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(CES 2014) Valve Announces 13 Steam Machine Partners

SteamFirst: There are now officially a minimum of 13 partners creating Steam machines, and we assume more will be on the way as well.

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GizmoFusion2718d ago

Alienware looks the coolest so far.

Insomnia_842718d ago (Edited 2718d ago )

Daylight on Steam.

I like how the PS4 and Steam logo look together at the end of the latest Daylight trailer.

http://youtu.be/cWbmSr-l6DY

No signs of Xbox.

Xristo2718d ago (Edited 2718d ago )

As much as I would stay away from most everything Alienware, ironically, this one pulls me in the most out of what was shown.

bowserchamp922718d ago

Woooooooo!!!!! Yesss I want one. Take my money!!

jumpersham2718d ago

Me too. When do these come out? Will they be in stores to try??

GizmoFusion2718d ago

They didnt announce dates yet, but I bet you some will be available for sale very soon, as in this quarter.

mikeslemonade2718d ago

Lol these things will lose support. Save your money.

Volkama2718d ago (Edited 2718d ago )

@Mike Worst case SteamOS lacks dev support. But then all you'd have to do is install Windows. The hardware (incl steam controller) will still be just as good, so a Steam box isn't really a risky investment.

jumpersham2718d ago

I dont think they will. I think valve will support them officially if they are labeled steam machine

piroh2718d ago

they are also supporting PC and consoles. more platforms = more money

2pacalypsenow2718d ago

Steambox and pc is the same thing

Agent_hitman2718d ago

The thing that I don't like about steam machine is the gamepad. I would rather use keyboard and mouse

mos61422718d ago (Edited 2718d ago )

Awful idea, if they wanted to get console gamers, casuals to take interest with pc gaming, they went about it wrong. Should have had 1 sku, they could be upgradeable. not 14 from different company's.

iamnsuperman2718d ago (Edited 2718d ago )

Also getting other companies to manufacter and sell won't be as cost effective for the consumers (They are not going to be cheap) . Since these companies only get returns from selling the box they need to make a profit (fairly big one) on each box they sell. While console makers have the opportunity to offset costs via their services and third parties paying to be on their platform.

Volkama2718d ago

While that's all true it doesn't necessarily doom the Steambox to failure.

If SteamOS offers worthwhile performance gains then you will see PC gamers make use of it (it's free after all), in which case the ecosystem for the 'console' will be established regardless of how few sell. So they can sell each one for a profit, and enjoy the one-off revenue for what it is.

There are definitely people out there that will pay more for better performance, even if it works out to be less bang for each buck.

SteamOS penetration is going to be critical though.

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