Valve's project to rival Microsoft's PC's and Operating System, the Steam Machine, has been removed from the Steam Storefront.
It's too bad they could never made this happen. I would like more choices for "PC" gaming OSs. Hey, conspiracy theory: did they remove this as part of the MS purchase agreement?
You can build really small computers with mini ITX boards and tiny cases, the problem is though you are then stuck with using SFX power supplies. You could probably get a moderately powerful gaming PC set up like that though. Better off going micro ATX if you want portability and powerful hardware without limiting yourself on the type of PSU and cooler you can use etc..
Though I agree with you about going micro ATX route. I do have to disagree with the moderate powerful gaming PC using itx part though. https://www.youtube.com/wat... You can get itx cases that are smartly designed where you can fit in a large GPU and even a full sized ATX PSU inside.
"Hey, conspiracy theory: did they remove this as part of the MS purchase agreement?" Not a chance. Steam Machines came with 2 options for OS. Cheaper models came with SteamOS which was simply Linux. Something anyone can download right now and put it on any PC they want to. http://store.steampowered.c... or pay a bit more and get a Steam Machine with Windows on. I simply think more people are building there own PC's these days than buying pre-made. Building PC's are simply becoming easier and easier. Plus the Steam machines had little to no upgradeable parts other than the CPU, HDD/SSD, RAM. Compare that to the cyberpower systems that are just a little bit bigger than the OG XB1. https://hothardware.com/Con... Everything in those Cyberpower Systems are upgradable and even take full length GPU's.
@Cupofjoe I don't dispute that. But eventually the mining craze will die down. In fact it sort of has GPU prices have come down to the RRP price now (at least in the UK).
Too expensive for the stuff you couldve already done on pc for cheaper
My high end PC is way more powerful than this thing and it was cheaper to build too lol
They honestly should have made an official console instead. Make Steam a big part of it where it's basically like loading up your Steam on the PC and you'd have a winner. The games you can download, cross play where you can download it on your PC and finish it on your console, mods for almost anything without most restrictions, things like Gmod or games like The Sims which play exactly like their PC counterpart and even their exclusives with Half Life, Portal, Team Fortress, Counter Strike, Left 4 Dead, DoTA and maybe even new IPs like the cancelled Crossing game. Imagine if they launched their plan when Microsoft took that hit with the official Xbox One reveal...they had a great moment to set things up and wiggle their way in. Not to mention imagine their first party games offering free DLC for everything. Oh well.
I'm not sure what Valve you're talking about " Not to mention imagine their first party games offering free DLC for everything " but that has to be an alternate timeline lol.
My point is they are the only company that could do that Steam makes a shit load and games like Portal 2 have featured free content.
It would have made no difference, steamOS machines are for all intents and purposes Valve consoles and they failed. They thought the people who say they are going to drop Windows for Linux were actually serious.
You just described the console MS was burned for. That is the irony. PC is 95% digital only. They call themselves master race, but digital only on consoles is a no-go. Even though music, movies, TV shows, news, photos and probably every other form of entertainment is basically digital only these days.
People who are into PC's like me will likely build their own anyway instead of going for a Steam Machine. Those who aren't would buy a console i guess.
I think the prices of the systems because most of it was Alienware alienated majority of the customers who are dedicated to other brands. No pun intended.
Windows is PC gaming. They found out the hard way.
Is anyone surprised?
Valve should it released its own game console one with a unique design and the most importantly one unique spec architecture, not only that if the added lets say a little game called Half Life 3 as an exclusive that would it be an instant success, sadly they lack vision.
Too expensive for what they were, when the of PS4 released, for the same price steam machines had interested graphics...
In an alternate universe where consoles didn’t already exist, this would’ve been cool and successful.
As expected. This project was doomed to failure from the start, as several people have said before.
I cant even get a SteamOS to install on my current system. FML...
This was destined to fail for one main reason. Valve actually never had a stake in this. Valve created the Steam machine concept and spec'd out the machines to utilize Valve OS and Steam Store but was not vested in making their own machine. They put 100% of the risk of selling the units on PC makers who were willing to try it. It was always a win win for valve with absolutely zero downside for them but on the PC maker side it was full of potential downside if they didn't sell. Valve put zero effort into marketing Steam machines... and again put that effort on anyone dumb enough to build one. They even under cut Steam machines by launching the Steam link that would work with any PC and not just Steam Machines.
Well it wasn't that good of an idea to begin with I guess. You can have a console or a pc, something in between is more of hassle than it's useful.
Surprising no one. This effort looked doomed from the start. They didn't have a clear enough vision for what they were trying to achieve.
This machines were doomed to fail from the start. I can't even tell who the system is made for or who will be the target consumers for this thing.
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