GameSpot Breaking News - Steam Machines

Valve reveals Steam Machines, a new hardware initiative to get powerful living room hardware running SteamOS. Is this the future of gaming?

Discussion

38 comments
jawman94
jawman94

I'm willing to bet that HL3 will be the primary launch title.

grove12345
grove12345

So a piece of hardware where all games arent developed to optimize under one set of specs and you might have to upgrade the hardware....sounds nothing like a console to me.

boixwunder
boixwunder

I love Steam, but no thanks on the SteamOS box thingy. I hope it is successful and brings PC gaming into the living rooms of many naysayers, but it is not for me.  Big picture mode is cool though and I like using it on my living room PC that is my light gaming machine for games that I would rather play on a game pad.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

If they can give me a box with "things" inside it that can do magix and make games appear on my TV without me messing around that offer PC levels of performance at a competitive price, I'll be happy to consider it.

Otherwise I can't see much reason to not just use the platforms I have now or the next gen consoles whenever I get one.

Iezis
Iezis

cool, new counsel.... but I still got my PC!!!

Revl8n
Revl8n

Great idea IF they can deliver on game availibity on Linux platform.

simo_tmm
simo_tmm

PCs are getting more consolized, consoles are getting more PC-ized. At the end of the day it feels like we are buying the same product with different logo on it. For me it makes more sense if Valve concentrate on the software (Steam OS) alone.

couly
couly

I just hook up my PC to my TV with a Controller. Not interested in bringing it anywhere.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Seems like they want to bring the same characteristic consoles have when it comes to a dedicated platform that can get a lot more from it's hardware before requiring an update.

It's a good idea, but not sure how console haters will take it, this pretty much smashes their "Your hardware is obsolete" ignorant argument they love so much.

For the time being I'll stick to my everyday PC, thanks.

PSYCLOWN185
PSYCLOWN185

i feel like price is going to determine how relevant these steam boxes will be 

devastator1991
devastator1991

I hope they don't go bankrupt when this fails and I lose all my games on steam. :/

dogman12602
dogman12602

The only thing that interest me about this is the fact that you can do wireless streaming to your tv. And like magicalclick said below, if you can install windows on it, I wonder if you would be able to just stream to  a laptop that already has steam installed on it and just use big picture mode? And I don't know what they are talking about with the xbox controller. You can buy a wireless xbox 360 controller that comes with wireless adapter for your pc. It works just as it would for the 360. In fact, you can even switch it between your pc and xbox 360. All you have to do is re-sinc it which takes all of 3 seconds. I believe you can even buy the wireless adapter for the pc if you already own a 360 controller. just make sure you get the one made by microsoft and not a knock off brand.

magicalclick
magicalclick

Yet another OUYA. Customize hardware = too small and too painful. Customize OS, might as well get Ubuntu. Install Windows, might as well get a tiny Dell. I am sure a lot of people are excited for this, but, I will build my own mid-tower PC with specific GPU, RAM, and Crucial SSD. There is a lot of shady SSD out there or too expensive. I don't trust Steam Box to come with SSD of my choice of brand and storage size.

CWEBB04z
CWEBB04z

This sounds pretty cool!

Tevarius
Tevarius

Hah! You totally called this, Peter. I remember the episode of Quoted for Truth, when you predicted almost this exact thing. Nice. It looks like it could be interesting. Ideally it could be kinda a media center/console. We'll just have to see.

pezzott1
pezzott1

Seems like this will be the future of gaming, micro pc at  a affordable price sold as consoles with changable hardware. 

I hope it is, this way we wont have the hardware constraint for 10 more years. 

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

O_o xbox wired controller ?

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I don't think it is the future of gaming. I think it will stumble at similar hurdles that are holding PC back currently.

The reason consoles are so popular is because they are convenient. Most people can gloss over less graphics (or just go into denial) if it means they don't have to mess around building it when it arrives. No need to check which components you will need, you go to a shop, give them some money, they give you a box with a console in it and you go home and plug it in.

If I buy all of the components of a PC and put them all together you still need to install the operating system. That kind of says it all really.

That and because no one person has exactly the same PC (unless they bought it pre-assembled naturally), there is a strong chance you will still need to troubleshoot some games because they don't work when you've downloaded them because it clashed with some random update from two years ago or some crap.

At the moment a lot of PC games don't have controller support, but that can be easily fixed.

Considering these it is hard to see why anyone would choose to do this over just buying a console. The graphics aren't good enough in my opinion to make this worth it.

But at least the games are pretty cheap, and some of the game do look very nice. But will people care enough to make the switch?

smirvane
smirvane

HALF LIFE 3 PLEASE ...............................................

TheFourteen
TheFourteen

A controller prototype is already mentioned in the terms of service for the beta program.

Demonkillua
Demonkillua

"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" - Steam Offical website. I think a controller may be right.

turretx7
turretx7

meh I'll stick to the ps4

red_city
red_city

@grove12345 It sounds like a PC... because it is.

rarcangel84
rarcangel84

@Dannystaples14 I wouldn't completely agree, if you are into PC gaming you know all the bits and nicks of how to update your computer parts and so updates (drivers) and so on, I personally do not see it a hassle to go buy computer part and tinkle with them I find it enjoyable to have that kind of control of customization that only building a pc gives you, and to the computer being unique... "most" computers either run Windows or Mac (even though is not known to play many games) for OS so is fairly equal. to what steam is doing I don't see nothing knew as for me I have had my computer connected to my 46" HDTV for about 6 years now so I already play games on a big screen and watch movies and everything else on my computer, but I guess not many people have that type of setup.

hystavito
hystavito

@Dannystaples14 Most of what you said is what companies will try to address with standardized Steam boxes.  They will come pre-configured, with a controller, etc.  Only time will tell, but I think it's possible for this mix of PC openness and Valve backed standardization to become the future dominant platform for games.

goggles123456
goggles123456

@smirvane Seriously.  If they announced that, the internet would break from the ensuing comments.

ESB
ESB

@turretx7 lol speaking of uninformed decisions...

The frigging thing is not even out yet, we don't even know the specs...

Iezis
Iezis

@KennyKB @Iezis damn, always get those mixed up :@ you got me this time, but i will be back...

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@hystavito I do hope so. That for me fills me with a little dread though because a lot of companies will make you pay for their label and for their effort to give you a standardised box. Meaning the prices will go up. A good CPU is expensive full stop, even before you pay for the labour to put the box together.

I mean if you are only buying next gen console levels of components anyway I don't understand why you would buy the Steam Box as opposed to the tried and tested consoles. The living room competition here will probably drive the digital prices on consoles down anyway. So expense of games probably won't be a factor in time.

And I'll take an 360 controller over anything I've held before. Something tells me Microsoft won't let SteamOS have the rights to the 360 drivers. But I could be wrong.

turretx7
turretx7

@ESB @turretx7 it's not that, it's just that im into old fashionable gaming consoles. If I want to tweak anything i'll just use my computer.