It seems like November 2013 is going to be remembered as the month of new consoles. Sony launched the PlayStation 4 in the US on the 14th, Microsoft’s Xbox One was last Thursday and the rest of the world gets their PS4s this Thursday.but as well this week we had the announcement of the first commercial third-party version of the Steam Machine to hit the market.
This Steam Machine prototype is produced by iBuyPower with the following specs; a multicore AMD CPU, AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card, 500gb hard drive with both bluetooth and Wifi abilities and the product is priced at $499.
This news story is amazing in two ways, while I am not technically savvy enough to know the computer parts interact with each other, I am assured that iBuyPower’s prototype is better than the two consoles and can run major game titles at the elusive 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second at the price of this competition but for me what gets me excited of this product is what the Steam Machine includes. This Steam Machine comes with a Steam Controller and the copy of the free Steam Operating System, this means that this particular Steam Machine could drop another $60 or so if iBuy just wanted to sell their machine without Valve’s patented SteamController.
Depending on how well received this product is after launch in 2014 it could open the floodgates for other computer parts companies. My personal prediction is that by the end of 2014 companies like Nvidia, AMD, and ASUS will announce their plans for releasing their own Steam Boxes with their own hardware. Without having to spend additional resources buying the rights to operating system product keys for mass production private organizations get their foot in the door by making their own companies out of their garages and producing custom Steam Machine orders for anyone on the internet.
I said it once and I will say it again, I will pay good money (specs pending) for an honest to goodness purple GABECUBE.
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