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 21:53 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by shmerl"
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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.

Only for a short amount of time. You aren't thinking about Migration. Migration takes time, I guarantee a lot of their library doesn't work with Linux and far few Triple A games, it is far better to use an existing known platform that works and port over slowly than try forcing people on a death march.

This will hurt their customers, this will hurt them.

It is foolish.

Edited 2013-11-26 21:54 UTC

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