Even though Valve’s Steam Machines have had a rather underwhelming start, this might soon change as Street Fighter V will get a SteamOS release with added Steam Controller support. This might pave the way for more AAA releases on the OS, taking into account that the platform suffers from the same debilitating disease that Mac PCs have, a short list of supported major games.
Even though some might say that Valve’s decision of not having exclusive titles is extremely poor from a marketing perspective, gamers need to understand that platform exclusivity benefits no one. This is especially true when talking about games which rely extensively on a large multiplayer community. By narrowing the player-base, multiplayer games may suffer from a massive decrease in longevity.
If Capcom will make the decision of adding cross-platform multiplayer, the small player-base problem will be completely circumvented. Even if the added Steam Controller support might seem extremely beneficial, one must take into account the fact that most Street Fighter players opt to use a fight stick in order to have a better control over their character. If the Valve controller will be able to be customized extensively until it will function like a MadCatz controller, it might make the controller rather viable.
How both the SteamOS and the Steam Controller will fair when playing this fighting game will be seen in the coming beta that starts from today until December 20th. But players will most likely go back to a regular fight stick in order to be competitive in the game’s online tournaments.
The next thing which players are patiently awaiting is news about how Capcom decided to sell the game. If another fiasco regarding the game’s on-disc content that gets locked behind a pay-wall arises, it might bring even more ire towards the company. Servers will also be a major problem for Street Fighter V, mainly due to the fact that its previous installments on PC suffered from major latency issues as well as problems regarding matchmaking and server stability.
The beta of the game will be looked at for server problems as well, taking into account how its previous beta from July went, with server shutdowns and other problems plaguing the game. Capcom was actually forced to take the whole beta down for extended periods of time due to this issue. Let’s just hope that this won’t happen again.
It is worth noting that the previous beta’s problems were mainly on PS4, which usually has PSN problems during beta events. These problems may not be an issue on the SteamOS version at all, depending on Capcom’s approach.
At least, people will get the chance to beat the living hell out of each other once again, with players owning a Steam Machine joining in on the fun as well, as Street Fighter V will get a SteamOS release with added Steam Controller support. How the beta will progress as well as the game’s feel in general on the aforementioned platform, only time will tell.