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A Steam Machine From iBuyPower Has Been Shown Off

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So the first Steam Machine has been shown off and it looks awesome with some decent specifications to boot.

Thanks to The Verge we have pictures of a good looking white box with a nice light bar going all the way through the middle, it actually looks better than the PS4 and Xbox One.
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Image thanks to Eurogamer.

It's an all AMD box with an AMD CPU and Graphics Card which could be a problem considering the reports you still see about how poor AMD's proprietary graphics driver is, I sure hope they polish it up properly in time. I haven't used AMD graphics for some time now so I can't personally vouch for how good/bad they are.

It's an official Steam Machine though and it comes with Valve's new odd-looking controller.

One thing makes me laugh:

QuoteStill, iBuyPower says that existing Steam for Linux games should run quite well, at full 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.

I wonder how much testing they have done to claim that. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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minj 30 November 2013 at 7:57 pm UTC
On November 6th they wrote

QuoteWe will also be selecting final beta participants soon from the pool of eligible applicants, so stay tuned for that, along with more info about how the new in-home streaming feature of Steam.


Valve time sucks.
alexThunder 30 November 2013 at 8:38 pm UTC
QuoteI haven't used AMD graphics for some time now so I can't personally vouch for how good/bad they are.

I have a desktop with a Radeon 5870 and a notebook with a 7970M. Both run just fine.
QuoteOne thing makes me laugh:


Still, iBuyPower says that existing Steam for Linux games should run quite well, at full 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.

That should be true for, I guess, 95% (or more?) of the games at mid - high settings. The rest still should run in at least 30 fps.
Xodetaetl 30 November 2013 at 9:03 pm UTC
Quoteit actually looks better than the PS4 and Xbox One
It depends on tastes. For me it looks cheap and as boring as the PS4 and Xbone or any other high-tech mass market product. And that light bar must be annoyingly distracting when playing in a dark room.
Speedster 30 November 2013 at 10:02 pm UTC
Quote from alexThunder
QuoteI haven't used AMD graphics for some time now so I can't personally vouch for how good/bad they are.

I have a desktop with a Radeon 5870 and a notebook with a 7970M. Both run just fine.
QuoteOne thing makes me laugh:


Still, iBuyPower says that existing Steam for Linux games should run quite well, at full 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.

That should be true for, I guess, 95% (or more?) of the games at mid - high settings. The rest still should run in at least 30 fps.

I'll second this -- the video performance should be just fine for typical 1080p resolution. My current desktop has a Radeon 7850, and the specs for the R9 270 in this SteamBox are actually a little higher

http://www.hwcompare.com/16574/radeon-hd-7850-vs-radeon-r9-270/
Speedster 30 November 2013 at 10:04 pm UTC
Quote from Xodetaetl
Quoteit actually looks better than the PS4 and Xbox One
It depends on tastes. For me it looks cheap and as boring as the PS4 and Xbone or any other high-tech mass market product. And that light bar must be annoyingly distracting when playing in a dark room.

From the linked article "the light bar will be customisable" so it would make sense that off would be one of the choices.
Liam Dawe 30 November 2013 at 11:36 pm UTC
Quote from Xodetaetl
Quoteit actually looks better than the PS4 and Xbox One
It depends on tastes. For me it looks cheap and as boring as the PS4 and Xbone or any other high-tech mass market product. And that light bar must be annoyingly distracting when playing in a dark room.
I hate to stare at a bright screen in the dark, it's why i very rarely go to the cinema, talk about headaches

I think it looks really quite something personally, I bet we will see a lot of interesting designs coming out of people though just wait and see.
Sabun 1 December 2013 at 3:31 am UTC
Quoteit's why i very rarely go to the cinema, talk about headaches
Same here! It's frustrating going with friends for a night out, and returning home with serious eye pains and a headache. No idea how others can do it...

The design of the box is ok, but the color doesn't seem to match the controller. I wonder if the looks will be customizable.
adolson 1 December 2013 at 4:29 am UTC
I would want a black or really really dark grey console, and I'd make the light bar fairly dim, and a nice shade of blue. To match the Big Picture color scheme.

But I would want something with an NVIDIA card, myself. Or at least a removable AMD card so I could swap with my PC's NVIDIA card.

I really hope we start seeing a lot more info coming out. It's rough going with the teeny tiny trickle we've got so far, meanwhile new consoles are selling out everywhere... Come on Valve, open up the, er, valve, and let the SteamOS/Machine/Controller/games info gush!
intok 1 December 2013 at 11:32 am UTC
The previous iteration showed that it was using off the shelf parts, with the only custom thing being the case which was modified to mount the GPU at a at a 90 degree angle by way of a PCIe riser card just like the old ISA risers in your ancient 386 desktop boxes.

It makes for a more efficient use of space, though on a modern mobo it does obstruct the rest of the expansion card slots, hence why the original Steambox used an ITX based system as ITX mobos usually have a laptop style miniPCIe card slot for wifi and a 16x card slot for a full size GPU.
TheReaperUK 1 December 2013 at 1:45 pm UTC
Not sure about the ati graphics, i've been running an HD6870 for a few years now as i was over heating with nvidia gts250 and gtx280, boy you could cook an egg on the gtx280, but now after problems with L4D2 freezing, lagging, micro shutters, etc and metro last light/painkiller not working at all on ati driver, and serious sam 3 running rough with shadow problems i went out and picked up a gtx650 (for testing), yes it's almost half the speed of the HD6870 but the good news is L4D2 runs near perfect, Metro and painkiller work fine other then the problem of closing itself down now and then, serious sam 3 shadows work now but still some lag and shuttering, i do hope ati/amd do sort the graphics drivers out then i could go back to mt ati card but for now it has to be the gtx650 running on driver 319.32.
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