The Steam Machine, the PC-console hybrid line-up introduced nearly five years ago that was to usher a new wave of gaming, has seemingly had its death warrant served to it today.
Ars Technica reports that Valve is no longer highlighting Steam Machine hardware through the front page of its online Steam store, though a store page linking to four remaining Steam Machine partners remains accessible through a direct link.
Steam Machines never really caught on. The aim was to introduce the advantages of PC gaming – upgradability, better processors & graphics, and Steam itself – in a console form factor that could sit under a TV. However, the hybrid suffered from compatibility issues and delays and never found its niche, even as the two separate arenas of console and PC gaming have both thrived in recent years. In 2016 the writing was on the wall for the devices when it was revealed less than 500,000 units were sold in seven months.
Valve is continuing to support its peripheral hardware efforts including the Steam Controller, the Steam Link in-home streaming box, and support for SteamVR-based headsets like the HTC Vive.