Steam ma­chines

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The bat­tle­ground be­tween PCs and con­soles is well es­tab­lished. PC en­thu­si­asts cite cheaper games, bet­ter graph­ics and more ver­sa­til­ity, while con­sole fans re­ply with ease of use, liv­ing room com­fort and cheaper de­vices. Valve prom­ises to bridge that gap with Steam Ma­chines, SteamOS and its new Steam Con­troller.

The idea is that all this kit will bring PC gam­ing into the liv­ing room, but that strat­egy opens up Valve to com­pe­ti­tion from all an­gles. The PS4 and Xbox One are the cur­rent kings of the couch, and PC Win­dows has a much wider games cat­a­logue than Linux too. In this is­sue, we spend some qual­ity time liv­ing with SteamOS, play­ing games on the new Steam Con­troller and try­ing out two Steam Ma­chines, to see if Valve can really carve a cor­ner for it­self in the lounge.

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