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This is what Valve's steam machine prototype looks like
Posted by Billy
Posted on 4 November, 2013 at 1:32PM ↑ 0 ↓ 0

This is what Valve's steam machine prototypes look like. Keep in mind these are just the Valve-made prototypes. Once testing has been done, other hardware manufacturers will take over the actual hardware production (minus the controller). This sounds eerily similar to the 3DO, but since its Valve I'm not as skeptical as I would be otherwise. The steam box runs SteamOS, which is based on Linux, as you may have heard. However SteamOS is not based on Ubuntu, which was honestly surprising to me, but instead is a custom distro made by Valve themselves. Keep in mind that this OS will be free and open source, but will also come with the ability to stream your games from a Windows PC in another room. This is the feature I'm most excited about, since it means I'll be able to have my gaming rig PC in my room, and a lower power steambox (possibly of my own creation) in the living room.

Source and further reading on The Verge. I encourage you to read their article, as they have much more information and even development info.

EDIT: IGN has an article that goes more into depth about the controller. It's pretty interesting to read.

Lazlo Falconi
4 November, 2013 at 4:13PM ↑ 0 ↓ 0

What I'm really excited for is what will happen in the next three or four years if these catch on, and developers start producing games for Linux.

As for the box, I think the design is actually kind of nice. I'm excited to see different variations of the fascia, but the size looks good, and hopefully the inner shroud that keeps the components separate becomes the new industry standard.

4 November, 2013 at 5:35PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0

Looks steamy.

4 November, 2013 at 7:04PM ↑ 0 ↓ 0

Like a sauna?

5 November, 2013 at 03:30AM ↑ 0 ↓ 0

I'll take 20. Well, probably not, but I am definitely digging the look. Though that don't matter, I can't wait until the prototype phase is over with so that we know if it was good; and if anything was bad they'll be changing it for the better.

Royale H. Duke
1 December, 2013 at 2:27PM ↑ 1 ↓ 0

It looks like a box.

I like it.

Although they should really do a Companion Cube even though it would probably have terrible airflow in the case.

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