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Ogle 12 of the 13 Steam Boxes

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Steam Machines! We’ve been rambling about these things for quite some time now, and the great news is that they’re hitting the market later this year. Some of them are really, really expensive – like two nVidia GeForce Titans stuck together kind of expensive. But then there are a couple that seem to be more bank account friendly.

Website (and magazine) Stuff got a big shipping container from Valve a few days ago. Inside that container were 12 of the planned 13 Steam Boxes. The guys at Stuff, being the massive tech geeks they are, fondled, fawned over and photographed all 12 of them so that we all get to do the same thanks to the power of THE INTERNET.

Obviously, we’re not posting all 12 here, so if you want to check out all of them, then pay Stuff a visit. They have some interactive GIF files of each of the Steam Boxes, so you can zoom in and out and pretend you own one of these things. Or, you know, you can just pretend your PC is a Steam Box, because these all (save one or two) look pretty much like PCs. Do I sound slightly disappointed, or do I sound as if I have newfound respect for the people who design PlayStations and Xbox consoles?

In related news, Valve has unveiled the final build of that very exciting looking Steam Controller. A few weeks back they announced they were dropping the touchscreen to make way for a D-pad and face buttons for backwards compatibility purposes. The final model is actually rather shmexy and I still totally want one.

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Source: Stuff

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  • Alex Rowley

    And people said the X1 looks like a box.

    • Squirly

      Maybe a dodecahedron is just a bitch to design for?

      • Alex Rowley

        If people can make PCs in the shape of spiders I don’t really see why a dodecahedron shaped rig isn’t possible.

        But seriously some of those steam machines look like cheap amps or heaters. A little flair goes a long way.

        • Miklós Szecsei

          I also thought a few of them looked like amps. Or subwoofers.

        • http://dinosaur-signal.tumblr.com/ Miktar Dracon

          Y’know, there’s nothing wrong with thinking of a PC as an appliance, and not some kind of fashion or bling :P

          • Alex Rowley

            Haha but you don’t want to keep mistaking your PC for a toaster either :p

        • Squirly

          Can the spider PC be built on an easily adaptable, already existing assembly line? Because if not, it’s worthless. Unless you want to pay U$800 and upwards for one that also has decent specs.

          • Alex Rowley

            I actually have no clue. I saw the spider cases at RAGE. they looked pretty cool and all the components seemed to fit fine. Lets be honest though if your getting a spider case I doubt money is worrying you.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

          The non-flashy designs are part of Valve’s Steam Machines program and just like the Xbox One, your eyes don’t need to be drawn to the hardware but rather to the contents of your screen. Valve and others want you to just consume more content and advertising and they don’t want you distracted.

          • Alex Rowley

            I can understand that but some of them just look sooo ugly lol.

            I think Valve and Microsoft might be over thinking that kind of stuff as well, nobody is going to be staring at the consoles while it’s on. Unless it’s on fire.

  • FanieNel

    I just want one. One controller to play all them games.

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