During CES 2014, Valve revealed 13 different Steam Machines from various manufacturers. From top-of-the-line machine builds, to valid competitors to Xbox One and Playstation 4, Steam Machines are a varied bunch. After reviewing the specs on each of the machines, most of them seem to be rebranded pre-built PC towers,with IBuyPower, Cyberpower, and Alienware’s console-esque products being the exception.
During the announcement of Steam Machines, I had been under the impression that the various builds would be simplified into: good, great, and best as the classification types. What they are pushing instead falls into the same trap as selling gaming PC’s is in now: it’s overly complicated. With so many variations on the actual specs of these machines, I have to wonder if any console gamers will actually know how to tell which machine will be best price for their money. The fact that most of these machines are as expensive, or even more expensive than an Xbox One ($499 and up) may repel consumers.
I fear that without proper messaging, Steam Machines may fall flat as they are more expensive, more complicated, and more varied than any of their competitor’s offerings. While I do have high hopes for Valve, this first unveiling has me more worried than excited. Are you pumped about Valve’s new machines? Or are you put off by the release of 13 different console replacements? Post your comments below.