Valve Says Steam Machines Will Not Be Nvidia Exclusive

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 11:40 AM
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Valve spokesman has officially confirmed that the long-awaited Steam Machines will be available with graphics hardware from AMD and Intel, contrary to what we were led to believe following the Steam Machine prototype specs revealed over the weekend.

Many of us unwittingly assumed that Nvidia would have a guaranteed place within Valve’s linux-based games console/pc hybrids, but this doesn’t necessarily seem to be the case…

Following on from this year’s reveal that AMD would have its chips instead all three of the major games consoles, it was assumed that Nvidia would be making strides to ensure it too could find a place in the living room. When Valve revealed the specifications of the Steam Machines last week, the inclusion of four tiers of Nvidia cards sent rumours flying of an exclusivity deal between the two PC-focused giants.

“We wanted to test a variety of Steam Machines that explore a range of price performance”, said Mike Sartiana, a member of Valve’s Linux team. “Nvidia has done a ton of work to optimize its GTX GPU series on Linux. That work applies across the GTX product line, which provides a complementary set of GPUs for our desired range of prototype Machines.”

So it seems that Valve has taken to favouring the GeForce line of cards in this particular circumstance, but this is by no means a partnership between the two companies.

“Last week, we posted some technical specs of our first wave of Steam Machine prototypes,” said Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi. “Although the graphics hardware that we've selected for the first wave of prototypes is a variety of Nvidia cards, that is not an indication that Steam Machines are Nvidia-only. In 2014, there will be Steam Machines commercially available with graphics hardware made by AMD, Nvidia, and Intel. Valve has worked closely together with all three of these companies on optimizing their hardware for SteamOS, and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future.”

Of course the very concept of a Steam Machine has been that it will be restriction free, so it was always fairly obvious that putting your own components into the machine wouldn’t be an issue, but it does indeed seem from Lombardi’s comments that OEMs will be free to license and manufacture Steam Machine’s with AMD components if they wish. Of course Valve is undeniably interested in expanding its SteamOS as rapidly as possible and any form of restrictions could have restricted the spread of an OS which the company surely wishes to conquer the PC gaming market.

Which card would you be wanting in your Steam Machine?

Do you believe the final products from Valve will include Nvidia cards exclusively?

Feel free to let us know below!

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23:05 Oct-10-2013

dumb move, it was already bad enough that they had multiple nvidia versions, now they are going to fragment the hardware even more

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18:37 Oct-10-2013

To be honest Valve, I wouldn't buy something with Intel Graphics (only)

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20:27 Oct-10-2013

Umm did you read the article? there's no integrated graphics

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14:09 Oct-11-2013

Yes I did read the article...
"In 2014, there will be Steam Machines commercially available with graphics hardware made by AMD, Nvidia, and Intel."
Now where does it say that Intel will make its own discrete GPUs?

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14:59 Oct-10-2013

i think nvidia had optimise there drivers for linux better than amd but amd cards are a little cheaper so that's why i think that steam machine will be nvidia at the begining amd have to work on there drivers

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13:14 Oct-10-2013

AMD hardware makes sense since the mantle introduction . its really covers the DirectX or Open GL problem and even with better performance ( amd says so ? ) future of PC gaming is bright .

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13:10 Oct-10-2013

Hmmm, I have my doubts about these 'new' things from Valve :/

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