iBuyPower Shows Steam Machine Prototype at E3 2014 [Video]

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legionera

Looks like the non-italic version of PS4
or a giant square oreo.

I thought that MaxPC discussed that Steam OS is becoming a myth. Why companies still try to create Steam Boxes???

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CanadianJak0

Typo! "Back in November 2014 Valve announced..." should be 2013, not 2014.

;-)

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Sean D Knight

Oh man! I can't believe I didn't catch that!

*bangs head on desk

Thank you for noticing. :)

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Spiral01

Looks like a square Oreo.

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Hey.That_Dude

Looks cool. Not sure how well it will perform.

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PC_completes_me

"This means that all games available on Steam are expected to in 1080p at 60 FPS."

It probably will if you play at very low image quality settings. The 250x is a relatively weak card. Would be interested to see how this machine stacks up to consoles image quality wise for like games seeing as how you won't have the console optimization going on. If I'm not mistaken, I believe the GPU is pretty close to what the Xbone is rocking. Of course you could just buy a different variant for more than 500 bones with a better card. That kind of puts the steam machine into a price range that most current console gamers would probably have a hard time justifying though.

I think most console gamers would only consider buying a steam machine over a console if there was a significant improvement graphics wise at a comparable price. Or, if they just had to have a taste of the different games that are PC exclusive. Either way a tough sell for the steam machine market, but I hope they do well regardless.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

In terms of performance, there will be a wide range of Steam boxes available. This one is clearly on the low end of the spectrum.

I have noticed new games already marketed as being available for SteamOS.

Naysay all you will, but Microsoft is clearly out to kill the PC. Crysis isn't going to run on a Surface Etch-A-Sketch. You're going to want to game on something better than a kiddie console or tablet toy.

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cometvermont

That line stood out to me also..."This means that all games available on Steam are expected to in 1080p at 60 FPS".

I'm not sure how a 250x, 4gb RAM & a"quad-core AMD CPU" is going to run Battlefield 4, Metro Last Light, the upcoming games like Witcher 3, GTA V or even the always talked about, Crysis running 1080p at 60 FPS unless as you stated the image quality was toned way, way down. Personally, I don't know any PC gamers who would shell out $500 to have a box that looks like a console, is called a Steam Machine, isn't up-gradable aside from the hard drive & may run "all games in 1080p at 60 FPS" yet the graphics look worse than past gen consoles.

Console games are optimized for consoles & many of the triple A titles look incredible. Many times looking much better than the same game does on a low end PC... Say... a PC with an HD 7770 (250x) 4gb RAM & a quad core AMD CPU...hmmm

As a cross platform gamer myself, when I play a game on my PC I want the image quality to look like nothing that can come close to gaming on a console. That's why most PC gamers (myself included) will spend as much as we can possible afford on computer parts if only to get the most beautiful gaming experience we can get.

If they can actually make this work the way they claim, I'll be the 1st in line but until I see some benchmarks & screenshots I'm saving that $500 for a GPU upgrade.

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JoeArchitect

The RAM and CPU isn't a big deal, getting bottlenecked on a CPU isn't easy and if you're only gaming 4GB of RAM is perfectly adequate without performance loss, but the GPU that was used in question is a poor option.

See here for RAM benchmark - http://www.techbuyersguru.com/RAMgaming.php

Really they should have "splurged" on an r7 265 for about $50 more and then they could really claim they'd hit 60 FPS @ 1080p or Ultra settings at a very playable framerate.

Even passing off the price onto the consumer at $549 would be a fair price for a good box.

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Hey.That_Dude

My assumption, based on the fact that it's all AMD, is that they are praying that Mantle games will run well on it. Otherwise, you guys are spot on.

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