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

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?

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RE[7]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Tue 26th Nov 2013 21:52 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by shmerl"
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Yes, and for a long, long time DOS was a far better option for gaming than Windows.

We aren't talking about the ancient past.

With your attitude, nobody would have ever moved to Windows, and nobody would have ever tried to improve the gaming situation on Windows. However, because there were people who wanted to improve gaming on Windows (in this case, Microsoft itself; in the case of SteamBox, Valve+hardware manufacturers), Windows eventually turned into the better option.

Because the person that was pushing the OS was actively trying to help the game makers ... not the other way around (which is now).

Most Linux contributors aren't interested in improving the consumer experience. They are interested in improving the kernel for their own gains (server hardware and smartphones).

The driving motivation behind distros and the kernel aren't the same as those as what Microsoft wanted ... a consumer level OS.

That's what's happening right now. SteamOS will make Linux (or, at least, Valve's Linux) a viable option for gaming. Because, you know, there's no reason why it can't.

Debatable. If most of the money is being made on PS4 and Xbox One, they will do half arsed ports (PC games have suffered already from thing.

So I could get a PS4 which the game is guaranteed to work on with no problems or a Steambox with a crappy port.

Comon be realistic.

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