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Valve dates Steam Machines, Controllers, Steam Link

In-store launches for all three set for November 10, Valve releases video of final controller

Valve is ready to launch its campaign to conquer the living room. As reported by Polygon, the company today set release dates for the first wave of official Steam Machines, the Steam Controller, and the Steam Link, with all three landing on store shelves November 10.

However, there is a way for eager gamers to get their hands on the Steam Machines and Controllers a little early. US customers can preorder an Alienware Steam Machine (which includes one of the new Steam Controllers) from GameStop or Steam beginning today, and at least some of those preorders will be filled October 16. Alienware won't be the only hardware partner rolling out its Steam Machine to stores; CyberPower is also expected to launch its own systems on November 10, with additional manufacturers rolling out their own preorder programs soon.

While Steam Machines may have a competitive price advantage on their console counterparts when it comes to many games, they won't enjoy the same perk on the hardware front. The least expensive Steam Machines will ring up at $449. The Steam Link, which plugs into a TV and streams Steam games from nearby computers, will be available for $49/€54. Extra Steam Controllers will also cost $49/€54.

"We are super curious to find out which products customers try first, what their experiences are, and how that learning can help [us] continue to expand their Steam experience in the days and years following launch," Valve's DJ Powers told Polygon. "Our goal is to expand Steam's capabilities beyond the desktop."

Update: Valve has released video showcasing the final version of its long-in-the-making controller: a highly customisable compromise between the accessibility of a joypad and the precision of a mouse and keyboard. Take a look.

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Latest comments (6)

Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 4 years ago
Nice. I dislike Game, but have just finished pre-ordering a Controller from them. £60 is a steep price for a pad, but the attached £20 Steam Wallet code offsets it nicely. It's also a lovely little nudge into buying something on Steam - everyone who buys a pad with a wallet code is an instant customer on Steam, regardless of what they buy. And no doubt there'll be a Sale timed with the actual release, too.

I don't think it's coincidental that this has been announced right-after the Refund System going live, either.

Hmmm... £40 if bought directly from Steam and picked up at Game. Pretty decent work-around to the problem of how Valve would ship them out - they don't!

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 4th June 2015 5:35pm

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4 years ago
The 2GB 860M announced for Alienware is not going to look any good once those unavoidable Witcher 3 comparison videos start rolling in. Considering the graphics card is the single most performance enhancing part of your PC and the bottle neck for upcoming technologies such as VR glasses, the decision to make that the one part you cannot change seems insane. Especially since Dell/Alienware is the largest manufacturer of MXM cards out there.
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 4 years ago
It very much depends. A quick Google reveals the 860M is just under the 750ti in terms of power, and there's an interesting thread on Gaf about how an i3 and 750ti matched the PS4's Witcher 3 settings with a more stable fps than the PS4 managed. ( http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1048758 ).

So, will that particular spec match a gaming PC and Witcher 3? Nope. Will it convert some console gamers who want better performance, though? Probably maybe? That's the market that's being targeted, so it's more than likely, I'd say.

Definitely, though, it's underpowered for VR. And it is a damn shame it can't be upgraded. But, you get what you pay for. Consoles aren't perfect either. :)
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4 years ago
This is a synthetic test benchmark listing all the cards.
http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu_list.php

The PS4 GPU was described as very close to the Radeon 7850, which has a score of 3740. This is in line with the score of the 750Ti, which is 3691 and the Neogaf observation about the performance of Witcher 3. The 860M has a score of 1641, which is something players will notice.

There has yet a Steam Box to be found which can compete with a console or a $600 PC. They exist at both price points, but never in a way that makes them appealing.
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 4 years ago
Well, my Googling was very quick. :)
There has yet a Steam Box to be found which can compete with a console or a $600 PC. They exist at both price points, but never in a way that makes them appealing.
See, it's...

Yes, what you say is entirely true. :)

But in another way... The PS4 is going to get cheaper up to a point, but at the same time, it's going to show its age more and more. Whilst a $400 Steam Machine may not be able to compete with a PS4 now, what about in 6 month's time? Or a year? The price may not change, but what you get for the money will. Especially if you sit down and reason it out financially (digital console game prices vs Steam prices). In a very real way, Valve needed to delay Steam Machines longer... But there's no perfect time to go all-in on this, so... :)

It's gonna be interesting, that's for sure. :)

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Justin Biddle Software Developer 4 years ago
Is it just me or does the shape of the controller remind you of the awkward and uncomfortable size of the original xbox controller?

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