Valve is going out of the to show off the new #Steam #hardware at GameStop, GAME UK, EB Games. Announcing dedicated Steam Sections launching this fall in GameStop (USA), EB Games (Canada), and GAME UK stores. The section will feature the Steam Hardware #devices launching November 10, including the Steam Controller, Steam Link, and Steam Machines, as well as a variety of prepaid Steam cards.
This is a great way for gamers to get up close with a Steam Machine, before you buy one. Everyone will get the chance this fall when Valve opens official “store within a store” experiences inside of GameStop and other gaming-related shops.
Valve is set to officially unwrap the new hardware on November 10, so the company may have a hard time explaining the Steam Machines concept to average gamers that do not follow the news. So putting this new hardware in stores lets potential buyers see the PC-based consoles first-hand and take on Valve’s gaming platform more seriously.
For the most part, Steam Machines are simply standard PC’s with off the shelf parts but running a Linux variant, SteamOS, which we already know. The Steam Link is the streaming device that lets gamers stream games from a Steam Machine or Windows gaming PC to the living room.
“GameStop, GAME UK, and EB Games are leading retail destinations for core gamers and early adopters,” outlines Valve’s Gabe Newell. “Creating a ‘store within a store’ across North America and the UK is a significant win for getting the first generation of Steam Hardware products into gamers’ hands.”
Steam Machines being the highly anticipated devices from Valve, which is still the dominant distributor of digital games for Linux, Mac and Windows PC. Some people have a growing concern that it could be too late for Steam Machines, as they were birthed during the backlash against Windows 8, and before the release of next-gen game consoles.
So when Steam Machines formally launch in November, they will be up against Windows 10 as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Valve did not mention if Steam Machines will be unveiled at stores but did outline the physical Steam Machine stores-within-a-store launching this “fall.”
That being said, Linux Game News would like to expect these thoughts to you, our readers. What do you make of the new Steam hardware?
Do you feel the new hardware is poised to make a lasting impact? And what are you hoping for with these new devices?