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Valve has no plans to bring its own Steam Machine to market, at least not yet

Wednesday, 8th January 2014 15:57 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Valve brought 13 Steam machine models to CES 2014, but one was missing: its own. This is because Valve has no plans to release its own version of the machine, at least not yet.

Speaking during session at CES 2014 attended by RPS, Valve head Gabe Newell said the studio will make the decision whether to release its own machine “as we go along.”

“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,” he said.

“I mean, we’ve made 300 [of them], which is very tiny stuff. You know, 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 something specifically tied to boxes. It’s very much about how we can collaborate with the chip-makers and the system integrators. What’s the most useful thing for us to do? Part of the reason for holding events like this is to get feedback from them about what are the next problems they’d like us to take on.”

SteamOS and Steam Machine designer Kassidy Gerber told RPS Valve is working with manufacturers because “they know their customers and they know hardware better than us right now.”

“Right now we’re not planning to bring the prototype to market,” she said. “It doesn’t mean we never will, but right now we’re really working with third-party hardware to build their own Steam Machines. We think they know their customers and they know hardware better than us right now.

“In the first year of Steam Machines, our main audience is people telling us they want to bring their Steam library into the living room. Right now, there’s no way for people to really do that well.”

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6 Comments

  1. pukem0n

    even Valve doesn’t want to make a steam machine. this will tank ^^

    #1 12 months ago
  2. yeoung

    That *clunk* sound was my interest in Steam Machines coming to a grinding halt. After a bevvy of woefully misguided set-ups and frankly delirious pricing, Valve’s own SM was a last vestige of hope, instantly undone by this non-announcement.

    How very sad, guess it’ll be a “regular” self-built rig, then. HDMI + controller support and a dual-boot will have to do.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Citrus raptor

    What if they made one of their own, and it was considered worse than the rest? Now that would be awkward…

    #3 12 months ago
  4. TheBlackHole

    They’re releasing an operating system. What can tank about releasing a free OS that can be run on any existing windows or Linux machine, as well as custom hardware?

    The only thing that can ‘tank’ is the sales of the hardware manufacturer’s offerings. Valve lose nothing here.

    Valve releasing a Steambox doesn’t make sense right now either. No-one would develop hardware for them if they were already releasing their own machine. This way, they get to test the water at other people’s expense, and if the concept takes off then they can launch their own product.

    People saying Valve have dropped the ball here have missed the point. Completely.

    #4 12 months ago
  5. yeoung

    @TBH:

    Duly noted, though I do feel compelled to mention that with an established/noteworthy install base, big picture mode, a.o the conditions as well as Valve’s current momentum seem solid enough to put a piece on the board. They hold cards the big console players simply don’t have; (potential) vr component compatibility, mod support, upgrading, etc.

    I say the time is quite right, but once the hardware component of this equation fizzles into naught but a rare basement ode to decadence, Valve will have missed the window. Not its only window, mind, but certainly a foot in the door. Especially considering the early adopters new-shiny-things phase is over and people start objectively critiquing the new consoles.

    Besides, no one is making hardware for Valve, they’re simply pre-loading the aforementioned OS. Valve is actively sitting out a shot to turn the games industry on its ass, something highlighted numerous times to be their M.O concerning this side of the entertainment space.

    In short: Valve had an opportune moment to materialize their mission statement, they didn’t take it.

    p.s I realized the consoles aren’t their only competition, but bridging the gap certainly provides a nice platform for the larger battle.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. Dragon

    @4,5,
    As stated, Valve loses NOTHING here. They just developed a controller (which everyone can), and a “custom” linux OS (which also anyone can), and pasted Steam on it.

    Just old wine in not even a new bottle, but pasting a new logo on it.

    #6 11 months ago

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