Were Steam Machines a Dumb Idea

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Were Steam Machines a Dumb Idea?

Valve’s Steam PCs. This first episode of Freedom Penguin “For The Record” deals head on with the train wreck that is Valve’s investment in hardware. Not all is lost however, as Linux Gaming reaped the benefits from Valve’s efforts.


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Matt Hartley
Freedom Penguin’s founder & talking head – Matt has over a decade working with Linux desktops, his operating system experience consists of both Windows and Linux operating platforms. In addition to writing articles on Linux and open source technology for Datamation.com and OpenLogic.com/wazi, Matt also once served as a co-host for a popular Linux-centric podcast.

Matt has written about various software titles, such as Moodle, Joomla, WordPress, openCRX, Alfresco, Liferay and more. He also has additional Linux experience working with Debian based distributions, openSUSE, CentOS, and Arch Linux.

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You would be right if the market where that. But I think the intended market, still virgin, is to compete with PS4 and Xbox3 with cheaper games, and a better multimedia experience. I think the problem is that there is no SoC or CPU/GPU cheap and good enough combination that where offered, at least to play at 720p the Steam games. Also there where not at the time videos explaining how to add steam wine to the menu, and Chrome/ium, and emulators (As easy as if it where a non Steam game) So the problem is that that to compete… Read more »
Thomas Pfeiffer
I agree with most of your point, but not with the point that there is no reason to want a dedicated gaming PC. I have my regular desktop PC, which is a low-power all-in-one device which is not really spec’ed for gaming because I use it a lot and I don’t want it to consume lots of power. Then, on the other end of the room, I have my TV. Yes, I could of course have a long HDMI cable across the room, but then I’d still need a more energy-consuming, more noisy gaming-ready PC to do my office work… Read more »
Joseph Dickson

No, It lit a fire under Nvidia’s and Microsoft’s ass to take Steam seriously and the Linux community benefited as a result.