Battlefield 4 Creative Director: "Steam Machines are healthy for the console market"

Gustavsson believes that these new products from Valve will open up the market to explore new and better ways of consuming games.

"Basically for different ways of accessing customers and giving them possibilities of play, I think it is super exciting...

The only thing I know is that from five or ten years from now gaming and especially how you consume it won't look like it does today. I do think with streaming services and new input devices and so on, it wouldn't surprise me if there is less need of hardware and more on demand gaming experience."

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AceBlazer131656d ago

does it matter since devs like these hold back games for parity? thank god for mods and exclusives

Hufandpuf1656d ago

More competition fuels innovation.

Kingthrash3601656d ago (Edited 1656d ago )

i just want to know prices...then i will know if its a console or a small but powerful pc. anything over a grand isnt a console imo.

@pandamobile just going off what the title says^^^

Pandamobile1656d ago

SteamMachines are not consoles.

MidnytRain1656d ago

I still don't understand the appeal of these things.

Pandamobile1656d ago

I don't see how you don't see. Competition is good. If Valve comes out and make a comparable or better device and service than the PS4 or One, that forces Sony and MS to innovate as well.

admiralvic1656d ago

In theory, yes, but not in practice. Simply being better doesn't instantly mean that companies will follow suit or that it will be remotely successful. This has appeared throughout game history and isn't likely to change.

Back in the Gameboy days, Sega released the GameGear, which was fully capable of using a rechargeable battery, back lit screen and color. It wasn't till AFTER the GameBoy Advance released that Nintendo started to match these features.

Likewise, original Xbox Live is better or at least on par with the current Wii U Nintendo Network, which is sad considering we're talking about a new console matching (in some cases falling short) to a service from 10 years ago.

This isn't exclusive to Nintendo being Nintendo either...

Xbox Live never really adopted a system like PlayStation Plus, though some might consider the short term "Games with Gold" them matching it.
Xbox Live hides apps like Netflix behind a paywall, where as the PS3/4, Wii U and even the Apple TV don't.
The Vita has a better quality touchscreen, graphics and more, though Nintendo didn't really have to meet Sony on that level to beat them.
I always found the Wiimote to work a lot easier than the PlayStation Move.
The Wii U gamepad was not a feature other companies tried to match. Sony had remote play first, so it looks like they're trying to push this feature now as the tech has finally caught up to the idea.
The only company who tried to match Club Nintendo was Square Enix, which was harder, but did offer better prizes. There is also Konami, which begs to be seen.

The list goes on, but a lot of ideas, even great ones like PlayStation Plus never forced other companies to innovate. So before we worry about what the Steam Box means for us, we need to see the price. If the thing doesn't sell, then it could be 100,000,000 x better than the PS4, Wii U and XB1 combined and it will simply be ignored. You also need to have a REASON to implement these changes to make it work.

darx1656d ago

Service wise they have both MS & Sony beat.

shahab911656d ago

Good. Steam machines, pc,ps4,ps3, x1,x360, psp, vita, 3ds, 2ds, wii, wii u, ouya etc. there is room for everyone. I love you all ^___^

Hufandpuf1656d ago


A fight to the death I say!

Bolts1656d ago

The irony is, none of the Dice games will ever be on Steam Machines unless Origin goes Linux.

sovietsoldier1656d ago