Steam Machines Breakdown - CES 2014

Peter and Justin break down their impressions of the Steam Machines and discuss the future of these unique devices.

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68 comments
emerin76
emerin76

Im not sure what everyone is expecting.

grove12345
grove12345

So more expensive and less optimized than a console and doesnt have the customization of a PC. Amazing business plan

bigruss51
bigruss51

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.

Lee Bailey
Lee Bailey

Not necessarily, just because we might find it easy to build a pc doesn't mean every one else does.

Craig Curran
Craig Curran

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.

Syafiq Sazali
Syafiq Sazali

I'm just a kid dammit. lol I'm not making any points.

Justin Roane
Justin Roane

And? Was there a point to that comment? I am rather certain you can install any OS you want short of OSX

Vydia Bhaene
Vydia Bhaene

"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.

Damion Anderson
Damion Anderson

what the hell its that a computer console? damn that look good

wEEman33
wEEman33

DON'T YOU DARE MESS WITH MY STEAM MACHINE

IT'S LONG

AND SLICK AND OLIVE GREEN

ManfromRedRiver
ManfromRedRiver

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.

Erick Liu
Erick Liu

Playstation fanboys be like... ooo my goddd.... it totaly looks like a vcr.... right?

rikomi_sapota
rikomi_sapota

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...

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

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. 



wowwow27
wowwow27

now isn't the time, they need to wait till midway through the ps4 life cycle (whats an xbone?).  

wowwow27
wowwow27

derrrrr,.... build a computer, nahhhh,.... too lazy. 

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

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.)

AutoBarn
AutoBarn

Unfortunate choice of words in that headline.

Sushiglutton
Sushiglutton

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.

Ford_Cruller
Ford_Cruller

Way to rock the Adventure Backer shirt Justin.

Viva la Doublefine!

John Connor
John Connor

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?

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

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... 

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

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

philippnovikov
philippnovikov

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).

SpookyJack
SpookyJack

What a load of bollocks. PC gamers want to build their own system, not one that was assembled for them.

Neil Matthews
Neil Matthews

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.

Neil Matthews
Neil Matthews

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.

PS4andXoneGamer
PS4andXoneGamer

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

Jedi4ce28
Jedi4ce28

  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

Cirno Yousei
Cirno Yousei

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.

Scott Melton
Scott Melton

Is it me or are these just glorified pc's with very large limitations??

Rheinmetal
Rheinmetal

World of Tanks. That's what is important. At least for GameSpot financial department.

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

well my pc is right next to my tv already..soooooo

wowwow27
wowwow27

@PS2fweak i understand that work and play shouldn't mix.  consoles for life!

ManfromRedRiver
ManfromRedRiver

A steambox is a pc built specifically for gaming. So yes.