Steam Machines quietly disappear from Valve's home page

Steam Machines quietly disappear from Valve's home page

Unfortunately for Valve, the concept of Steam Machines was dead on arrival. Unlike home consoles, the handful of Steam Machines that reached market had a wide range of specifications, which inevitably contributed to vastly different price points.

Steam Machines never really got their big moment. There's no mention of Steam Machines any more. You can still purchase the Alienware Steam Machine or the Scan 3XS ST Steam Machine (in the UK), for example.

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Valve hasn't made any statement on the matter, but the Steam Machine could be going the way of Microsoft's Kinect. RIP. The advent of affordable game-streaming solutions like Nvidia GameStream, Nvidia Shield, and Valve's own Steam Link have abated the need for gamers to own a second full-fledged gaming PC when a HTPC could do the job for much less. Steam Link launched on the same day and pretty much rendered the Steam Machine useless for those with a competent gaming PC. It featured Steam Controller support, and with Big Picture mode, it offered a significantly cheaper way to bring PC gaming to the living room. While both product lines continue to exist to this day, both have distanced themselves nearly completely from the "Steam Machine" branding and are instead sold as standard console-sized Windows PCs.

If you hover over the Hardware tab on Steam now, you'll only see the Steam Controller, Steam Link and HTC Vive appear in the drop down, and the Hardware page itself is gone, replaced with a search list that only contains four Steam Machines with links to external websites.

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