As they promised, Valve unveiled another piece to the Steam ecosystem. As predicted, it was a hardware announcement related to Steam OS. Thus far, these “Steam Machines” have no specifications nor any pricing.
So what do we know thus far then?
- There will be multiple manufacturers putting out their own Steam Machines
- They will come in different performance grades
- The will debut some time in 2014
- You can apply to be 1 of 300 testers of Valve’s in-house developed Steam Machine.
I found this “announcement” to be a crock of shit. There’s so little info about the OS as it is and now we get an even more nebulous hardware unveiling. They couldn’t even tease a few manufacturers? How about some price ranges or even a mockup of their own box? Hell, why didn’t they just thrown out a TFLOP number for us to work with?
At least they hinted at one thing. Their next announcement will likely be controller related.
Am I going to be using a mouse and a keyboard in the living-room?
If you want. But Steam and SteamOS work well with gamepads, too. Stay tuned, though – we have some more to say very soon on the topic of input.
Hopefully that’s more exciting than their previous announcements. This whole exercise appears to be premature.