CES 2014: 12 Steam Machine Prototypes On Show
As we mentioned this morning, this week is going to be dominated by coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show so if you’re not interested there are plenty of good caves to go around. Onto today’s business then. Valve may be developing its own Steam Machines – computers designed to work with Steam OS and the Steam controller – but there are a dozen third-party companies with their own Steam Machine prototypes.
According to Engadget, an even dozen companies will have Steam Machine prototypes on showcase at CES 2014 in Las Vegas this week. The list includes iBuyPower’s $499 console-like PC. Below is the full list:
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- Falcon Northwest
- Origin PC
- Scan Computers
While Valve’s idea of powerful gaming PCs that have the simplicity and ease of a console and function just as well in the living room seems to cater to an non-existent target market, the third-party Steam Machines may be more practical. They might also be something that PC gamers would actually be interested in buying.
These 12 companies may usher in Steam OS and the Steam controller as a viable part of PC gaming because without the support Valve will likely find it difficult to float these creations on their own.