Valve has been working on their own Steam Machines for quite some time now. This process has gone through many live tests and beta units that have lead to changes and refinements a long the way. Valve wants to deliver a powerful and stable console-like experience on the PC platform. This of course is going to take a lot of time.
At CES we had a chance to sit down with iBUYPOWER to talk about their upcoming Steam Machine. They have a very interesting take on the whole Steam Machine idea and their pricing of $499 to start really does reflect that.
It seems like Piixl, the British computer builder, has done its part well and is ready to introduce its entry into the Steam Machine market. Upon its arrival, this Jetpack by Piixl is going to be powered by Windows, Linux or maybe even Steam’s own Steam OS. We have heard that this jetpack is going to be compatible with any 3rd party graphics card and this is unlike any of the other Steam Machines but it seems like Piixl is all set to give out a tough competition to the rivals.
iBuyPower has finally given away its own alternative and the Steam Machine is not the least bit on the cheaper or affordable side by the attractiveness will surely catch everyone by interest. It appears to be everything that a gamer can wish for and is perfect for those who pay equal amount of attention to the physical attributes.
We knew Valve was going to have three announcements this week. The first was SteamOS, the second was Steam Machines and now the third is the Steam Controller. For those thinking it was going to be Half-Life 3, it looks like you are still going to have to wait for that. The Steam Controller completes the “Living Room” experience that Valve is trying to create with all of these products that they have announced.
Well it looks like the “Steambox” will be a reality as Valve has announced their entry into the PC hardware world with Steam Machines. Steam Machines is a device that is bundled with Valve’s own SteamOS operating system and will allow you to play all of your favorite games in a living room setting.
Valve has officially announced its own operating system, which they are calling SteamOS. This is actually one of three announcements that Valve will be making this week. The big headline about SteamOS is that it will be completely free to you the consumer!