Steam Machines Consoles

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  1. gkarris macrumors 604

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    http://store.steampowered.com/universe/machines

    Anyone planning to get one? They are being released this year.

    So these come with a Steam Controller and their own OS?

    Looked at my Steam Library and mostly I see only the Windows logo on my games... :eek:
     
  2. foobarbazqux macrumors regular

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    Nope. If I want to play a PC game, I'd rather sit at a desk and use a keyboard/mouse, not to mention I'd rather run Windows so I never have to worry about a certain game not being available for me to play. On the other hand, if I want to sit on my couch and game with a controller, I'd rather use a console where I know the game was created/ported with a controller in mind.

    I just don't really see these things taking off.
     
  3. mandoman macrumors 6502

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    I bought, but later returned, the pre-release version of one of these, the Alienware Alpha. It runs on Windows 8 with an Alpha GUI wrapper around it that let's you access settings and modes via a controller. From there, you launch into Steam Big Picture mode to access your steam library. It comes with an XBOX 360 controller.

    It was sort of an impulse buy, got over $200 off on it. Once I realized there were not many PC exclusive games I wanted to play just yet, I decided to return. The one title I want to play someday, Pillars of Eternity, I can play on my Mac and requires KB/Mouse. Everything else I can play on my console.

    The hardware itself was really nice. Smaller in size than xb1/ps4. Decent parts, but graphics card is not up-gradable so you'd be stuck playing medium to high settings (no ultra), and might eventually not be able to play more graphics intensive games that come out in a couple of years. The software GUI wrapper felt useless, as you really just need steam big picture mode. Install was not straightforward and I needed a KB/mouse to get working right, had to download drivers, and some games did not install or work right. Yep, pretty much what you expect from a PC...

    Eventually, I might see myself getting one again, only to take advantage of the much lower prices on PC games. I'm so envious of those Steam Sales! But I think if I go gaming PC, I want to go whole hog and build my own with a high end user replaceable graphics card.

    As Foobar stated, I don't see the steam OS taking off, as not enough games are linux compatible. If you get one, I guarantee you'll end up putting windows 10 on it. The jury is still out on the Steam controller too, no telling if it's any good or not until these things release in the fall.
     
  4. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Maaaaybe. Right now I'm not interested in them but this could be one of them Apple-like "lets take something before and make it good" situations and in a few years we'll wonder how we ever lived without them. If they can match the convenience of a console they might make this work, as in, automatic OS and driver updates, hide all the heavy OS stuff behind a lovely interface.
     
  5. malman89 macrumors 68000

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    I think I'd rather buy a Steam Machine/console sized gaming rig than an actual Steam Machine. Although an impressive amount of games are available on SteamOS/Linux, I'd rather not go from unlimited options in Windows to limited options.

    A living room rig that could sit in my TV console with a controller or keyboard/mouse from the couch seems cool for most of the games I play.

    Edit: Sorry, just noticed the date. Been a while since on the forums and it was high in the section, so assumed it was new. Also can't find the delete option anymore, heh.
     
  6. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    You can get the Windows versions of these machines right now.

    The ones that come with Steam OS instead and a Steam Controller don't come out until November.
     
  7. Suture macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty much my exact thoughts. The entry price is pretty decent when they have sales on the Alienware set-top box (forgot what it's called), but then again, you can also probably build something with a mini-ITX case for the same or better price most likely. I don't think I'd be comfortable using any keyboard/mouse in my living room in front of my TV. I just got rid of my last TV console to stick exclusively with PC/Mac and 3DS gaming, and in the case of the computers, I think I just prefer to sit at the desk.
     
  8. foobarbazqux macrumors regular

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    Been there, done that. It doesn't work for me. I had a home theater with a 120" screen and an HTPC in my old house and I really wanted to like playing PC games on it. I tried all sorts of setups but could never find a good keyboard/mouse setup while sitting on the couch (or the floor). I eventually gave up and went back to gaming in my office which was a much better experience.
     

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