Gabe Newell: Valve’s Steam Machines Outperform Consoles
Days before Valve’s much-anticipated project to bring PC gaming into the living room, Gabe Newell has claimed its hardware line-up can offer better performance-value than home consoles.
Newell told business website Develop:
“At console price points, we’re going to have machines like Alienware’s, which are faster than today’s consoles. So, the same price point as today, except you get better performance and you’re connected to everything you like about the PC and the Internet.”
Thirteen separate hardware units are listed on Valve’s Steam Machine storefront, with the aforementioned Alienware system priced at $450. Although the machines’ final specs are not stated, research by Gamespot suggests the device carries an Intel Core i3 Dual-Core processor, 4GB of DDR3L system RAM, an NVIDIA Geforce GTX with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, and a 500GB hard-drive.
Take Newell’s words with a pinch of salt, while the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 can be bought for a similar price to Alienware, they often retail for around $100 cheaper.
The initial range of Steam Machines go on sale from November 10, will you be buying one, or, are the more traditional consoles the better option? Tell us what you think in the comments below.