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Using the controller in Windows was also not an ideal experience. Again limited use of the touch pads was evident and we even found a few odd bugs. Fallout 4 for example wouldn’t allow any interaction on its main menu, from any device, when the Steam Controller was connected. All in all, we see no current reason why anyone would use the Steam Controller over the Xbox 360 controller (if they have access to one).

So that brings us to performance. Overall, a very positive experience. The Zotac Steam Machine allowed us to game at 1920×1080 (HD) resolution and high levels of detail. We do note that comparing the GTX 960 desktop card with the GTX used here shows around a 400 point drop in 3DMark FireStrike Extreme however the temperatures are great, noise level is near silent and real world gaming in the latest titles, nice and smooth. The CPU should be more than enough for most uses too, it streams HD content with ease for example and as noted before the potential for expansion is great.

Summary: Get some Windows installed, run the PC version of Steam in Big Picture Mode and connect up a 360 controller. That’s how to get the best from the Zotac Steam Machine and it is that configuration which wins it our recommended award.

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  1. madjr

    fair review.

    Still I disagree with FO4 and steam controller problems. I also had problems with my 360 pad not being detected. You have to restart the damn game, because of Bethesda has a bunch of input bugs.

    Anyway I prefer the S-controller very much and works really well for aiming once you enable the Gyro / Motion Aiming controls. Fallout 4 and other shooters work much better than with any analogs.

    SC FO4 Guide:

  2. madjr

    As for the steam couch OS, my kids already love it. And helps me not worry about maintenance or Antivirus consuming resources in the background etc. Dx11 gen is ending so The future is Vulkan (aka mantle 2.0)

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