Digital Storm Teases High End Steam Machine for Power Players

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ronmccord

This thing is a really nice looking gaming rig. The Bolt has some issues that this may resolve like looks for one. No ugly dvd drive on the front. Also some reviews have said it is noisy and lacks the quality of the more expensive Falcon Tiki. I for one like the looks and form factor will reserve judgement until more info and reviews are released

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satrain18

Ugh.. it's Steam Machine, not Steam Box!

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EKRboi

Im ALL for valve succeeding with it's steambox/steamOS. Possibly somebody more in the know can fill me in. I have steam installed on my Xubuntu installation and the games I have that are linux capable do work. The problem is the library. Have the big developers even said they are going to start making their games linux compatible? Ive read about game streaming from a windows machine.. but doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose? Also what about control latency issues? Even on a gigabit wired home network I can imagine games requiring mega precision may suffer a little.. causing a disadvantage. FPS's comes to mind the most.

I have nothing but the bare essentials for gaming installed on my windows partition for my gaming habbits... but my PC is booted to linux for pretty much anything else. I would love to be able to get rid of windows entirely.. unfortunately unless I am missing something I am not seeing it happen soon.

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Jieddo

Every day there is a new information about a new steam machine, but we still haven't even seen or much less received any information about the Steam OS.

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Obsidian

Yeah, the lack of solid information is becoming annoying. Hopefully there is some information leaked prior to CES in January. There are significant issues bringing this kind of gaming OS to market and other than "it exists" we know little more about it.

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jbitzer

Steam OS Released to teh public DEC 13.

There you go.

http://www.engadget.com/2013/12/11/steam-os-available-decemeber-13th/

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sarkli

$1400.. i mean in all seriousness, if your going to spend that much then just buy a gaming rig and run steam through that instead.

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Obsidian

You may have missed this sentence:
"Digital Storm's rig will ship with both Valve's Linux-based SteamOS and Microsoft Windows, allowing the PC gaming master race to play any computer game out there."

Essentially, this thing will dual boot. Your point is still partially valid. If you have a Windows Gaming rig why not just boot into that and run it 100% of the time? Who knows? Maybe there are some Linux fans that just want the possibility, or to test it out.

I still don't see a use-case for the Titan when the use-case is plugging it into a 1080p TV. It's a pretty cool little box though.

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PCLinuxguy

Even so though, this is a badass rig for gaming even if you don't boot Linux, or decide to wipe the drive and use Win7 as a single boot machine. I think he missed the whole point, not just the sentence you highlighted.

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X94

What I'm concerned with is that at the very least, besides gaming, will it be able to play Blu-Ray and generate slideshows from a thumb drive? As a console by itself it can beat the PS4, but the idea behind consoles is ease of use and convenience. That said, the decision by Xbox One in the long run is good. SteamBox would have to match that if it wants to compete with Xbox.

I'm not saying I'm a major fan of Xbox or PS4. In fact, if I could, I would switch completely to Linux based systems. However, as a console, I really feel it has to be easy for non-owners to use (family, friends, and elderly).

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stradric

Really I think your question is "Will Valve have a suite of controller-friendly apps built into SteamOS or available through Steam that can bring the same ease-of-use to the PC as we see in consoles?" I'm betting that answer is probably a soft no.

I think Valve's target audience is more the independent type that doesn't want to get sucked into a restrictive ecosystem. I imagine they're going to rest on the community quite a bit to flesh out all the missing features -- much like Android. You will be able to do everything you can on a console and more, but you might have to see out an app.

To decode a BluRay movie, you need a license, btw. It's not likely that you'll see that functionality built into SteamOS. You will probably have to purchase an app in Steam to do it, which I like because it's a more a la carte approach.

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X94

I see your point there, but what I mean is will there be an option to just buy a pre-configured copy that has all that stuff installed directly by Steam. The reason, for me that is, if I've already spent time building the rig itself, it would be kinda pointless to cherry pick software for basic things that wouldn't make a difference if I decide to use default applications or not. The biggest thing for me is once you got your system set up, would it automatically go directly to video player if it's a movie disk or to a slideshow if it's just a disk/SD card/Thumbdrive full of pictures and videos from which you can pick from the controller's screen before displaying it.