Steam Machines Breakdown - CES 2014
Peter and Justin break down their impressions of the Steam Machines and discuss the future of these unique devices.
So more expensive and less optimized than a console and doesnt have the customization of a PC. Amazing business plan
I'm sorry but that's just stupid. I have a killer pc already hooked up to my tv and I don't care for a smaller weaker version of what I already have. Are these steam machines gonna have a blu-ray player? What about a good sound card? My pc has both and I'm not downgrading my gaming experience. BS on steam and valve's part. Go for the console market with more powerful machines than ps4 and xbone for an affordable price.
All I care about is the controller - and hoping it makes its way over to consoles. The haptic pads are an approach that I've always wanted to try, because a stick for the look/camera function is flawed by nature.
And? Was there a point to that comment? I am rather certain you can install any OS you want short of OSX
"Have questions about Steam Machines?" Yes, i do! If Alienware could fail harder, would it be merging wtih M$ to make an advanced XBox1 or would it be making a Stream Machine... dammit... nvm... question was answered.
Targeting PC gamers with these is stupid. I already hook up my PC to my television and play controller optimized games with my Power A 360 controller. A lot of my friends do the same thing. The only thing new here for us is a controller which may or may not work well. If Steam wants these machines to be successful (which, honestly, I'd like to see) they need to target the console gamers.
Valve wants to be the next Windows. Me personally? I would walk into a electronics store, tell them to look at my computer and recommend a CPU & Graphics Card, because that's all I really care about, they'll educate me, and then I'll buy the parts there or online after I look it up and do the math, and try to install it myself or get a friend to help me with it. Done, just saved tons of cash. The Steambox is for people who don't want to do that, even though you don't have to be a tech genius, I'm not. But today more people are becoming tech savy, the market for this Steambox is not looking good. I have a PS4, because its controller/tv gaming done right, perfected over many years. Sony also makes good electronics. And PS4 has many games that aren't for out for PC. So if a gamer wants to get the most for their buck, you have a custom PC $500, a PS4 $400, and maybe a Vita for when your girlfriend is watching Duck Dynasty for $200. $1100 bucks gets you a PC/PS4/Vita. I wonder what the price is for Steambox...
If you don't understand the point of Steam Machines, they're probably not for you. Steam made PC gaming simple for people like myself, who are primarily console gamers. I bought my PC with no intentions of gaming, but I play games because of Steam.
I don't need a new PC yet, but if I want to keep gaming on Steam in the future, I either need to upgrade my PC or I could simply buy a machine that is specifically made for Steam. There is a market for Steam Machines. You can easily tell, because a bunch of companies are currently making them.
cheaper? $600? smaller? the size of a frigobar? im totally lost. so, for $1500 that's more than enough for a gaming pc, and the cheaper versions can't compete with a 400 console! so mostly, it's just an overpriced pc with proprietary os problems. the more I read about steamboxes, the more I love my ps4. even without games. (btw, "don't starve" IS great.)
@JustinHaywald Broken Age BACKER! WOOT!
Sometimes I feel like I get what the Steam machines are about, but sometimes I'm more like: "Wtf are Valve thinking?". I dunno, it's just such a loose concept that seems to target a very small niche of consumers.
so a steambox...is it cross platform for pc games? Like..can I play quake 4 on my steambox while friend plays quake 4 on gaming pc?
From brilliant and innovative to stupid and redundant in one week... letting nearly 15 boxes hold the title of "steam machine" and the prices has just doomed this device... Is what I'd like to say but the ipad was a stupid and redundant device also and look how that turned out...
I'm callin it now, steam machines are next big FLOP! There is no real market and these guys are fans and as they talk you can see them start to realize that
I used to think that Steam Machines are pointless because you can just connect your PC to a TV through HDMI and play in 1080p using a wireless controller. That's what I have been doing for five years. But there will always be noobs who don't know how to do that and will buy one more device. What can I say? Let them eat cake (no pun intended).
What a load of bollocks. PC gamers want to build their own system, not one that was assembled for them.
And yes I use a gamepad for some games, dam right, if it's better then I use it, like driving games or assassins creed etc, all down to personal preference in the end.
Pc gaming isn't just about modding and real gamers dont pirate games because it means more companies will not make good PC games, for me it's about the much bigger maps, more players, better graphics if possible and the decent mods available that improve gameplay by adding new levels and units. I love all machines like a true gamer does. Some folks are just spaz about the whole issue.
So it isn't trying to appeal to console gamers. Fine but surely PC gamers already have a gaming PC. Why would they want a steam machine? Seems very pointless to me
So...it's a pc, that's not as good as a pc, but costs more than a pc you can build yourself for a few hundred bucks, what?...
Man this generation of gaming is really REALLY a big let down
Will Valve approach console game developers to work on PC/Mac/Linux? the only way this thing will be successful is if it has a solid launch lineup, and so far, and Linux has a godawful library outside Valve titles.
@grove12345 It does have the customization of a PC. It is a PC.
@PS2fweak i understand that work and play shouldn't mix. consoles for life!
@philippnovikov the cake is a lie :(
@SpookyJack Totally agree. This product seems destined for failure in my eyes