The High End PC Gaming Rig With Steam OS/Steam Controller
So why are these systems likely to fail? Well, they are just too expensive. Each of the Steam Machines mentioned is priced over $1500. That is three times the cost of an XBox One or PS4 console system but many of them will cost much more as they are configurable up to pricing as high as $6000, ten times the cost of a console. Sure, they have way more performance than those consoles but if you going to just hook it up to the TV, what is the point of spending that much? After all, these systems are overkill when it comes to gaming at 1080p resolutions which is what the majority of people will use with it. The audience for these systems likely already have a high end Windows based gaming system setup to use multiple displays or a 4K PC display.
The Dual Boot Windows/Steam OS Steam Machine
The problem boils down to the fact that if you have Windows and Steam installed in Windows, you can already hook it up to your TV and use it to play your games through the Big Picture mode. Why bother with using the Steam OS over the Windows installation? If you are looking at the Steam OS offering a higher performance, early testing between the two has found that . Admittedly, this is testing done with the Steam OS beta so that could change but it is not likely to have any dramatic difference. What makes the Steam Machines different is they are sold with the Steam Controller, but if the controllers are sold separately, then you are once again back to the issue of why have Steam OS over Windows in such a machine?
The Mid-Range Steam Machine Problem
The Steam Machines Most Likely to SucceedIn order for the Steam Machines to be taken seriously, they need to be priced in line with the dedicated consoles. This means that you should not be priced more than around $600. Thankfully, there were a number of Steam Machines at this price point. They include systems from CyberpowerPC, iBUYPOWER and Zotac. Now the performance for these may vary pretty far as they have some widely different components in them and some will be customizable which means that their price can go above $600. In general though, they should work just fine for games at the crucial 1080p resolution of the HDTVs that people would be connecting to.
Another successful tactic is that of Maingear as . Here the goal isn’t just raw performance but portability. The system is just four and a half inches square by two and a half inches high. That is small enough that one could easily unplug it and take it with them on a vacation or to a friend’s house to play some games. The specifications look to be decent for playing games up to the 1080p resolution of HDTVs but the big unknown is the pricing. Once again, if the system ends up costing double what a traditional console is, it will make it a more difficult option for those considering a Steam Machine instead of a console.