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[6]: Price?
by WorknMan on Wed 8th Jan 2014 04:30 UTC 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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RE[7]: Price?
by plague on Wed 8th Jan 2014 23:55 in reply to "RE[6]: Price?"
plague Member since:
2006-05-08

And you're seriously thinking you will have to fiddle with graphics settings on a Steam Machine?
They will most certainly autoconfigure the games graphics settings to run the best on that machine.

Hell, even on regular PC it's getting more and more automatic, as both game developers and nVidia are developing tools to detect the optimum settings.

If you are happy with playing on a lower quality graphics level on your console of choice, why wouldn't you be happy with the same on a Steam Machine?

Keep in mind that if you happen to want to replace your Steam Machine with a better one, or upgrade the one you have, your existing game will then run on a higher quality graphics level, automagically.
You cannot accomplish the same on any other console.
You cannot upgrade your existing console, even if you wanted and if you buy the next generation console, your existing game won't run at all on that machine.

How is that in any way, shape or form better?

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RE[8]: Price?
by ilovebeer on Thu 9th Jan 2014 05:34 in reply to "RE[7]: Price?"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

First, you need understand that a "Steam Machine" is nothing more than a pre-built pc with Steam OS installed on it instead of Windows. There's absolutely nothing special about a "Steam Machine".

Next, pc's with Steam OS installed are not consoles, they are pc's with Steam OS installed.

Also, console gamers don't wish their consoles were more like pc's. They don't want to worry about swapping out pc components and dealing with varying degrees of game quality depending on what components you're using.

What Valve is trying to accomplish is not getting into the console gaming market, it's trying to convert Windows gaming into Linux gaming. Valve basically want's to kick Microsoft/Windows in the balls and ride off into the sunset with its girlfriend.

As a pc gamer, installing Steam OS offers me nothing I don't already have with Windows. As a console gamer, installing Steam OS doesn't get me the blockbusters & exclusive titles I enjoy. So, for me personally, there's zero incentive to use Steam OS either on my existing pc or by purchasing another pc and putting it on that. I don't anticipate that's going to change unless Steam OS manages to get must-have exclusives. For that I'm not holding my breath. I don't claim to know what the future holds for Steam OS, BUT I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for it/Linux gaming to become the new hotness.

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