Steam Machines are More Capable Than Consoles at Similar Prices, Claims Valve Founder
In a recent interview with Develop, Gabe Newell, the founder and CEO of Valve, has claimed that their Steam Machine is capable of offering better performance-value than consoles, and that is at similar prices or even lower. Newell was quoted as saying:
At console price points, we’re going to have machines like Alienware’s, which are faster than today’s consoles. So the same price point as today, except you get better performance and you’re connected to everything you like about the PC and the Internet.
Talking of the Steam Machines, there are currently 13 separate hardware units listed on Valve’s store page, with Alienware system priced at $450. The final specs of the device are not confirmed but it is expected to feature an Intel Core i3 Dual-Core processor, an NVIDIA Geforce GTX with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, 4GB of DDR3L system RAM, and a 500GB hard-drive.
In comparison, the PS4 and Xbox One typically retail at $100 less than Alienware Steam Machine. But when it comes to the capability in gaming, even the lowest specs pre-Steam Machine minuscule PC has computational advantage over consoles. So Gabe’s claim that a Steam Machine can be cheaper and more capable is certainly not surprising.
Further, the games development executive said that the company’s desire to challenge the status quo has always worked in their favor in the past, and they expect the same this time around.
When we started with Steam, no-one believed you could deliver a better gaming experience over the internet, and we’re like, well, we actually think it’s probably an opportunity to do something.
Steam Machines are scheduled to hit shelves on Nov. 11.
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