September 28, 2013
The Steam Machine Is Upon Us!
Before I begin passing along these holy words to my flock (of two), let us say a prayer. PRAISE GABEN NEWELL! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME AS HE DELIVERS US FROM THE DARK AGE OF GAMING! TODAY IT WAS WRITTEN THAT HE WILL DELIVER UNTO US A MACHINE OF STEAM AND VALVE AND IT SHALL BRING ABOUT THE END OF THE XBONE HEATHENS! Amen.
So, if that absolutely went over your head and you are still in the dark, let me enlighten you in my usual TL:DR (too long, didn’t read) format. Earlier this week, Valve announced SteamOS, a complete operating system separate from both Windows and Mac, running on Linux. Although this has been expected of Valve and everyone’s just screaming “FINALLY,” they sited reasons such as Windows and Mac both hold games back due to both bloatware and RAM capacity. But what will it run on? Well, thank you for reading the title.
Yesterday, Valve also officially indoctrinated in several manly shouts of “YES! IT’S FINALLY HERE” from fan boys around the world when they officially announced the Steam Machine in their whimsical “Here you go, take this, now sod off” format. And although they haven’t given us any pictures of what it looks like, if speculation serves right it will be a X3 Piston, a modular computer about the size of a Coke can. What we do know about it however, as confirmed by the announcement page, are the following specs.
The first is that the prototype will ship in 2014 and there will be multiple SteamOS machines to choose from, made by different manufacturers. The specs are currently unknown, but it will be both upgradable and modifiable. It cites the ability to run another OS, change the hardware, and install your own software. Now, the inevitable question of “what is the point of downloading this since I’m happy with my PC?” is bound to come up. They’ve already addressed it by stating the OS will be available for download onto PC as well.
But how can you get in on this? Well, if you go to the Steam website before October 25, you can fill out and complete the eligibility form (in any order) and upon completion you’ll receive a special badge, and you’ll officially have a shot of getting a hardware beta. And while some people will be chosen based off of popularity, the majority will be selected from this collective pool. If you are selected, you’ll be able to share your info about the experience and post your opinions about it. And don’t worry about game availability. All Steam games will be ready to be played. And yes, mouse and keyboard can be used with it.
And that’s where they left off for the next announcement, citing they have more to say on the topic of input. So, now we wait and see. Will they announce a new controller or will they finally stop stroking the half limp Half Life 3 boner we’re all craving? Because if it isn’t, then I for one think Valve should be banned from making anything in 3’s, including announcements.
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