Valve announced several versions of the Steam Machine at CES 2014 –– the Next Spa has no announced price as of now, but the specs were revealed.
When asked if sales of Valve's new Steam machines could match Xbox One's 3 million units sold at Valve's CES presentation today, co-founder Gabe Newell candidly remarked that it was, in fact, Microsoft that had a while to catch up.
"It would take them a while to catch up: we're at 65 million! [Steam user accounts]" Newell joked. Steam accounts passed the record number in October.
After being the first third-party partner to begin talking about its Steam Machine in November, iBuyPower has now officially revealed its new living room-oriented system, the SBX.
The SBX was announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show in conjunction with Valve's CES press conference. Today's reveal dealt more with iBuyPower's vision for the SBX -- including the fact that it's designed first and foremost as a gaming platform -- rather than the hardware that comprises it. It did state the system will be coming "later in 2014" for $499, runs Steam OS, comes with a Steam Controller, and is available in two colors: matte black and white.
Add Maingear to the list of computer builders that will be delivering a Steam Machine this year, as the company announced details today on its new Spark system at the Consumer Electronic Show.
The system, which Maingear refers to as a Steambox PC, rather than as a Steam Machine, as Valve likes to call them, weighs in at 0.89 pounds and is housed inside a case measuring (W)4.5" x (H)2.34" x (D)4.23" . Maingear says it's the smallest gaming PC system it's ever assembled.
The first consumer Steam Machines are coming to light and leading the pack is Alienware. Developed in close collaboration with Valve, the Alienware Steam Machine is being billed as one of the platform's flagship devices, not only due to the scale at which it will be produced, but its blend of performance and form factor.
In the lead-up to its press event at CES, Valve had said that Steam Machines of all shapes, sizes, costs, and performance levels were in the works — some would be small and cheap, others would be high-end graphics powerhouses. Origin PC's Chronos Steam Machine falls into the latter category.
Valve released a FAQ today that outlines hardware requirements, update methods and software information for the Steam operating system.
The first version of SteamOS, which Valve is calling Alchemist, is based on a Linux operating system called Debian. In its FAQ, Valve said Alchemist will allow a seamless transition between Steam, Steam games and the SteamOS system overlay.
Valve also detailed the hardware requirements to run Alchemist:
As far as software goes, SteamOS will not only run Steam games, but also Linux applications –– users can also add third-party sources to gain access to more apps. As with Steam, any updates to the games and apps will install automatically. Although SteamOS will soon allow users to stream games from Windows computers, Windows games and apps are not directly compatible with SteamOS.
Strategic action game Breach & Clear is coming to PC, and its developers are currently seeking a release for it on Steam through Steam Greenlight.
Breach & Clear was originally released as a mobile game on iOS and Android earlier this year, as seen in the trailer below. Part of the transition to PC will see the game ditching all of its microtransactions and gaining a new control scheme and user interface designed for computers. The PC version will also have enhanced graphics, as you'd expect, and will be getting new playable content on top of everything seen in the mobile game. This includes a new mission, two new squads, and five new weapons.
Digital Storm has revealed its Steam Machine: a black rectangle bearing a red logo, costing $1,469 (about £897).
While it won't officially be unveiled until the Consumer Electronics Show in January, some information has been announced now.
Valve has provided some details on how Steam's in-home streaming functionality, which it's currently in the process of testing, will work upon release.
Over a series of announcements on the home streaming Steam group, Valve detailed its goals with in-home streaming and explained why it's bothering with it at all. "Many Steam game developers are currently working on native SteamOS titles, which will result in the best possible living room experience being delivered to their customers," one post states. "In the meantime, we believe it’s important to make sure that the existing catalog of games is also available to Steam users in the living room."
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