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The rise of the Steam Machines: Inside Valve's deep, varied living room PC lineup

Gordon Mah Ung | March 9, 2015
Charlie Brown never kicked that damned football clear to the moon and, well, after Steam Machines never materialized last summer as expected, we all started to wonder if Gabe Newell wasn't playing mean old Lucy.

And certainly some of the Steam Machine vendors seem fine with the idea, because it just means gamers will buy more hardware from them.

"We think the recently announced Steam Link will be a great supplementary product for gamers. Our gaming PCs are packed with the latest hardware to play the most demanding games, but now there will be a low-cost box that allows you to stream that beautiful content from your gaming PC to the living room," Eric Cheung, CEO of CyberPower told PCWorld.  "This is a great way to expand the PC gaming platform, and we look forward to offering Steam Link as an add-on to our high-end PCs when it becomes available later this year."

Of course, all this may just be getting ahead of ourselves. At last year's CES, the company also had a wide range of Steam machines on display but the delay of SteamOS itself killed the 2014 endeavor. The same could happen this year, too.

No way, Steam's Erik Wolpaw says. In fact, Wolpaw says he guarantees "100 percent" that Steam Machines will ship by November this time.


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