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Submitted by travis40508 198d ago | article

Will Steam Machines Be the Death of Windows?

Will the Steam Machine push Windows users to adopt another operating system entirely? (Steam Machines, Tech)

Kingthrash360  +   198d ago
i cant say i'm a windows fan....but no.
too big. unless they selling more software like steam word or a steam os laptop complete with browser i think not.
lol i just hope ms doesn't decide to buy steam. they've done underhanded things like that before...cant beat um, buy um mentality.
Utalkin2me  +   198d ago
I could only hope.
AdmiralSnake  +   198d ago
No
LimeyGeeza  +   198d ago
Very well written article, was a great read. Its possible Steam Machines could be the death of Windows gaming, eventually. However it's unlikely they will be certain death to Windows completely, there is too much of a widespread business use for that to ever happen.

Furthermore all the Steam machines that have been annouced are going to be dual boot with both Steam OS & Windows.

If games run optimally in Steam OS, and run better than they do in Windows, I can see it being the 'go to' OS for lots of gamers, unforuntely I don't think this round of Steam Machines are 'console' like enough to break into the Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo markets - maybe in the next reiteration they will.
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Utalkin2me  +   198d ago
I agree with what you say. But if gamers go steam os due to games running better, thats a big blow to MS. And if steam OS becomes popular enough they might even make a home/business version of it. Someone needs to step up and put MS in their place.
annus  +   198d ago
Absolutely not. There are heaps of popular software not available on Linux, and while there are alternatives, some just aren't up to the professional standards that average and professional users expect and/or need. And that's not even counting how 'dumb' the typical computer user is, and there isn't really a Linux distro that offers total ease of use yet.

Companies that run Windows currently, and pay millions/billions in software to run on their computers aren't suddenly going to change.

MAYBE the users who solely use Windows for gaming won't have a reason to dual boot, so they can stay on Linux, but the average user will still stay on Windows, which will mean that developers will continue to develop for Windows, since it will be the larger market for years to come.
porkChop  +   198d ago
"Will the Steam Machine push Windows users to adopt another operating system entirely?"

No. What a dumb question. Windows isn't just for games, and most Windows users don't play games at all. So why the hell would they suddenly switch to a completely barebones OS whose only real function is gaming? It's not going to happen.

As far as gamers go, any gamer who uses their computer for anything other than gaming will not completely switch to SteamOS as they would be missing to many programs, functions, etc, and not to mention their entire existing library of PC games that will not run on SteamOS at all.
Utalkin2me  +   198d ago
Dont be short sighted, if steam OS doesnt take off. You dont think they will try to build off that and grab a bigger market?
porkChop  +   198d ago
I'm not being short sighted, I'm just being realistic. Steam/Valve have the games sector locked down tight, sure, but the name Valve means literally nothing to anyone else in any other industry. Valve will have an extremely hard time trying to get support from software companies in other industries. Valve can't take on Windows in any sector other than gaming.
Utalkin2me  +   198d ago
The name doesn't have to mean anything. It happens all the time with a better product with no name for itself makes it big. it depends on the drive and determination of people in the company, and valve seems to not lack in that department. Offer anyone a better experience and cheaper is all it takes.
Utalkin2me  +   198d ago
All it does it take something as simple as this to eventually turn the tide. Gonna start with gamers first, that will be a trojan to expand it forward. How many steam users? Thats a big chunk of pie regardless how you look at it. Then if they decide to move to more conventional uses of it and computers come pre installed with a home steam os. Yes, good times indeed.
PhinneousD  +   198d ago
Stupid question, bad article. No. HAHA NO.
stragomccloud  +   198d ago
Steam machines are neither the death of consoles nor the death of Windows. The OS will just be a nicer place to boot games without all the overhead.
bakasora  +   198d ago
Lol joke article
carreirabr  +   197d ago
No, ChromeOS/BOX will be.
LAWSON72  +   197d ago
No I have about 130 games on Steam and I would lose access to 95% of them and that is not going to cgange sadly.
travis40508  +   197d ago
No, you can still play your Windows games via your steam machine. You just have to connect your pc to your machine. you're good to go :)

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