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Valve Has No Plans to Make Their Own Steam Machine
Filed under: STEAM MACHINE, VALVE

If you've dismissed the list of 14 hardware partners who have presented their Steam Machines at CES in hopes for Valve's first-party hardware, prepare to be disappointed. Gabe Newell announced at CES that Valve would not release their own Steam Machine. If you want this PC streaming device, you'll have to peruse that list.

"We're going to continue to make that decision as we go along. We've been happy with the results of doing hardware development with clients. We have plans to build more machines, but we also expect that users will be really happy with the range of offerings from these hardware manufacturers," Newell explained. "I mean, we’ve made 300 [machines], which is a very tiny step. We’ll make what we need to. We really view our role in this as enabling. So we’ll do whatever is going to be helpful to other hardware manufacturers – whether that’s with controller design or building specific kinds of boxes."

Considering Valve's strength has always been software, this isn't too surprising. It's always possible that they'll make their own device later down the road, but for now, their focus is getting the service up and running smoothly.

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IcedEarth Jan 09 2014, 10:54 am EST
Seeing the prices, I don't see the advantage of buying one of these over building your own Steam Machine and installing SteamOS. I suppose it's for those that don't know how to build. That seems like a very small market. Valve already stated this is aimed at existing Steam users who just want to pull their library over to the living room. SteamOS is a great idea, but I'm not sure factory built Steam Machines will take off.
EricHalfBee Jan 09 2014, 11:44 am EST
Small market? That's the vast majority of the PC market!
Reikhardt Jan 09 2014, 12:42 pm EST
So true Eric , the amoung of PC gamers I know who buy pre-built machines or use high end laptops far out-numbers the number who build and maintain their own rigs.
Chunder Jan 09 2014, 04:04 pm EST
Steam has made a huge mistake having multiple steam boxes... They NEED to choose just one and bring it under their name. Otherwise, competing against yourself while trying to compete against those who've had years (decades even) to consolidate their positions (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo) is a surefire way to have a failure of a product. And flooding the market with various Steam machines gives consumers the wrong impression.
mcthornbody Jan 09 2014, 04:16 pm EST
Steam has years for this to take off. Games are locked into whatever the xbox one and ps4 can do for the next seven to ten years graphics wise. With the Steam box you just pop in a new graphics card and your off. As people become more tech savvy and the power of pc's eclipse the consoles things will start to change.
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