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All of these companies are making Steam Machines, claims report
All of these companies are making Steam Machines, claims report
January 6, 2014 | By Mike Rose

January 6, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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When Valve announced its Steam Machine living room hardware movement last year, the idea was that third-party manufacturers would be able to build their own Steam Machines, complete with the Linux-based SteamOS.

While we've only seen a couple of examples of companies who are working on Steam Machines up to now, Engadget now reports that it has access to a list of around a dozen companies who are working on Steam Machines.

Alienware, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac and Scan Computers are the first companies building Steam Machines, says the report, and these partners are set to be announced in full later this week.

Of course, there may well be more companies working on Steam Machines outside of this list, or at least considering the idea. 2014 may prove to be the year our living rooms become a Steam Machine battleground.


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Aaron Brande
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So.... build PC's you were going to anyway, preload SteamOS instead of Windows, slap a "Steam Machines" sticker on it and wait for the cash to come in?

Luis Guimaraes
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I believe "Steam Machine" is a seal of approvel given by Valve after they test your prototype and it passes all the tests. Who knows if them machines increase hardware sales enoguh that manufacturers of the most expensive parts see a valuable business model in selling hardware instead of research, specially now that they went so ahead of the needs and prices curve and x86 consoles will standardize hardware for years to come.

Anyway, as a customer I only want that controller.

Carter Gabriel
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That's the business plan of the Steam machine this entire time.

"Take something that already exists that never changed things in the first place but has existed for over a decade... Rebrand it, and then rely on blind fanboys to purchase something they don't need and already have, for a higher price, so they can play almost no games that are available for Linux."

The only thing that can prevent the SteamBox's obvious massive failure, would be an even bigger massive failure on the part of the brain of consumers.

The "SteamBox" has been around without the valve sticker ever since the term "HTPC" came into existence. And no, the HTPC didn't revolutionize the living room.

Valve has gotten so big headed and blind to reality due to their lucky success of Steam, that they literally think the Steam Box is an innovative, revolutionary, ingenius idea.

Once it fails horrendously, they will turn tail and run away back to making two games a decade until an actual competition to Steam emerges and puts them out of business. As of today, most attempts at competition with Steam were steps BACKWARDS in quality. That is strange to me, as Steam itself isn't all that high quality of software. In fact, it's pretty simple. Of course, leave it to big companies like EA to release something worse than a very basic GUI interface that is hard to make worse. Go Origin! -_-

Hopefully one day, something like GoG will emerge as the winner, putting the horrendous Steam DRM to death along with their monopoly on gaming as competitors to something like GoG emerge, boasting "No DRM! No Steam!" along with competitive prices.

Freek Hoekstra
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well I wonder whether your doomsday scenario works...
if it does chapeau, if not you are the new village idiot...

valve is trying something new, namely gaming on Linux.
moving away from Windows, trying to get PC's to work well with TV's
an innovative controller and further marketing their distribution platform..

also the steam machines I've seen so far, are Fast PC's in a small case..
something (stupidly) very few companies have built for some reason.
I've wanted this for a long time and it was hard to get cases taht support this.

basically it's a pc that's true but the ecosystem is different.
and you know, it might just work, if it doesn't fine. if it does Valve suddenly owns the entire PC market. and potentially owns a successfull OS and distribution platform..

lose lose a dime
win win a million dollars, I'd take that gameble any day. even with fairly low odds.

the one bad thing that could happen is if it tarnishes their reputation, but in that case they'll spin it as an attempt to get away from Miicrosofts oppression, which was unfortunately unsuccesful but would ahve been so great if it had worked, and they undoubtedly could get a reputation boost from it.

SD Marlow
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Something that gets left-out of the PC in the living room debate is the monitor, er, television screen. Does the average Wal-Mart screen support greater than 60Hz refresh? Does anything over 30Hz look washed out or have ghosting issues? Do any of these Steam Machines include wireless keyboards?

I guess I still don't get the idea of PC gaming in the living room (as millions of console buyers would seem to agree with). The lack of a market for such systems has nothing to do with the OS.

Freek Hoekstra
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almost all screens do, some have input lag (actually usually the more expensive models as they do stuff that interpolates change, for which you need the previous and the next frame so you're always an extra frame behind)

still if it works for a console it works for a pc just fine as well.


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