Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Jan 2014 19:56 UTC, submitted by M.Onty
Games

Valve officially showed off the 13 official Steam Machines during its brief CES press event this evening, but it was in the aftermath where we got a closer look at the devices. Below, Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson snapped photos of all the Steam Machine variants in their glorious array of shapes and sizes.

They start at $499, and come in all shapes and sizes.

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RE[4]: Price?
by WorknMan on Wed 8th Jan 2014 02:07 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Price?"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

But with PC hardware, if you can not handle the game on higher settings you can run at low, or you can upgrade parts your machine so it can.


Which is precisely why I buy consoles, so I don't have to worry about that shit. I buy one a few months after launch, and I'm good for 5-6 years. Sure, there are certain trade-offs for this convenience, but really... I'm good with that.

Steam Machines don't appear to be nothing more than off-the-shelf gaming PCs, running a niche desktop OS, that might actually be harder to upgrade than one I build myself. So again, why exactly would I want one?

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RE[5]: Price?
by looncraz on Wed 8th Jan 2014 03:07 in reply to "RE[4]: Price?"
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2005-07-24


Which is precisely why I buy consoles, so I don't have to worry about that shit.


So, you're saying you're too lazy to click "Options", then "Graphics" then select a lower graphic mode? You only have to do it once... and you get a much better gaming experience as a result.

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RE[6]: Price?
by WorknMan on Wed 8th Jan 2014 04:30 in reply to "RE[5]: Price?"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

So, you're saying you're too lazy to click "Options", then "Graphics" then select a lower graphic mode? You only have to do it once... and you get a much better gaming experience as a result.


Yeah, if it were only that easy. I spend enough time having to fight with shitty display driver and fan issues on my current card (GeForce 460), and I don't even play games on it. It seems that AMD nor nVidia know how to make a stable driver anymore.
From now on, I think I'm just going to go with integrated graphics, as I've never had any issues with those, and they usually don't require 200MB drivers just to operate.

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