Valve: Steam Machines Will Be "Front And Center" At GDC

"We're planning a very large presence at GDC with Steam Machines being front and center."

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Steam Machines will be "front and center" at the 2015 Game Developers Conference in March. That's according to a Valve representative, who told Game Informer that, after skipping last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company has major plans for this year's GDC.

"We're planning a very large presence at GDC with Steam Machines being front and center," a Valve representative said.

Valve officially revealed its Steam Machines hardware initiative in September 2013, and a number of third-party manufacturers showed off their designs at 2014's CES. Most recently, Origin PC's top executive told GameSpot last week that the term "Steam Machine" no longer means much of anything.

"I think that's kind of pretty much dead," he said of the term Steam Machine. "It's like a living room PC--is now the new term. Living room PCs have been around forever. That's not anything new either. But it seems like there's a legitimate demand and push for living room PCs."

In addition to Steam Machines, Valve may use its GDC 2015 showing to talk more about its brand new operating system, Steam OS, and possibly the unique Steam Controller. The Steam Controller design was recently finalized, according to Origin PC CEO Kevin Wasielewski.

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The business case for these never made sense. Why would you buy a PC constrained to a Linux OS?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You can install Windows on it and you can probably make it so that Steam runs on startup in Big Picture mode.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So buy a PC lol!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So, what the hell is the point of a Steam Machine then?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's a simpler alternative for playing PC on a couch. It works like a console, but it's a PC. Basically, you don't have to worry about the components and you don't have to install anything.

If your PC supports HDMI, you can make the same setup fairly easily, but the point is that Steam Machines are "plug and play" right out of the box.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> .e.g. it's an overpriced form factor without a Windows OEM license - what a bargain! LOL!

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So buy a pre-built PC and simply install Steam on it. Its not that hard. The Fact Steam Machines will only support a handful of (mostly older) games is a problem, and if the "fix" is to install Windows on it, then it becomes completely pointless.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yeah, I guess you're right. SteamOS is kinda pointless. At that point, people are just gonna buy a PS4 or an XBO instead, and those who want a PC in the living room will simply buy a PC and put it in the living room lol.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I do just that

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The cat and potato are right, boot into big picture and you're set, plus it's not exactly hard to set up dual boot.

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At least show us Source 2! Pleeeeease!

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Steam crap lol.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> hurrrrrr durrrrr lol

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Smh

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