Steam Machines to feature Nvidia, AMD and Intel GPUs

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Last week, Valve revealed specifications for prototype Steam Machines that will be sent to 300 lucky beta testers, with all systems featuring Nvidia graphics cards. Despite Nvidia dominating prototype Steam Machines, Valve confirmed to Maximum PC that when the SteamOS-powered systems...

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Vrmithrax

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It seems like the AMD APUs would almost be ideal for this kind of platform... Lower cost, generally better gaming performance than integrated Intel, and when you slap an AMD graphics card in later you can do the hybrid CrossFire thing...
 
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psycros

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Seems like they're going about this the right way, to me.
I don't see how introducing many of the same driver and compatibility problems as regular PCs really helps. Developers hate spending extra time optimizing for different hardware, testing, fixing post-launch bugs, etc.
 

Chazz

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Hmm, I don't know much about this thing.

Are these consoles or PCs? Will you have the option of choosing all of the internals like PCs?

Are these more controlled like consoles instead? Will Valve limit the GPUs to make them perform even like a console? Is this somewhere inbetween? I don't understand the point of this.

I see potential for Microsoft to do something useful, like merge PC and Console gaming, since Valve will offer both gamepad and keyboard+mouse options and they act like they want to merge everything together anyways. But I doubt they would... they're always two metas behind.
 

penn919

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Hmm, I don't know much about this thing.

Are these consoles or PCs? Will you have the option of choosing all of the internals like PCs?
They are PCs in a console package. From the looks of it, there will be no difference whatsoever between a steam machine and running steam on a PC in big picture mode. The experience is the same...except a regular PC with windows installed is compatible with a LOT more games.
 

Jad Chaar

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It seems like the AMD APUs would almost be ideal for this kind of platform... Lower cost, generally better gaming performance than integrated Intel, and when you slap an AMD graphics card in later you can do the hybrid CrossFire thing...
Yeah that is better than Intel Integrated Graphics.
 
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Intel + Nvidia if you want high end, but sure for budget systems, they're on the right track.

I wouldn't want one of their prebuilt machines anyways. I would however replace Ubuntu with Steam OS on my PC: 3770k@4.8ghz / gtx690@stock / ram16gb@2400mhz / ssd240gb / hdd1tb+1tb+4tb+4tb / 27"monitor2560x1440@120hz

I built it over a year ago with the 240gb sdd and 1tb hdd for storage. Apart from storage I don't plan to upgrade it for at least another year. I'd upgrade to bigger higher res screen if one is released for around a thousand bucks. And then I may need to upgrade my gtx 690 to keep my fps in line with my refresh rate.

I am anxious for more properly supported games in Linux. The Linux Steam client catalog is still limited. Wine works, but not for competitive play with the increased latency. Regardless, bring it on Valve!
 

Chazz

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They are PCs in a console package. From the looks of it, there will be no difference whatsoever between a steam machine and running steam on a PC in big picture mode. The experience is the same...except a regular PC with windows installed is compatible with a LOT more games.
I see, you actually made me try out Big Picture mode. I don't see why I'd use it to replace, or even alongside, my computer. I'll keep an eye on this though.
 

St1ckM4n

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They are PCs in a console package. From the looks of it, there will be no difference whatsoever between a steam machine and running steam on a PC in big picture mode. The experience is the same...except a regular PC with windows installed is compatible with a LOT more games.
I see, you actually made me try out Big Picture mode. I don't see why I'd use it to replace, or even alongside, my computer. I'll keep an eye on this though.
Computer means desk + chair + mouse + keyboard. Steam Box means TV + controller + couch.