Valve has now launched pre-orders for a small selection of Steam Machines, these console-like gaming computers run on the Linux-based Steam OS. And while customers can preorder the Alienware Steam Machine through Steam or apparently GameStop. We also see the Steam Link, which is a slightly different unit, that let’s players stream games from a high-powered PC to other machines in the house. And of course the Steam Controller, Valve’s console gamepad. Which we are keen to check out ourselves.
Valve is expecting to release the first Steam Machines starting October 16th, according to their website. Meaning, anyone that preorder’s their unit should receive it somewhere around that time. As for retailers, it is expected they will start stocking the SteamOS powered units on November 10th, the PC gaming boxes start somewhere around $450. This is also the same date the Steam Controller and Steam Link in-house streaming device make their debut. Then other Valve hardware partners should start releasing their version of the Steam Machine. Which Valve’s ideal for creating more cohesive standard aside from Microsoft’s Windows and giving consumers an easier alternative to buying a console or building a PC.
While SteamOS is kept open, reviews and nay-sayers a still going on about the large portion of the games library not being available for the service on Steam Machines. Linux compatibility is becoming less rare for triple-A releases. This changing as we know it. And those big title developers are starting to see the demand for cross-platform support. Some are wising up to the ideal and others are holding back to see what will become of the Steam Machine itself. While things like the Steam Controller is fairly self-explanatory. This will be a make for a nice $50 wireless gamepad, using touchpads to emulate a keyboard and mouse. From what we have heard so far, reviews have mentioned this could be the next big wave of playing PC games from the couch. And from what we have seen, this actually works better than expected.
To combat the Linux available issue, gamers who own a powerful Windows gaming rig can stream games to the Steam Machine. So they have full support of their library. Which should make for some nice home-brew Steam Machines running SteamOS. As Valve is targeting full 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Which is the same technology that powers the Steam Link, which will only set you back $50 USD and could be the solution many gamers are looking for.