VIDEO GAME IMPRESSIONS: Valve’s Steam Machine
Written by Rachel Morgan Perchinske
I’m sure we’ve all heard about the new steam box, and after reading what Game Informer had to say about it, I wanted to do a bit of research on my own and talk to some people I know about it.
My personal opinion is that Steam is mainly leaning towards the console group of gamers out there. I personally am a PC gamer, I enjoy building my own computers and picking out what goes into it, I enjoy modding and changing up games to the way I like. I have absolutely nothing against console gaming, I do enjoy it myself, just not as much as I enjoy the PC way of gaming.But with PC unlike the console, you can have multiple monitors and or TV’s which ever you choose and that’s not even the best part, haha. Now back on point with the Steam Box.
The Steam Box has many different makes and styles, ranging from the prices of $500-$6000, but the prices are still being talked about. Also right out of Gameinformer issue 251 page 27 writer Ben Reeves, it lists all of the makers:
- Digital Storm - Bolt 2
- Falcon Northwest - Tiki
- Gigabyte - Brix Pro
- Maingear Spark
- Next Spa
- Origin PC - Chrono
- Scan - NC10
The specs are about the same as a mid gaming computer, but you know with Alienware they are going to jack it up… Not that I have anything against that or what not. I guess all in all it just comes down to the individual user, most of my friends that I’ve spoken to were on the same page as me. But it will be cool for the console user to be able to play Counter Strike! Along with many awesome games! So if you’re into console gaming and you have always wanted to play some computer games that aren’t on console here’s your chance!
Now with the controller as I have posted a picture above, the controller can be set to the way you like it. As in on a keyboard and mouse, you can do the same with this controller, the left side is like your W, A, S, and D keys, the right side is as if you were looking around with a mouse. It’s a bit weird at first from what I’ve read about, but then again, isn’t any controller that you first hold? Pretty much you can change up anything like you would be able to on a PC.
I think you guys should check it out to, I do have to admit tho, some of the versions that have been made do look really sweet. (As pictured above.)
On a side note, to end this with something random, as I am just that type of person… Why did the scarecrow get a raise? He was outstanding in his field! Oh the pun!