Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Nov 2013 18:31 UTC
Games

Valve's official Steam Machine prototype isn't cheap, but it won't be the only Steam-powered video-game console available come 2014. This morning, iBuyPower revealed a prototype of its own upcoming Steam Machine, which will go on sale for just $499 next year. For the price of an Xbox One, the computer will offer a multicore AMD CPU and a discrete AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card - that's a $180 GPU all by itself - and come with Valve's Steam Controller as part of the package deal.

That's an absolute steal. This is exactly what Valve is betting on: for the same price, an x86 SteamBox will be more powerful than the new consoles. with SteamOS, it has all the convenience of a console, too. With the launch titles for the two new consoles being total and utter garbage, the argument "but SteamOS has no games!" is moot.

I can't wait until CES coming January when Valve will unveil its publishing partners. That's the make-or-break moment. If SteamOS will get all the same major titles as the consoles, why on earth would anyone want a limited, locked-down, proprietary, slower console?

Permalink for comment 577481
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[6]: Comment by shmerl
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 26th Nov 2013 21:47 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Valve could just made the synaptics games controller and the box and have sold that and it would have been just as effective. No having to port games or anything else in the short term.


No. They would have had to be dependent on Microsoft - and as history shows, Microsoft is a bad business partner. With Windows 8, the writing is on the wall where Windows is going - and there's no place for Steam where it's going.

Reply Parent Score: 2