be between $750 - $1,250.
"In the future we'll talk about how Steam will help customers understand the differences between machines, hardware strengths and weaknesses, and upgrade decisions," a post on Valve's Steam website states.
Our TakeI'm interested to see how Valve approaches communicating the benefits and differences in the different machines to those gamers that aren't currently embedded in PC gaming. I'm also confused by some of the other statements in the post, specifically the part in which Valve says that the prototypes are not meant to replace high-end gaming PCs.
I understand that gamers who already have great rigs might want to use a Steam Machine for streaming, but if a machine with a Titan and i7-4770 isn't meant to rival a gaming PC, then what exactly is the hook?
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Maybe they just mean the PROTOTYPE isn't meant to rival high end rigs because its just a prototype broham.
Without any exclusive/killer app kind of games, I don't see this taking off. All it has going for it in my eyes is the name (aka Valve). All of the other things like the controller and the potential price point are 50/50 to a lot of people right now.
I mean, seriously, a lot of people barely have money to spend on a couple of games a year, let alone a $600-$1600 machine that's dedicated to PC gaming that can be gotten just by upgrading their PC for a smaller fee, if that's ever a route for them.
There just aren't enough people in this niche audience to make this a worthwhile endeavor to dedicate so many resources to in my opinion. You're literally only talking to a small group of PC or potential PC gamers that have enough money to spend on one of these, that's willing to let this compete with most likely an XB1 or PS4 already in their home, most likely already at their TV. Then you have to sell them on the fact that, if their playing on their TV on their couch or recliner, that you want them to replace their mouse and keyboard (what the games are made for) with a brand new touch-based controller.
Just not enough to me to see them getting any real sales. They'll get the initial hard-core PC people and the group that wanted to get into PC gaming with a lot of extra money on hand, but that's about it imo. Everyone else is going to be on their consoles or already owned PC.
Maybe ill be one of the lucky 300.......gotta stay positive right? I dont even care which one i would get just a chance to be in the beta is all i want.
"TWO SLI TITANS"-Totalbiscuit 2013
That's the industry for us. Confusing.
If it was cheap enough, I might consider getting one, but I don't see the overall appeal compared to a standard gaming machine.
enough money to build your own pc :O
SteamOS is what I am looking forward to more than anything else.