This guy got a Steam Machine

Steam Machine

Corey Nelson was one of those select few who will be taking part in the Steam Machine beta. He got his  hardware, and made an unboxing video.

First up, here’s the unboxing:

For those of you who can’t or don’t watch videos, here’s the run down: The Steam Machine comes in an impressive wooden box. Seriously, that case alone looks cool. But let’s look at what’s inside the box. Packed in foam is a heavy Steam Box, the controller, a manual, and HDMI cable, USB cable (to charge the controller), a power cable, a wifi antenna and a recovery USB key. The box itself looks rather nondescript, although I suppose we can’t really complain – the Xbox One also isn’t much to look at.

In his next video, Nelson proceeds to look inside the Steam Machine box:

For those non-video people among you, the components are all tightly packed in the box. To be honest, this guy doesn’t sound that interesting to me. However, for those who like these kinds of things, you can watch him unscrew the whole box and see all the housing, connectors and all the bits and pieces.

Now that I’ve seen the actual Steam Machine, I’m not sure I see the point in buying a commercially manufactured one – you could just as easily make one out of a PC and load up the OS and buy a controller. The box itself seems so bland and uninteresting. That said, it depends on the retail price of these things. If it’s equivalent to a console, then it will be cheaper than a gaming PC and thus more affordable. I’m really keen to get my hands on one of these, but I’m less impressed with the actual look of the Machine.

Then again, it is still in hardware beta – and we’ll be seeing a few different Steam machines in the future. 

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!
  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I really appreciate it that you’re telling us poor non-video watching folk what’s in the video. Nothing more annoying than going to an article & all it consists of is a video with zero description.

    • Hillbilly gamer

      Know your pain was for 21 years of my life with broadband connections.

  • Admiral Chief in Vegas

    Steam ftw!

    I’M NOT WEARING PAAAANTS LALALALALA

    • CodeName Tailgunner

      You dont need pants for a victory dance

      • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

        Because Erwin’s better than Trevor…

    • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

      Dude. You liking New Vegas? (don’t say no)

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        Rather nice hey, felt a bit underwhelmed at first, then the combat system kicked in, awwww yeah

        • Zubayr Bhyat

          Great game. Just make sure you’re level 20 and above before attacking deathclaws.

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            Heh, noticed that last night. Took one down, but gave up on the second.

          • Zubayr Bhyat

            well, a tip for you: explosives and high powered rifles to the legs do wonders, even for the Legendary Deathclaw :P Also, use a multiplas rifle to take down the legendary cazadore later on.

          • Admiral Chief in Vegas

            Noted, first one was taken down by blowing up legs

          • Zubayr Bhyat

            never fails :P the legendary ones run away when cripped :D

    • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

      I loved that about my week off… I just sat there playing Dark Souls in my underpants!! :D

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Stop stealing my thunder. Emperors wear no clothes, not Admirals.

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        Oh, I’m wearing mah boxer shorts at least

    • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

      Sies. Nou gan almal nagmerries kry. RUUUUUUUUUN

      • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

        And you thought Unavengedavo had weird stuff going on.

        • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

          *shudders*

        • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

          Clearly you did not see my response below…

          ” loved that about my week off… I just sat there playing Dark Souls in my underpants!! :D”

          • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

            O_O
            I can actually believe that you have Dark Souls in your underpants. Probably where they all originate from.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            They come out in many after some baked beans on toast!

      • Hammersteyn

        The Admiral torpedo is hanging loose.

        • Admiral Chief in Vegas

          Hahaha, sank the Mrs Kempff battleship with the torpedo

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL

    • Hammersteyn

      I thought it was you that got the machine. Vacation eh? Here’s hoping for zero load shedding in your area.

  • Admiral Chief in Vegas

    What is “qwe’ll” precious?

    • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

      I think it’s the same as this…
      http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/02.gif

      • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

        Dude you have serious issues lol

        • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

          Lol, what’s wrong with a young lady brushing her teeth in her underwear? And I don’t hear you complaining :P

          • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

            She can’t do it right! It’s everywhere!

            Clearly she needs medical attention of the mental kind.

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            Agreed. And after looking at that gif, now I do too…

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        I can watch this gif all day long… that toothbrush fetish!! mmmmm….. brush.. brush…

        • Hammersteyn

          Bwahaha

        • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

          Is it wrong if I am weirdly turned on by this? I wasn’t at first, but the longer I watch it…

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Same here… I’m kind of mesmerised… brush brush…

          • ToshZA

            Well normally yes – but it’s you, so no it’s not really wrong.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            you naughty boy! Santa bringing you a piece of coal for that!

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            Lol! Hey man, why you keep leaving the SOMA Whatsapp group?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I made a boo boo and dont know how to get it back… New to using Whatsapp!

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            Haha! We all thought you hated us now…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            dude why would I hate you guys…

      • ToshZA

        Totally disgusting, but totally you.

      • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

        What the hell!!! Man! It’s only Monday!

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Uh.. Tuesday…

          • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

            lol Damn it!

      • Sageville

        Who brushes their teeth on a couch?

  • HvR

    Valve is going to be in so much trouble. MS is going to sue their pants off for copying the xbox One design.

    • Johan du Preez

      Whahaha then the inventor of the VCR player will sue MS for making the Xbox one look like it.

  • Dean

    Such kitty racists. How are my cats going to play with that box if it’s not cardboard?

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      This! Why do people not consider the plight of the Cat? When I unboxed my PS4, the cats found the cardboard box to be the best thing ever. It was Cat Christmas!

    • iAmWeasel

      You don’t honestly think the commercial version of the steam box is actually going to come in a wooden box, right? Right??

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    I think I may jump into the Steam Machine buying with Steam Machine 2.0

    When all the bugs have been worked out and they have it running nice and solid.

    • Sir Rants remembers Madiba

      I’d rather just turn my existing PC in to a steam machine if the OS is good instead of buying a whole new box

      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        I like the idea of dedicated hardware and a nice look for my living room area. I will see closer to the time about pricing etc… Pretty amped for it.

  • ToshZA

    He’s as dull as the Steam Machine. I think I’ll stick with my pc, thanks anyway Valve.

  • FoxOneZA

    So Zoe, are you unimpressed with the design of the Steam Machine’s? :P

    • ToshZA

      Steam Machine’s what? You left that possessive awfully ambiguous.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    I kind of expected to be wowed…. it just looks like a big wii :/ Sigh Valve, you almost had me there. You almost bagged yourself a banana!

    • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

      Dude. That’s Valve’s whole thing. They’re not showy, never have been. It’s just function. Plain and simple.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        But I want some bling for my man cave!!!!

        • JJ’s horrible secret (John)

          Steam isn’t the company to expect that from. Hence why I love them so much. Look at Uplay and Origin. Looks fancy, not a 10th as functional as Steam.

          Though I do understand, bling for the man-cave is a must. Rather go for understated than overstated though. ;)

        • Robert Hart

          Then buy the Samsung version of Steambox :)

    • RinceGivesRspectsToMadiba

      Oh please! Bag a Nana? It’s not possible to bag something that doesn’t exist!

    • iAmWeasel

      Initially I was intrigued by the idea of Steam boxes, but watching this now.. honestly I think this thing is gonna tank. PC guys like PC gaming because.. it’s a PC. This is like the worst of both worlds. Not quite console and not quite PC. If I ever get back into PC gaming I’ll rather build my own rig and install Steam OS on it with dual boot. Seems more sensible.

      • Robert Hart

        This is a dev box to test the software. Besides the controller, I doubt Valve will ever release their own Steambox.

        The term “Steambox” is about the same as “android smartphone”. You should begin to see numerous tech companies such as LG, Samsung, Asus and so on, each releasing their own “Steambox” with their own choice of chosen internals. What they all have in common would be SteamOS and the controller.

        • iAmWeasel

          If this is true then it will be even more pointless than I thought.

  • iAmWeasel

    Yisss this guy is a PC dork through and through.. I suspect his name is probably Norman.

  • Sageville

    I’m curious about the upgrading of these Steam machines, I assume the steam library will continue to get better next-gen games, at some point the steam machine will not be able to play some games.

    Then what? Is it disposable tech or will they release hardware upgrades….

    • Robert Hart

      I dont believe Steam will ever release a steambox of their own. These seem to be dev kits so that people can test out the software.

      The term “Steambox” is about the same as “android smartphone”. You should begin to see numerous tech companies such as LG, Samsung, Asus and so on, each releasing their own “Steambox” with their own choice of chosen internals. What they all have in common would be SteamOS and the controller.

      I expect the upgrade cycle would be the same as the consoles upgrade cycles. Like upgrading your sony console (from version PS3 to version PS4) every 5 years, you would upgrade your LG Steambox 1 to an LG Steambox 2.

      At the end its going to be very good for us, because the competition between the different companies is going to push them to pack more of a punch and for less of the price. We will also probably get some awesome game bundles with it.

      • Sageville

        Cool reply

      • Acornbread

        I think it’s an appealing prospect for console gamers. Better hardware than the new consoles, options for game modding, huge library of awesome games not limited to one generation, Steam sales, no multiplayer subscriptions, etc. It all really depends on how this SteamOS turns out but if it delivers, Sony and Microsoft will have serious competition. Did I mention Steam sales?

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