Submitted by s8anicslayer 272d ago | news

Steam Machines aren't a "threat" to Xbox One, says Harrison - but it's "unclear" what Valve is doing

You might have heard of a little Valve project known as Steam Machines, announced last month - a set of swanky new PCs that are supposedly tailor-made for living room play, created in partnership with various manufacturers and down for release from 2014 onwards. (PC, Phil Harrison, Steam, Xbox One)

Goku781  +   272d ago
Again, the only threat to Xbox One is Xbox One.
MiHX2  +   272d ago
The only threat to you are the teletubbies.
dirigiblebill  +   272d ago
The only threat to my self-esteem is what people say about consoles on the internet.
malokevi  +   272d ago
The only threat to... ah, fug it.
Lalanana  +   272d ago
lol Steam over x one..yea ok
Irishguy95  +   272d ago
Im sure the same was said about Sony and Xboxs systems when they were newly arriving Lalanana
s8anicslayer  +   272d ago
The only threat to the X1 is to tell the consumer you have to take it or there's a 360 for that! Listen to your consumers and give us what we want and you shall bask in success!
TechMech2  +   272d ago
The only threat to ps4 is online multiplayer.
WorldGamer  +   272d ago
So, basically Harrison's thoughts on the Steam Machines are...... http://cdn.memegenerator.ne...

lol. All he can say is maybe.
darthv72  +   272d ago
oh its pretty clear what valve is doing. they are wanting to make big screen "PC" gaming more attainable and standardize the process at the same time.
4logpc  +   272d ago
standardized? How is making a PC that fits under a tv, and uses the same hardware you can pickup from any computer store standardized?
fattyuk  +   272d ago
^^^standardized = more Accessible to people who don't do PC gaming

Im not a PC gamer as I don't have the space/time and knowledge of keeping up with PC gaming.

If steam box is done right and I can stick 1 under my tv with easy updates of new parts then I'm sold.
MiHX2  +   272d ago
It has the SteamOS..PINGASSSS -Dr.Ivo PROMOTIONNNNNNN Robotnik
rainslacker  +   271d ago
MS has underestimated competitors in the past. They have not understood what those competitors did in the past. They often end up having to play catch up to only marginally achieve what their competitors have done in a much shorter time. MS dismissed Apple. They dismissed Google. They dismissed Steam back in the day.

Is Steambox a threat to X1? Probably no more than regular steam is. I find it to be a fairly niche product, but an appealing enough one to make it's way to the mainstream one day. I wouldn't underestimate Valve. They are obviously a company that can methodically achieve what they want, and never seemed hard pressed on time to do so.
MysticStrummer  +   272d ago
If only Valve was as clear on their vision as MS has been since the XB1's reveal.

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Mystogan  +   272d ago
Valve is not doing any better. I don't understand the purpose of the SteamBox yet. I think its just a glorified Miracast Box, Since you have to stream all the windows games and your PC needs to be on for that. And PC's can already connect to your TV. The only thing interesting about all this is their controller.
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DeadlyFire  +   272d ago
Most future titles will likely come to SteamOS in addition to Win/OSX. The biggest key for Valve to get gamers is having all cards in the deck on SteamOS.

Sure streaming other titles sounds odd or bad, but with low latency controller and picture it could workout to be about the same response time as it normally is for a console player considering PS3/X360 controllers were around 300ms and lots of new tech pushes that number down a bit. Considering the latency from your PC to your living room is bound to be really low. Both Microsoft and Sony state they have lower latency this generation. Sony and Nintendo believe in the latency standard enough to push the same remote play functions to PSVita and WiiU gamepad. So its not like Valve is the only one thinking this could work out well.

Valve is also making it easier for PC users to tap into Music, TV, Movie apps like on say a current day PS3/X360 with their OS. So more recognition spreads to those apps and such. Basically making SteamOS into a console store space of its own. Which I believe is their biggest goal to it. Why sell just games? :)
dodo101  +   272d ago
And it's still more clear than what MS is doing.
NatureOfLogic  +   272d ago
I would buy Steam Machines over Xbone any day. MS should feel threaten.
The_HarryEtTubMan  +   272d ago
Same here, and I already built a PC. Nothing could make me buy an Xbone.
Mystogan  +   272d ago
Same here, and I already built a PC. Nothing could make me buy an PlayPonie4.
Mystogan  +   272d ago
I would buy a steam machine over a PS4 any day. Sony should feel threatened.
The_HarryEtTubMan  +   272d ago
Yea, I'm sure Sony and Valve are going to have a horrible time dealing with competition from the Xbone, with it being so popular and everything.

Nobody messes with the almighty Xbone and it's greatest strength.........it's secret weapon......

Kinect 2
thebudgetgamer  +   272d ago
Simple they're taking pc gaming from the desk to under the tv.
Kos-Mos  +   272d ago
I won`t buy this for the sole reason that I think it`s a console for the teens who like to shoot something. Hardcore? Yes, in their fantasies.
ape007  +   272d ago
i know i beat this subject to death but the last thing that MS can do to get back with on track head to head against Sony is introducing a 399$ kinectless X1 SKU while having the 499$ for people who wants kinect, this will guarantee better sales 100%, many people find kinect useless
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MCTJim  +   272d ago
From what I have seen and read up on this steambox is the cost is too far above the average consumers wallet....and people complain about the cost of the X1 and the PS4
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ape007  +   272d ago
not only that but the main point i see steam failing is "Market Saturation", it's almost impossible having 3 big consoles coexists, look at the vita, it's a terrific handheld but failed at sales because of handheld Market saturation (3DS and Mobile gaming)

nothing against streambox, the idea is great but im seeing it failing big time, those who want high end gaming already got a PC (an they're few and outnumbered) and who want a good affordable system have console

so the question is, who will buy steambox??

but i still can't make judgements, things may translate differently in reality than on paper
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MCTJim  +   272d ago
I've already saved and invested in both consoles on day one when they release. I would really have to be razzle dazzled to purchase it as it stands at this point in time
kingduqc  +   272d ago
Price at 500 vs 400+ 350 for online +games much more expensive on console how is it out of reach for consumers?
Somebody  +   272d ago
From what I've read on the Steam Page about Steam Machines is these are the first prototypes. Other types of machines with lower and much more wallet friendly setup will come later on.

It's not really that hard to understand : they are just PCs that are following a set of hardware requirements to ensure consistency. Console fans always said that one of the main reason they don't go into PC gaming is due to the troublesome "million hardware configurations." A Valve certified machine will give confidence to those interested by setting out those guidelines while maintaining the PC's open nature. It's a far cry from the "Intel Inside" days when everyone assumed any PC with that sticker will be able to play games only to be horribly disappointed when that Celeron couldn't do anything.
Linchpin  +   272d ago
It's pretty clear to me... "A Steambox in every living room".
The_KELRaTH  +   272d ago
Steam Machines are more likely a threat to PS4 - XBone has self destruct written all over it:)

Although I currently have a PS4 on pre-order I'm seriously looking at cancelling it and upgrading my PC instead and also look what these Steam Boxes have to offer.
For all the next gen console hype it looks like mostly 720p gaming and still p2p networking (and how can standard Bluetooth devices NOT be compatible at launch!!!)
EXVirtual  +   272d ago
The reason you're thinking that this gen will be mostly 720p is because of BF4. It's the only next-gen game that's not running at 1080p. But FB3 is very un-optimized. So apparently, one launch game from EA out of all companies decides what resolution the PS4 and XBO will play at.
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The_KELRaTH  +   270d ago
I doubt it's that unoptimized and you also have to look at previous trends.
There was no reason that both 360 and PS3 games couldn't all be at 1080p 30/60fps but the majority of publishers decided effects were more important than smoothness and resolution and I'm expecting the next gen consoles to suffer much the same fate.
mrpsychoticstalker  +   272d ago
There will be an xbone in 6 out of 10 households by 2016. Not because of video games but because of all the other experiences Xbox one will offer. No where in the box or actual console it says self destruct. This is just the opinion of many gamers that are still not ready for a change.
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TechMech2  +   272d ago
Xbox one has online multiplayer written all over it. Ps gamers will be amazed by the power of party chat
EXVirtual  +   272d ago
Valve is just putting PC gaming to the living room. They're not completely reaching out to the console crowd, seeing as the price of the Steam Machines will be quite higher than the next gen consoles. MS shouldn't worry per say, but they shouldn't completely shun it.
CocoWolfie  +   272d ago
im sure you cant say 'not a threat' like that, i mean i and probably a lot here will agree youre just trying to boast, especially when valve is trying to take over the place youre are..
MasterCornholio  +   272d ago
It really depends on the price point of these steam machines but I'm guessing but at they will be a lot more expensive than the Xbox One.

Nexus 7 2013
Mr Tretton  +   272d ago
Who cares what Phil Harrison has to say about anything
azshorty2003  +   272d ago
Its also 'unclear' what Microsoft is doing with Xbox One as well.
TechMech2  +   272d ago
Not if you're intelligent.....
dragon82  +   272d ago
To be fair it does change weekly. LOL
StrawberryDiesel420  +   271d ago
Don't under estimate Valve, everything they do is well thought out and I'm sure they have a plan that will be well implemented.

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