Steam has been around for a decade now and has grown from humble beginnings as a platform for distributing Valve-developed games to an all-around entertainment hub, with a vast selection of indie games, mods, and a whole lot more.
They’ve also had to tackle things that no one has ever faced before – they’ve made it possible to play high-end PC games on practically any device – from consoles to mobile phones.
It’s easy to brand Steam as a PC gaming platform, but this has proven to be far from the case over the years. Their cross-platform capability has allowed them to branch out into mobile gaming with both free and paid apps, as well as console gaming. In fact, with their new controller-based platform Steam Machines, there may even be a chance for them to move into home console gaming in the near future – especially now that it seems EA is concentrating on Origin.
Steam started with the new concurrent user platform for a whooping record of 27.9M. But in recent years, the figure has soared from a modest 48M to 125M.
This is largely due to the low prices and convenient approach adopted by Steam. Players don’t need to pay for games upfront – they can simply “rent” them while they play. This system sits on top of the traditional pre-order model, which means that when players pre-order a game and pay for it, they get it right away and can start playing immediately.
Also, if players don’t like a game by playing it for a bit, they can always return and refund it in order to not spend any more money on it.
With the new plans of 2022, Steam has a lot in store for users. The first thing that they have in store is a way to play high-end games on PCs, laptops, and Macs. Steam Machine has already been out and has been a huge success. There are now 15 models of Steam machines, ranging from $299 to $6,000.
The current highest-end one that can run high-end games is the Alienware Alpha R2 with a GTX 960M graphics card, but the newest one that Valve is releasing is the new Alluring View.
This will be over $200 cheaper than the top model of Alienware Alpha R2 – however, it will only support Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). Despite this, the pricing of the Alluring View is much lower than many high-end gaming PCs.
This is due to the fact that they are planning on doing a crowdsourcing campaign as they did with Steam Machines to make them even cheaper.
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