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This guy got a Steam Machine

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Corey Nelson was one of those select few who will be taking part in the Steam Machine beta. He got his ย hardware, and made an unboxing video.

First up, here’s the unboxing:

For those of you who can’t or don’t watch videos, here’s the run down: The Steam Machine comes in an impressive wooden box. Seriously, that case alone looks cool. But let’s look at what’s inside the box. Packed in foam is a heavy Steam Box, the controller, a manual, and HDMI cable, USB cable (to charge the controller), a power cable, a wifi antenna and a recovery USB key. The box itself looks rather nondescript, although I suppose we can’t really complain – the Xbox One also isn’t much to look at.

In his next video, Nelson proceeds to look inside the Steam Machine box:

For those non-video people among you, the components are all tightly packed in the box. To be honest, this guy doesn’t sound that interesting to me. However, for those who like these kinds of things, you can watch him unscrew the whole box and see all the housing, connectors and all the bits and pieces.

Now that I’ve seen the actual Steam Machine, I’m not sure I see the point in buying a commercially manufactured one – you could just as easily make one out of a PC and load up the OS and buy a controller. The box itself seems so bland and uninteresting. That said, it depends on the retail price of these things. If it’s equivalent to a console, then it will be cheaper than a gaming PC and thus more affordable. I’m really keen to get my hands on one of these, but I’m less impressed with the actual look of the Machine.

Then again, it is still in hardware beta – and we’ll be seeing a few different Steam machines in the future.ย 

Last Updated: December 17, 2013

74 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    December 17, 2013 at 10:07

    I really appreciate it that you’re telling us poor non-video watching folk what’s in the video. Nothing more annoying than going to an article & all it consists of is a video with zero description.

    Reply

    • Hillbilly gamer

      December 17, 2013 at 10:25

      Know your pain was for 21 years of my life with broadband connections.

      Reply

  2. Admiral Chief in Vegas

    December 17, 2013 at 10:08

    Steam ftw!

    I’M NOT WEARING PAAAANTS LALALALALA

    Reply

    • CodeName Tailgunner

      December 17, 2013 at 10:09

      You dont need pants for a victory dance

      Reply

      • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

        December 17, 2013 at 13:21

        Because Erwin’s better than Trevor…

        Reply

    • JJ's horrible secret (John)

      December 17, 2013 at 10:14

      Dude. You liking New Vegas? (don’t say no)

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        December 17, 2013 at 11:39

        Rather nice hey, felt a bit underwhelmed at first, then the combat system kicked in, awwww yeah

        Reply

        • Zubayr Bhyat

          December 18, 2013 at 07:33

          Great game. Just make sure you’re level 20 and above before attacking deathclaws.

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            December 18, 2013 at 09:20

            Heh, noticed that last night. Took one down, but gave up on the second.

          • Zubayr Bhyat

            December 18, 2013 at 09:22

            well, a tip for you: explosives and high powered rifles to the legs do wonders, even for the Legendary Deathclaw ๐Ÿ˜› Also, use a multiplas rifle to take down the legendary cazadore later on.

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            December 18, 2013 at 09:36

            Noted, first one was taken down by blowing up legs

          • Zubayr Bhyat

            December 18, 2013 at 09:38

            never fails ๐Ÿ˜› the legendary ones run away when cripped ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

      December 17, 2013 at 10:15

      I loved that about my week off… I just sat there playing Dark Souls in my underpants!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      December 17, 2013 at 10:16

      Stop stealing my thunder. Emperors wear no clothes, not Admirals.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        December 17, 2013 at 11:33

        Oh, I’m wearing mah boxer shorts at least

        Reply

    • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

      December 17, 2013 at 10:19

      Sies. Nou gan almal nagmerries kry. RUUUUUUUUUN

      Reply

      • JJ's horrible secret (John)

        December 17, 2013 at 10:20

        And you thought Unavengedavo had weird stuff going on.

        Reply

        • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

          December 17, 2013 at 10:21

          *shudders*

          Reply

        • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

          December 17, 2013 at 10:32

          Clearly you did not see my response below…

          ” loved that about my week off… I just sat there playing Dark Souls in my underpants!! :D”

          Reply

          • JJ's horrible secret (John)

            December 17, 2013 at 10:35

            O_O
            I can actually believe that you have Dark Souls in your underpants. Probably where they all originate from.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 17, 2013 at 11:05

            They come out in many after some baked beans on toast!

      • Hammersteyn

        December 17, 2013 at 10:36

        The Admiral torpedo is hanging loose.

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief in Vegas

          December 17, 2013 at 11:34

          Hahaha, sank the Mrs Kempff battleship with the torpedo

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            December 17, 2013 at 11:39

            LOL

    • Hammersteyn

      December 17, 2013 at 10:35

      I thought it was you that got the machine. Vacation eh? Here’s hoping for zero load shedding in your area.

      Reply

  3. Admiral Chief in Vegas

    December 17, 2013 at 10:08

    What is “qweโ€™ll” precious?

    Reply

    • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

      December 17, 2013 at 10:13

      • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

        December 17, 2013 at 10:16

        Dude you have serious issues lol

        Reply

        • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

          December 17, 2013 at 10:20

          Lol, what’s wrong with a young lady brushing her teeth in her underwear? And I don’t hear you complaining ๐Ÿ˜›

          Reply

          • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

            December 17, 2013 at 10:21

            She can’t do it right! It’s everywhere!

            Clearly she needs medical attention of the mental kind.

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            December 17, 2013 at 10:55

            Agreed. And after looking at that gif, now I do too…

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        December 17, 2013 at 10:17

        I can watch this gif all day long… that toothbrush fetish!! mmmmm….. brush.. brush…

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          December 17, 2013 at 10:34

          Bwahaha

          Reply

        • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

          December 17, 2013 at 10:36

          Is it wrong if I am weirdly turned on by this? I wasn’t at first, but the longer I watch it…

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            December 17, 2013 at 10:38

            Same here… I’m kind of mesmerised… brush brush…

          • ToshZA

            December 17, 2013 at 10:48

            Well normally yes – but it’s you, so no it’s not really wrong.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 17, 2013 at 11:03

            you naughty boy! Santa bringing you a piece of coal for that!

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            December 17, 2013 at 11:04

            Lol! Hey man, why you keep leaving the SOMA Whatsapp group?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 17, 2013 at 11:05

            I made a boo boo and dont know how to get it back… New to using Whatsapp!

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            December 17, 2013 at 11:07

            Haha! We all thought you hated us now…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            December 17, 2013 at 11:09

            dude why would I hate you guys…

      • ToshZA

        December 17, 2013 at 10:31

        Totally disgusting, but totally you.

        Reply

      • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

        December 17, 2013 at 10:55

        What the hell!!! Man! It’s only Monday!

        Reply

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          December 17, 2013 at 10:57

          Uh.. Tuesday…

          Reply

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            December 17, 2013 at 10:57

            lol Damn it!

      • Sageville

        December 17, 2013 at 13:55

        Who brushes their teeth on a couch?

        Reply

  4. HvR

    December 17, 2013 at 10:09

    Valve is going to be in so much trouble. MS is going to sue their pants off for copying the xbox One design.

    Reply

    • Johan du Preez

      January 27, 2014 at 14:11

      Whahaha then the inventor of the VCR player will sue MS for making the Xbox one look like it.

      Reply

  5. Dean

    December 17, 2013 at 10:12

    Such kitty racists. How are my cats going to play with that box if it’s not cardboard?

    Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      December 17, 2013 at 10:16

      This! Why do people not consider the plight of the Cat? When I unboxed my PS4, the cats found the cardboard box to be the best thing ever. It was Cat Christmas!

      Reply

    • iAmWeasel

      December 17, 2013 at 11:51

      You don’t honestly think the commercial version of the steam box is actually going to come in a wooden box, right? Right??

      Reply

  6. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    December 17, 2013 at 10:20

    I think I may jump into the Steam Machine buying with Steam Machine 2.0

    When all the bugs have been worked out and they have it running nice and solid.

    Reply

    • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

      December 17, 2013 at 10:22

      I’d rather just turn my existing PC in to a steam machine if the OS is good instead of buying a whole new box

      Reply

      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        December 17, 2013 at 10:33

        I like the idea of dedicated hardware and a nice look for my living room area. I will see closer to the time about pricing etc… Pretty amped for it.

        Reply

  7. ToshZA

    December 17, 2013 at 10:34

    He’s as dull as the Steam Machine. I think I’ll stick with my pc, thanks anyway Valve.

    Reply

  8. FoxOneZA

    December 17, 2013 at 10:42

    So Zoe, are you unimpressed with the design of the Steam Machine’s? ๐Ÿ˜›

    Reply

    • ToshZA

      December 17, 2013 at 10:47

      Steam Machine’s what? You left that possessive awfully ambiguous.

      Reply

  9. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    December 17, 2013 at 10:47

    I kind of expected to be wowed…. it just looks like a big wii :/ Sigh Valve, you almost had me there. You almost bagged yourself a banana!

    Reply

    • JJ's horrible secret (John)

      December 17, 2013 at 10:51

      Dude. That’s Valve’s whole thing. They’re not showy, never have been. It’s just function. Plain and simple.

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        December 17, 2013 at 10:56

        But I want some bling for my man cave!!!!

        Reply

        • JJ's horrible secret (John)

          December 17, 2013 at 10:59

          Steam isn’t the company to expect that from. Hence why I love them so much. Look at Uplay and Origin. Looks fancy, not a 10th as functional as Steam.

          Though I do understand, bling for the man-cave is a must. Rather go for understated than overstated though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          Reply

        • Robert Hart

          December 17, 2013 at 14:54

          Then buy the Samsung version of Steambox ๐Ÿ™‚

          Reply

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      December 17, 2013 at 10:53

      Oh please! Bag a Nana? It’s not possible to bag something that doesn’t exist!

      Reply

    • iAmWeasel

      December 17, 2013 at 11:55

      Initially I was intrigued by the idea of Steam boxes, but watching this now.. honestly I think this thing is gonna tank. PC guys like PC gaming because.. it’s a PC. This is like the worst of both worlds. Not quite console and not quite PC. If I ever get back into PC gaming I’ll rather build my own rig and install Steam OS on it with dual boot. Seems more sensible.

      Reply

      • Robert Hart

        December 17, 2013 at 14:53

        This is a dev box to test the software. Besides the controller, I doubt Valve will ever release their own Steambox.

        The term “Steambox” is about the same as “android smartphone”. You should begin to see numerous tech companies such as LG, Samsung, Asus and so on, each releasing their own “Steambox” with their own choice of chosen internals. What they all have in common would be SteamOS and the controller.

        Reply

        • iAmWeasel

          December 17, 2013 at 17:31

          If this is true then it will be even more pointless than I thought.

          Reply

  10. iAmWeasel

    December 17, 2013 at 11:57

    Yisss this guy is a PC dork through and through.. I suspect his name is probably Norman.

    Reply

  11. Sageville

    December 17, 2013 at 13:54

    I’m curious about the upgrading of these Steam machines, I assume the steam library will continue to get better next-gen games, at some point the steam machine will not be able to play some games.

    Then what? Is it disposable tech or will they release hardware upgrades….

    Reply

    • Robert Hart

      December 17, 2013 at 14:51

      I dont believe Steam will ever release a steambox of their own. These seem to be dev kits so that people can test out the software.

      The term “Steambox” is about the same as “android smartphone”. You should begin to see numerous tech companies such as LG, Samsung, Asus and so on, each releasing their own “Steambox” with their own choice of chosen internals. What they all have in common would be SteamOS and the controller.

      I expect the upgrade cycle would be the same as the consoles upgrade cycles. Like upgrading your sony console (from version PS3 to version PS4) every 5 years, you would upgrade your LG Steambox 1 to an LG Steambox 2.

      At the end its going to be very good for us, because the competition between the different companies is going to push them to pack more of a punch and for less of the price. We will also probably get some awesome game bundles with it.

      Reply

      • Sageville

        December 17, 2013 at 14:59

        Cool reply

        Reply

      • Acornbread

        December 18, 2013 at 11:27

        I think it’s an appealing prospect for console gamers. Better hardware than the new consoles, options for game modding, huge library of awesome games not limited to one generation, Steam sales, no multiplayer subscriptions, etc. It all really depends on how this SteamOS turns out but if it delivers, Sony and Microsoft will have serious competition. Did I mention Steam sales?

        Reply

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