Losing steam? PC partners avoid Steam Machines as testing shows poor performance vs. Windows

After years of teases and delays, Valve finally launched the first Steam Machines last week. But two of its original hardware partners—Origin PC and Falcon Northwest—won’t be shipping those SteamOS systems. And in more bad news, Ars Technica found that cross-platform games perform 28-to-58 percent worse on the same hardware running SteamOS instead of Windows. It’s not just about the smaller library of available games—the same games perform worse on SteamOS.

Given these problems, it’s no surprise a few manufacturers are getting cold feet.

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