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Question about Steam Machine game compatibility

#11rumble_belly(Topic Creator)Posted 12/15/2013 9:07:21 PM
TimePharaoh posted...
Let's use some basic logic here


I'll wait, go find some.


Why are you such a jerk? Not everybody is a technological genius with computers. Its hardly basic logic at all.
#12Majoras_pantsPosted 12/15/2013 9:09:34 PM
rumble_belly posted...
Majoras_pants posted...
Yeah. The streaming PC plays the game, the receiving PC just outputs it.

So in this case, the windows PC needs the specs, while the receiving PC (the one with steam OS) can be any ratty PC.

So the streaming option is for people who already have a good gaming PC and buys a steambox or any other PC to keep near their TV as a second PC for streaming or something.

Most people who buy steam machines, will obviously be buying it as their gaming PC. It's not really attractive for people who already have a good gaming PC. So their best option, unless or until steam finds a way to get every PC game running on steamOS, is to just install windows on it. It's just a regular PC in a small box with Steam's OS preloaded. It's not a special machine in any way. If you install windows, you have a gaming PC in a case that takes up a little less room.


Thanks. I don't have a gaming PC so streaming it out for me. Steam Machine doesn't have a dvd drive does it? How would you install Windows then? Even if you burned it as an iso file or whatever and transferred it to Steam Machine, can it actually read iso files?


Steam machines might have disc drives. It depends where you get it. The prototypes are made by valve, retail steam machines will be made by tons of different hardware manufacturers. And if they don't, you can use a USB drive.

Disc drives aren't really necessary anymore, that's why steam machines probably wont have them.
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#13rumble_belly(Topic Creator)Posted 12/15/2013 9:14:33 PM
Majoras_pants posted...
Steam machines might have disc drives. It depends where you get it. The prototypes are made by valve, retail steam machines will be made by tons of different hardware manufacturers. And if they don't, you can use a USB drive.

Disc drives aren't really necessary anymore, that's why steam machines probably wont have them.


Thanks again.
#14akuma634Posted 12/15/2013 9:26:00 PM
I would imagine a lot of devs would be put under a lot of pressure to make their Steam released games compatible with SteamOS in the first year of the Steam Machine launch.
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#15SinisterSlayPosted 12/16/2013 8:54:13 AM(edited)
You can install Windows 7 and 8 from a USB drive. Don't need CD's anymore.

I know historically you had to install Windows first, then Linux or it would dump the linux boot loader.
Not sure if that is still the case, but if it is, it could make dual booting problematic.
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#16godplaysSNESPosted 12/16/2013 8:56:33 AM
akuma634 posted...
I would imagine a lot of devs would be put under a lot of pressure to make their Steam released games compatible with SteamOS in the first year of the Steam Machine launch.


Valve certainly has the resources to push SteamOS support, but I'm still doubtful many studios will bother porting other than their new games
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#17ThePCElitistPosted 12/16/2013 9:36:42 AM
rumble_belly posted...
Majoras_pants posted...
Yeah. The streaming PC plays the game, the receiving PC just outputs it.

So in this case, the windows PC needs the specs, while the receiving PC (the one with steam OS) can be any ratty PC.

So the streaming option is for people who already have a good gaming PC and buys a steambox or any other PC to keep near their TV as a second PC for streaming or something.

Most people who buy steam machines, will obviously be buying it as their gaming PC. It's not really attractive for people who already have a good gaming PC. So their best option, unless or until steam finds a way to get every PC game running on steamOS, is to just install windows on it. It's just a regular PC in a small box with Steam's OS preloaded. It's not a special machine in any way. If you install windows, you have a gaming PC in a case that takes up a little less room.


Thanks. I don't have a gaming PC so streaming it out for me. Steam Machine doesn't have a dvd drive does it? How would you install Windows then? Even if you burned it as an iso file or whatever and transferred it to Steam Machine, can it actually read iso files?


You can install windows from a thumb drive.
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#18ArgentumVirPosted 12/16/2013 9:43:48 AM
akuma634 posted...
I would imagine a lot of devs would be put under a lot of pressure to make their Steam released games compatible with SteamOS in the first year of the Steam Machine launch.


I would think Valve would work with the developers of WINE to increase compatibility and ease of use before pressuring devs to completely port games.
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#19arleasPosted 12/16/2013 9:45:59 AM
From: ThePCElitist | #017
You can install windows from a thumb drive.


Yeah, this is how I had to install windows.... I ordered a blu ray drive and the weather made the shipment get delayed, so I was able to build my whole computer EXCEPT for the blu ray drive. I just downloaded the windows iso off the internet and used a program provided by microsoft to change the iso to a USB drive (it all fit nicely on a 4GB drive).

The prototypes provided by valve have steam OS on a thumb drive as a backup.

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