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    New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    Valve also announces Source 2, Steam Link and VR 'lighthouse' tracking.
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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    Never mind all that, what about Half-Life 3?
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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    2015, the year of Valve....It's been all go there recently!

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    Multi-platform support
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    Source2
    Greenlight

    Maybe they will win me back with all this, I have been put off source-engine games for a while due to the way they look, they have needed the new engine for over 5 years IMO, although I guess now is probably a good time to re-write due to all the new APIs appearing (hell, it's like the 90s again!)
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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    Well, I was already interested in a steam controller, so another £50 or so for a cheap box to stream it to my living room tv? Sounds pretty good to me, to be honest.

    I wonder why there is so many USB ports though...
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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    Quote Originally Posted by Jowsey View Post
    I wonder why there is so many USB ports though...
    Cheap to add and pretty much all wired peripherals will be USB. Controllers, HDDs, keyboard, mouse, IR receiver, DVB-T/S/C tuners, scanners, optical drives, etc
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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    Cheap to add and pretty much all wired peripherals will be USB. Controllers, HDDs, keyboard, mouse, IR receiver, DVB-T/S/C tuners, scanners, optical drives, etc
    I'm with you on why you'd want them on a normal computer, but why on a stream box from steam?

    I thought SteamOS was fairly locked down and is only really useful for gaming/game streaming. Therefore nearly all of the above can't be used with SteamOS.

    I can kind of understand if you want a mouse, keyboard and maybe a external hard drive with your music on but I think they could have went for a more 'clean' look without them all. Plus, surely if you can play pc games with a steam controller, you should be able to do anything a mouse can with simplicity?

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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    There are Steam boxes out there today that are running Windows 8.1. These are not all "stream" boxes.

    Just looking at the first spec mentioned in the article:

    GTX 970M graphics processor. Other specs we were told about include the ability to hook up four displays, the inclusion of a 64GB M.2 SSD and a 2.5-inch 1TB HDD and 802.11ac wireless.
    Sounds to me more like a full-on PC in a small case, rather then a Roku.
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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    Quote Originally Posted by Jowsey View Post
    I thought SteamOS was fairly locked down and is only really useful for gaming/game streaming. Therefore nearly all of the above can't be used with SteamOS.
    I wouldn't consider SteamOS to be locked down, at least in its current form, the GNOME desktop and virtually everything else you'll find on Debian is still easily accessible from Big Picture mode.

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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    USB is the universal charging interface these days. I had to buy a USB powered switch to keep my PS3 controllers etc charged as the Wii and PS3 don't have enough ports on them.

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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    There are Steam boxes out there today that are running Windows 8.1. These are not all "stream" boxes.

    Just looking at the first spec mentioned in the article:

    Sounds to me more like a full-on PC in a small case, rather then a Roku.
    I was referring to the $50 streaming device, didn't make that very clear!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DDY View Post
    I wouldn't consider SteamOS to be locked down, at least in its current form, the GNOME desktop and virtually everything else you'll find on Debian is still easily accessible from Big Picture mode.
    I did not know this! Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by DanceswithUnix View Post
    USB is the universal charging interface these days. I had to buy a USB powered switch to keep my PS3 controllers etc charged as the Wii and PS3 don't have enough ports on them.
    I agree, but I didn't think in this situation the number was warranted, guess I'm wrong!

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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    Quote Originally Posted by Jowsey View Post
    I was referring to the $50 streaming device, didn't make that very clear!!
    Well the steamlink only has 2 USB ports and we don't know exactly what it will do.

    Even if its 100% a streaming device the 2 ports could be used for 2 controllers. If it also is going to have sort of media playback then you open the world to external HDDs. And what about their new VR? Guess thats going to have to plug into something

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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    people complaining about too many usb ports?

    They are pretty well hidden if you don't plan to use them (two are on the back and one on the side).

    If you plan on using a mouse and keyboard that's two ports gone and a third can be used for a game controller etc (xbox 360 controllers etc needs a dedicated dongle) if you don't plan on buying a steam controller.

    Although the steam controller hasn't been released yet I'm still pretty sure a real mouse will be better in certain games fps, dota etc so its nice to have the flexibility.

    I'm not even sure if this will be running full steamos - it could just be an arm based system purely dedicated to streaming games with no ability to playback games locally (it could be running android for all we know like nvidias streaming/box console?)

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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    Quote Originally Posted by sam3 View Post
    If you plan on using a mouse and keyboard that's two ports gone
    Unless you get a keyboard with a built-in USB hub, in which case you get 3 things plugged for just the one port...!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jowsey View Post
    Plus, surely if you can play pc games with a steam controller, you should be able to do anything a mouse can with simplicity?
    Have you TRIED playing mouse-centric games with a controller??!!
    Games like Dragon Age and FTL could have you flinging this console out the window within minutes!!

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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    Here's another Steam Machine that's just hit our inbox, from Maingear:

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    Re: New Steam Machines announced by ZOTAC, SYBER and others

    The Steam Link is what I have waited for as i have a full sized pC already but surely there should be wi-fi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    Have you TRIED playing mouse-centric games with a controller??!!
    Games like Dragon Age and FTL could have you flinging this console out the window within minutes!!
    Have you tried playing mouse-centric games with Valve's controller? It really works. Played Civ 5 with wife when she was in hospital & couldn't sit up to use a mouse, swapping the controller between us in a hot-seat game.

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