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So Valve had made big waves by announcing that they would be hitting the living rooms of gamers with a new console with a radically new designed controller system known as haptic feedback which replaces the tradition buttons with touch pad and as pointed out a haptic feedback system.
now when steam originally announced this system I was pretty much sceptical about this and how it really wouldn’t make that much of an impact on traditional gaming.
My original article when Valve announced their intentions of launching the steam box, taking into account back then Valve had been endorsing Piston which was suppose to be one of the machines to run steam OS
http://www.gamingrev.com/?p=1286
After going through the Press Release by Valve and the 13 partners they have picked out for their machine I am thinking to myself, “WHAT ARE YOU THINKING VALVE”
to give you a clear idea of what I mean here is a list of Machines which were on show and the specs for the machines which will be supporting Valves new OS for gaming.

  • Alienware
    N/A
  • Alternate
    Price: $1,339
    Storage: 1TB SSHD
    CPU:Intel Core i5 4570 processor
    GPU: Gigabyte GTX 760 handling the GPU work
    RAM: 16GB of RAM
    Price: $1,339
  • CyberPowerPC
    Price: $499+
    Storage: 500GB hard drive
    CPU: 3.9GHz AMD A6-6400K processor and
    GPU: AMD Radeon R9 270 discrete graphics,
    RAM: 8GB of RAM and a  in a
  • Digital Storm
    Price: $1,339
    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570
    GPU: Gigabyte GTX 760
    RAM: 16GB
    Storage: 1TB SSHD
  • Falcon NW
    Price: $1,799 – $6,000
    CPU: Customizable
    GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan
    RAM: 8 – 16GB
    Storage: Up to 6TB
  • GigaByte
    Price: TBD
    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770R
    GPU: Intel Iris Pro 5200
    RAM: 2 x 4GB
    Storage: 1TB SATA 6Gb/s
  • iBuyPower13768
    Price: $499 +
    CPU: Quad Core AMD or Intel
    GPU: Radeon GCN Graphics
    RAM: 8GB
    Storage: 500GB +
  • Maingear
    N/A
  • Materiel.net
    Price: $1,098
    CPU: Intel Core i5-4440
    GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 760 OC
    RAM: 8GB
    Storage: 8GB + 1TB SSHD
  • Next Spa
    Price: TBD
    CPU: Intel Core i5
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 760
    RAM: 8GB
    Storage: 1TB
  • Origin PC
    Price: TBD (configurable)
    CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K (3.9 – 4.6GHz)
    GPU: 2 x 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan’s
    RAM: Configurable
    Storage: Configurable
  • Scan
    Price: $1,090
    CPU: Intel Core i3-4000M
    GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
    RAM: 8GB
    Storage: 500GB
  • Webhallen
    N/A
  • Zotac
    N/A

 
After looking at the specs and the prices the steam machines are currently marketing themselves at, I am thinking SERIOUSLY?
Last year when Valve announced they wanted to bring steam to the living room it was their idea to launch a system for casual gamers whom can play steam games in their living room with little experience in PC gaming or building Gaming Rigs.
Now we look at the specs and we go from Very poor Specs
this day and age who in their right mind would use integrated graphics in a PC Console designed for PC gaming goes beyond belief.
The steam machine was suppose to be upgradable so having integrated graphics would make it more costly to upgrade as more than one part would have to purchased.
Now we go into the big boys Club with the high end machines price tagged at $6000, yes you have read that right, steam Boxes will be selling from some Valve partners at a cool $6000.
Looking at these Specs which Valve have released on their Press site its shocking to think that anyone in their right mind would spend this much money on a console which would be limited to running steam OS (Linux Based) which Valve had said should not be used to replace the PC.
How they expect the steam machine to compete against consoles at those Specs and prices goes beyond belief as the high end systems would be built by PC gamers at a fraction of the Price and still get the same experience or even better knowing they have saved couple hundred dollars or Pounds which ever country you are in.
At the end of day my sceptical mind still sees Valves attempt to join the club of living room gaming as a far off dream as their current products may sell to those with little knowledge of computers and system specifications but not really to majority of gamers.
Will these systems be a Success on the market?
In my humble opinion No, the reason for this are the following
* The Specs on Most these machines are very poor as PC games go
* The Prices set are too much for what the companies are offering in terms of hardware and performance
* The target audience is wrong as casual gamers will not spend that much money on a console (PC console) for the living room
* Too many partners making the steam box