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White Steam Machine Prototype Blinds Us With Majesty (Also Literally Blinds Us)

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Jonathan Lester
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PC games, Steam Machines

White Steam Machine Prototype Blinds Us With Majesty (Also Literally Blinds Us)

A Steam Machine prototype has been spotted in the wild, or at least the skunkworks of PC manufacturer IBuyPower.

It's hardly difficult to spot, no? This bright white device is reportedly one of two SteamOS-powered prototypes in development at the firm, capable of running Steam games at 1080p, 60FPS. And also blasting out copious lasers if Engadget's images are anything to go by [it's clearly a customisable LED strip, stop being silly - Ed].

Internal specifications are currently unknown (though we suspect it's powered by nuclear waste or Mountain Dew by the looks of that photo: identical substances in terms of taste and nutritional benefit). IBuyPower's range will apparently be priced "competitively" when Steam Machines roll out next year from several manufacturers - how much would you pay for a living room PC considering the potential long-term savings?

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Late  Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:09

two models, codenamed Gordon and Freeman

lol :D


If they brought out a standalone* steam box this year I'd have happily handed over c£800, and just avoided the traditional consoles this generation. That's significantly more than I paid for the xbox One - but with games being around half the price the extra money can be easily justified.
I think I got through about 180-190 games on the xbox 360. If I'd saved just a tenner on each of those games that's a couple of thou...

But I've blown my budget now. It'll need to be pretty damned cheap (like under £400) if they're wanting me to buy a new machine next year - and realistically if it's less than £400 it's unlikely to be up to scratch.
I'm excited by the machine, though (despite any new found fears about it's powersource - image below) and I hope it's a real contender when it comes out.
I won't be an early adopter though. I'll maybe join the party in 2015, so long as the machine and UI are up to scratch and affordable.

http://depletedcranium.com/radioactivehomer.jpg


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*My home pc is decrepit - so a simple steam box that mainly just streamed and had a "big picture" interface whilst letting your traditional pc do most of the legwork would be no use - I'd need a machine that did all the work.

Quietus  Nov. 26, 2013 at 11:13

I'd also add that a lot more games are going to need controller support to make it a more worthwhile replacement for a lot of folks.

imdurc  Nov. 26, 2013 at 13:44

I'd also add that a lot more games are going to need controller support to make it a more worthwhile replacement for a lot of folks.


The steam box will run any controls you like, so it won't be restricted to a gamepad.

chieftex  Nov. 26, 2013 at 16:50

I'd also add that a lot more games are going to need controller support to make it a more worthwhile replacement for a lot of folks.


The steam box will run any controls you like, so it won't be restricted to a gamepad.


In addition to this, the new "steam controller" lets you emulate mouse and keyboard. You can see a video of someone playing Civilization V with this method.

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