Posted on January 8, 2015, Ron Whitaker Origin PC CEO: Steam Controllers Done, ‘Steam Machine’ Name Dead
According to the CEO of boutique PC builder Origin PC, Valve has finalized the design of the Steam Controller, but the name “Steam Machines” might be a thing of the past.
In an interview with GameSpot at CES, Origin PC CEO Kevin Wasielewski said that after lots of feedback, Valve was now sending the controllers to production, with an eye on showing them off at GDC this year.
“At GDC, they’re going to have more information. And we’ll be there. That’s the official stuff we can say. They came out with the controller, then they got some user feedback, and they had to revamp it; they got some more user feedback and had to revamp it again. So they went through that like three or four times. And now their controller is finalized. So now they’re going to production and at GDC is when they’re going to announce more stuff.”
The more interesting part of the interview, at least to me, was Wasielewski’s comment on the “Steam Machine” moniker. “I think that’s kind of pretty much dead,” he said. He went on to say that he thinks they’ll be called living room PCs instead. It’s not a big change, but I think it’s very interesting, especially after all the effort Valve put into branding the machines when they were announced a little over a year ago.
Furthermore, it piques my curiosity about SteamOS. After all, those “Steam Machines” were supposed to sport Valve’s custom Linux-based OS. If the name is dead, will Valve still insist on SteamOS, or will they go the way of some of the living room PCs that have already released, like the Digital Storm Bolt II, which features Windows 8? We’ll just have to wait and see.