Steam Machines will be the least profitable hardware

The Steam Machines project was supposed to be an attempt to introduce PCs to our showrooms. However, this may not be a good attempt, as industry insiders suggest that you can not earn much on this hardware.

PCs have for years been trying to compete with consoles in the entertainment field, trying to take over the video game market. The Steam Machine was meant to be a combination of the features of both devices, so to provide PC functionality with console comfort and the ability to play with the controller in the palm of your hand while sitting on a comfortable couch.

After presenting pricing models of individual manufacturers enthusiasm fell heavily when it turned out that the cheapest model Steam Machine cost over $ 700, while the most expensive one has to pay over $ 2,000. This is the amount you can buy a heavily developed gaming computer with no restrictions on the Steam OS Linux based Steam Steam operating system.

It is no wonder that the last days of Steam Machines seemed to be forgotten, especially as the companies involved in the production of these devices now claim that the profits from this market will not be too great. For example, Frank Azor, Alienware’s chief manager, admitted that this is his least profitable venture.

Even worse, some other companies from almost 13 involved in the idea, who have agreed to cooperate mainly because it is a venture of Valve. Now it seems that they can get a great deal on it, especially since the multitude of available configurations can make consumers have trouble making a specific choice.

The Japanese are working on solar orbital solar farms

Engineers from the Japanese space agency JAXA say they are taking another step closer to achieving a bold vision for the creation of a solar-powered space station that can send energy directly to Earth. So far, they have been able to transmit energy using the wireless method for about 50 meters.

Many scientists and engineers from all over the world have been dreaming for years to realize the vision of building an orbital solar farm that produces energy that would send energy to the surface of the planet. In this way, the energy needs of our globe could be fully met, without the need to consume fossil fuels or polluting the atmosphere caused by their burning.

Unfortunately, the construction of such a farm has many problems, and the biggest one is to develop a way to safely send the generated energy to the surface of the planet. Its quantities would be huge, so extreme precision is required.

The problem is solved by engineers from the Japanese space agency JAXA who have managed to reach the first step to success. Under laboratory conditions, wireless transmission of 1.8 kW of energy over a distance of more than 50 meters, ideally hitting a small receiver.

Engineers first changed the electrical signal to microwaves and then sent it to a receiver that converted electrons into electrons. This is the first successful experiment to send electrons over long distances at such high precision.