You guys must know that I’m excited about Valve’s Steam Machines. I’m sure they’re just a gimmick, but it’s a gimmick that I’m happy to jump on. And apparently a bunch of over big names agree with me.
- Falcon Northwest
- iBuyPower (obviously)
- Origin PC
- Scan Computers
This is just the early list – who knows, maybe we’ll see even more companies jump on the band wagon. That said, this is a pretty awesome list; it will be great to see an Alienware version of the Steam Machine, especially considering how alien that controller design is to us all so far. All machines will run SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system.
I know a lot of people are thinking this will fail, and it might, but I must say that I adore the Valve ethos – let everyone work on what they think will be awesome, and it probably will be. In an interview with the Washington Post, Valve CEO and co-founder Gabe Newell explained:
So the key thing was that people bear the consequences of their own choices, so if I spend my time on it the only persons time I’m wasting is mine. Over time, I think people sort of recognize how useful it is for people to vote with their time. There is a huge amount of wisdom in people’s decisions about what they personally want to work on next.
I hope the Steam Machine is a success. I’ll have a way better chance of getting through my Steam backlog if I can do it from the comfort of my couch, especially if I get to use a controller with haptic feedback. Bring on those good vibrations. Of course, it’s probably worth noting that you could just build your own “Steam Machine” instead of paying the premium that many of these companies will charge.
Last Updated: January 6, 2014