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.