Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Jan 2014 23:05 UTC
Games

Polygon:

A Steam Machine is a PC that can do fewer things, and run fewer games, than the system you have in your home right now.

That's the marketing challenge that’s in front of Valve and its partners, and the fact that Valve had a rare CES press conference was interesting, but there were precious few details about what the platform adds to the world of gaming.

The cold and harsh reality is that six of the top ten games on Steam run on Linux/SteamOS - and with Steam having such a huge base of active subscribers, that's a lot of users covered with just those six games. On top of that, there's almost 300 more Linux games on Steam. In the meantime, the PS4 and Xbox One combined have like 10 games, most of which are available on the Xbox 360/PS3 as well, and the remainder are rushed titles nobody gives two rat's asses about.

The Xbox One and PS4 are sold not on what they offer now, but on what they will offer in the future. I see absolutely no reason why Steam Machines ought to be treated any differently.

Reality check: right now, spending $499 on a Steam Machine gets you access to a lot more games and a lot more functionality than the Xbox One and PS4 offer combined. Of course, a Windows PC will offer even more games (not functionality, Linux has that covered just fine) - but that applies just as well to any console.

I've been baffled these past few days about the attitude of the gaming press towards Steam Machines. The gaming press' reviews of the new consoles was full of "just you wait until the actually good games arrive!/new functionality is added, but here's a 9/10 anyway on that promise!", but for some reason, the same sloppy reviewing is not applied to Steam Machines.

There's a word for that.

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This isn't a review
by jared_wilkes on Tue 7th Jan 2014 23:55 UTC
jared_wilkes
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2011-04-25

This isn't a review of a Steam Machine. This is Ben Kuchera editorializing what he perceives the Steam strategy to be and how they are trying to get out that message and why he sees that as problematic. He even, quite evenhandedly, makes several of the observations that you do.

Maybe you are just being whiny because you want others to be as gaga for Steam as you are?

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RE: This isn't a review
by rjamorim on Wed 8th Jan 2014 00:47 in reply to "This isn't a review"
rjamorim Member since:
2005-12-05

Maybe you are just being whiny because you want others to be as gaga for Steam as you are?


This

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RE: This isn't a review
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 8th Jan 2014 00:54 in reply to "This isn't a review"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Maybe you are just being whiny because you want others to be as gaga for Steam as you are?


Ah, biased in favour of Steam. I can add that one to the endless list of companies, platforms, operating systems, software, people, etc. I'm both in favour of and against at the exact same time. I'm a marvel of nature, that I am!

Very astute observation, my kind sir!

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RE[2]: This isn't a review
by rjamorim on Wed 8th Jan 2014 00:59 in reply to "RE: This isn't a review"
rjamorim Member since:
2005-12-05

Ah, biased in favour of Steam. I can add that one to the endless list of companies, platforms, operating systems, software, people, etc. I'm both in favour of and against at the exact same time. I'm a marvel of nature, that I am!

Very astute observation, my kind sir!


Congratulations! You have finally figured out you're incoherent (like most of us, really)

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RE[2]: This isn't a review
by Drumhellar on Wed 8th Jan 2014 01:43 in reply to "RE: This isn't a review"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Why, you're a modern day Peter Sellers!

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RE[2]: This isn't a review
by Bobthearch on Wed 8th Jan 2014 03:26 in reply to "RE: This isn't a review"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

I can add that one to the endless list of companies, platforms, operating systems, software, people, etc. I'm both in favour of and against at the exact same time.


And this is a surprise, considering the personal commentary that's added to each posted news item?

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