CES 2014: Valve Isn’t Releasing Their Own Steam Machine
Well now this is a bit surprising. Following the release of 300 Steam Machines last year, which all went to some very lucky beta participants, Valve’s CEO, good old Gabe Newell, has revealed that the company is not focused on bring their Steam Machine to the market.
In fact, Valve sees itself as the “enabling” other manufacturers to release their own version of a Steam Machine, rather than compete directly with them.
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Speaking at CES on Monday, Newell had this to say about Valve’s entry into the hardware market.
“We’ve been happy with the results of doing hardware development with clients. We have plans to build more machines, but we also expect that users will be really happy with the range of offerings from these hardware manufacturers.”
“I mean, we’ve made 300 [machines], which is a very tiny step. We’ll make what we need to. We really view our role in this as enabling. So we’ll do whatever is going to be helpful to other hardware manufacturers – whether that’s with controller design or building specific kinds of boxes.”
SO basically Valve is happy to just pump out as many controllers as they possibly can for the list of 13 (and counting) Steam Machines that have already been revealed, as well as providing guidance and design help for new manufacturers. That seems like a pretty good business stance to me, as it benefits both parties. Valve gets to push out SteamOS and the manufacturers don’t have to worry about collaborating with a company that is essentially in direct competition with their Steam Machine.