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PS4 VS Xbox One? Valve Steam Machine Enters Fray (NASDAQ:MSFT) (NYSE:SNE)

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE) are going to have to face down new competition in the console world. Valve, the biggest PC game-seller in the world, says that it will enter the market with the “Steam Machine.” The PS4 VS Xbox One console war just got a lot more interesting.

Valve says it will launch the Steam Machine along with the Steam Controller on November 10, 2015. Valve says that the Steam Machine can be bought from its online store as well as from GameStop stores, the field on which the PS4 VS Xbox One fight

Steam Machines hit stores Nov. 10

There will be many different versions of the  Steam Machine on the market, though all will run Valve’s SteamOS, a special build of Linux designed to run games and the firm’s storefront.

Only games that can be played on Linux will work with the Steam Machines. That means that the range of games available on launch won’t rival the collection in the PS4 VS Xbox One console battle. It may, however, have more working games than those consoles did at launch.

Steam Machines will start from $449, while the Steam controller will sell for $49. The Steam Machine made by Alienware, a part of Dell, will come in four configurations. The most powerful will sell for $749.

Steam Machines enter PS4 VS Xbox One fight

The devices have been in the works for a long time at this stage, and their release has been put back more than once. Before Microsoft and Sony began the Xbox One VS PS4 battle, it was though that the home console market might shrink.
Mobile games coupled with PR errors from both firms were said to cause less demand than for the PS3/Xbox360 gen of consoles. Valve was set to jump on the weak market with the Steam Machine and offer something new and different.
The weak home console market never appeared, and the PS4 VS Xbox One gen of consoles might see more sales than any other. Valve was at a loss in the wake of the surprise strength of the market, and the Steam Machine release was put off for a long time.
Microsoft and Sony have made themselves comfortable in the market, and Valve will have a hard time putting the Steam Machine in a good position.
Unless the firm can get support for Linux from major video game makers, it won’t get any of the big releases on its console.
Blockbusters are all that matter in a console war, and the PS4 VS Xbox One fight has run on small battles with names like Titanfall, and Assassin’s Creed.
Valve will need to get a major release or two onto the Steam Machine in order to get anywhere near that battle.
For now, however, it seems that this holiday season will see the Alienware Steam Machines arrive with few new games. There will be a huge backlog for gamers to work with, but Valve may not be able to sell the device in huge numbers without the likes of Fallout 4, or another mega-hit.

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