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The Zotac Steam Machine ZBOX NEN SN970 impressed OC3D in their review

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Some good news about the whole Steam Machine parade, OC3D did a pretty long review of the ZBOX NEN SN970 and they liked it so much they gave it an award.

They seem like they are one of the few major websites to actually talk about it all properly, and actually put some thought into what they are writing:
QuoteLike most things that are new SteamOS and Valve's Steam Machines suffer from a few problems, most of which are simply due to the fact that SteamOS is new, different and not like PC gaming as we know it.

This is very similar to a new games console, and a lot of the issues with Linux/SteamOS gaming can be easily described as the plagues of being an Early adopter. Right now many people will argue that SteamOS does not have many games, to which I will say that neither did the Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One when it was initially launched.

Right now SteamOS has over 1000 compatible games on the Steam Service, which is a lot of games to say the least. While plenty of new games are not released on Linux right not, more are certainly coming, and more and more developers are becoming increasingly interested in PC gaming outside of Windows.


Stuff like this really gives me hope about our future, if only other sites were more positive on the experience. Hopefully in a year or so people will re-review it to see if it's any better.

What do you guys think? Would love one myself, but at £800 I can't afford it. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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ChiKin 30 Nov, 2015
I think Valve and their hardware partners knew this would be an uphill battle. I mean if they didn't they were kind of stupid. Lots of people think that something is only worth doing if it is easy, but maybe, just maybe Valve have the foresight to realise that some things are worth doing because they are hard. And this is an early adopter platform. It is cutting edge in many ways and that's why it sucks to some extent and has some problems like low performance, high prices and a limited selection of titles.

What I would do if I was Valve is discount the portion of the sale they take for their own platform. So if you port you get more of the cash for selling your game. This will go some ways to make up for the shortfall in sales and encourage porting. But that's not the only way. You just got to stick to it and make it work. The potential pay offs are huge.

Gamers in general seem like they have brains made of brick. They don't realise that even though the hardware is expensive, the games are cheap. And of course, they have to play the Uber graphics AAA titles that are overproduced, overpriced and unfun to play. If you buy a Steam machine there are plenty of games that you will sink enough hours into not to get bored, and they are really fun. It's like people have forgotten that games are supposed to be fun and just want ultra-realistic graphics and celebrity voice actors.

The thing for me is that even if Valve fails, they did something for Linux, and it will stick. The annoying thing about Linux is that no matter how stiff the competition is, it just never dies. It doesn't care about stock market crashes or buyouts. If linux desktops were products sold by companies it would have died a quick death, but it's not and it won't. If this isn't the time for Linux, it will come, because devs and users won't give up on it, and eventually an ambitious company with good sense and foresight will try what Valve and Canonical did and it will just work.

Sorrry for the long comment. Had a few drinks.
Hal_Kado 9 Dec, 2015
A few people discussed netflix support. I really hope this shows up in steamos, I'd love to see a steam machine that could completely remove the need for an appletv or console. As it stands it just plays games, which I'm happy they focused on, but isn't enough to justify a purchase just yet imo. Personally I think I will buy either a steam machine when it gets netflix, or an appletv if it gets a steam streaming client :D
sarmad 9 Dec, 2015
Quoting: HalKadoA few people discussed netflix support. I really hope this shows up in steamos, I'd love to see a steam machine that could completely remove the need for an appletv or console. As it stands it just plays games, which I'm happy they focused on, but isn't enough to justify a purchase just yet imo. Personally I think I will buy either a steam machine when it gets netflix, or an appletv if it gets a steam streaming client :D

You can install Kodi on SteamOS and then use a Netflix add-on. I haven't tried this myself though, but in theory it should be possible.
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