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Anyone else think Steam Machines are going to be a massive flop?

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I don't see the audience who will buy these Steam Machines. The majority are wise and know what they buy and plug into their rigs, so I assume they won't see a necessity to buy "consoles" that might not be easy to mod. Of course, the Steam audience will still be there, but I'm gonna bet they aren't interested on the "consoles".



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Akiran said:
sales2099 said:
Massive flop. Steam gamers are content with Steam on their PCs......why would they rebuy it?

Because Wireless or wired HDMIs don't exist :P

Its not that they can.....but why.



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sales2099 said:
Akiran said:
sales2099 said:
Massive flop. Steam gamers are content with Steam on their PCs......why would they rebuy it?

Because Wireless or wired HDMIs don't exist :P

Its not that they can.....but why.

Steam gamers probably wouldn't rebuy it, They'll most likely just upgrade or buy a new PC considering it has more functionality than a Steam box



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A SteamBox IS a PC, what makes it different is following guidelines to make sure it flawlessly run SteamOS and its games. but it can run Windows too in dual-boot, if users need it to play games they like and that for any reason weren't ported to SteamOS. Choosing the most expensive SteamBoxes isn't mandatory, but choosing an assembled PC or building one that follow SteamBox guidelines totally makes sense.



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Valve never had a clear vision of what they were trying to achieve. The end result is machines that are overpriced with no clear target audience. Worst of all for them (good for us) I think it will open the door to competitors to establish themselves and compete as the steam audience will become fragmented. Steam are pretty aweful at making even a stable reliable client, I hate to think of the end result of them doing an entire OS.



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method114 said:

It will certainly make it more marketable but it will limit people beacuse they'll be restricted to using steam OS. When you can install windows 7 and have an HTPC/gaming machine hooked up to your TV. I guess you could just reinstall windows 7 on a steam machine to I don't see why that would be an issue. Still doesn't seem like something that's going to take off I just don't see it.

I guess we'll see.  I'm not getting one right away.  I figure a year or 2 into it we'll have a good idea how it will do.  I would expect these machines to be cheaper on a price/power ratio just because there is no Windows license to pay.