Valve to ship Steam Machines, Steam Controllers and SteamOS this Friday

By Shawn Knight · 14 replies
Dec 12, 2013
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  1. Valve has announced plans to ship official Steam Machines and Steam Controllers starting this Friday. Unfortunately, not just anyone can go out and pick up a system. That’s because the first batch of prototypes are being sent to just 300...

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  2. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 215   +32

    Is this suppose to operate independent of my PC or with my PC?
    Will I be able to play my Steam games on both my PC and console or are there "Steam console only" games.

    Anyone know if their controller will work with the PC?
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,725   +3,699

    I'm not really interested in the Steam Machine. I am interested in Steam OS. I'm wanting to test drive the Steam OS so badly, I've halted my interest in all other Linux distro's until I've tried Steam OS. I figure if I'm going to start with Linux, I might as well start with distro designed for gaming.
  4. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    I've been wanting to get away from Windows for years now, and for so many reasons. Unfortunately Linux was never an option for a gamer (which is what we're all hoping is about to change now), so I never really bothered getting into it.

    I've read that SteamOS doesn't come with a proper installer quite yet, and that you'll need to have some knowledge of how Linux works in order to install it. That's a bit disappointing, but I'm sure there will be guides online pretty soon. Valve will add a proper installer eventually, but presumably not until sometime next year along with the official launch of their Steam Machine.
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  5. Divvet

    Divvet TS Member Posts: 57   +19

    This is supposed to be a "living room" box. So it is independent to your pc. Whilst having a PC is not required, if you want to play the games that are only Windows compatible on the Steam box, you will a PC with Windows to do so.
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  6. pheonixnexus

    pheonixnexus TS Rookie Posts: 17

    The steambox is more of a computer that can be hooked into your tv, valve has said steambox come with steam OS. I think they said you can load and maybe dual boot windows.

    Steam os is a mod of linux and in theory support linux games and games that are omtimized for the os itself. if you had windows installed I guess you could switch and load steam on your windows OS.

    and yes the controller will work with windows and I think it has be demoed.

    I could be wrong though this is just what I remember.
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,318

    Steam OS is not a "mod" of linux in the traditional method, its more a "version" of it.
    But yea. pheonix pretty much said it right. Its a PC with steam OS preinstalled on it instead of windows. The controller will work with windows as far as I remember.
  8. Fbarnett

    Fbarnett TS Booster Posts: 210   +30

    Has the NSA approved this?
  9. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Okay, cool, units are shipping. But how are they usable when we can't log into multiple locations with the same Steam account??
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    With so many set top boxes available to the consumer all promising to do the same thing I'll just let all the manufacturers duke it out until the winners emerge before I take any interest.
  11. It could possibly use features similar to the family share that has been in beta allowing you to share your game library with other user accounts, you wouldn't be able to play the same game on each account simultaneously, but that hardly matters. Of course this is all just a guess, but it makes the most sense to me and is overly practical, something steam seems to shoot for.
  12. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I'm pretty sure that's what the library sharing option is all about. This is exactly what I was planning to do with the new sharing feature - share it with my TV room account. It's not like I can be playing it in two locations at the same time.
  13. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    But that's two accounts. How can streaming from main rig work if they are separate accounts? That's why I'm surprised that the multiple-sign-in hasn't been implemented yet, because it's pretty much required.
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,725   +3,699

    I don't understand why streaming would require different or multiply accounts. In my mind streaming would link both together using the same login. I mean what would be the point of streaming, if you had to login on the receiving machine?
  15. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    That's exactly my point, CC. Currently, you can't log in to the same account from two locations.

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