Hot off the presses at CES in Las Vegas, it sounds like Valve has finally dropped some details about their upcoming foray into home entertainment—the Steam Machine. While the idea of a Valve system that acts as a vehicle for all of your impulse buying—er, I mean, PC gaming—right from your couch might be appealing, the company has had quite a few questions to answer about price, specs and the like.
It seems we’ve finally got those answers. This week, Valve unveiled specs and designs for 14 of its initial run of Steam Machines. The machines cover a range of hardware capabilities, but in my mind, the most interesting thing about them (aside from many of the hideous designs) would be the price points.
Obviously, given that this is PC gaming, we expected high price points (the loftiest machine will cost you around $6000), but even on the low end the Steam Machine is going to run about $500. But wasn’t the point of this whole exercise to make the gaming PC more accessible, more friendly to the people that didn’t want to break the bank on a new PC or didn’t have the inclination to build their own? I’m not seeing the appeal to do this instead of building your own box or going the way of the Xbox One or PS4.
It makes me wonder who this machine is for, exactly? In my mind, someone like me is the perfect and most ideal buyer for this hardware. I love PC gaming but don’t feel like spending a ton of money on upgrades, and I really want something that can live in my entertainment center and look nice. None of these initial 14 Steam Machines achieve that goal in the slightest.
So in light of all of those thoughts, I wanted to ask you guys: is the Steam Machine for you? Vote in our poll and give us your thoughts in the comments. I’m really curious what you guys have to say on this.
Source – CVG