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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by Darkmage on Tue 26th Nov 2013 22:16 UTC
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Steambox will be a success, As a media player it's going to destroy PS4/Xbox. It's not even a question. XBMC is going to be installable with a single command. Every person on the planet is going to want one when they realise it can play every media file ever. It'll be like the iPods being able to play mp3s. Suddenly that massive pirate back catalog you have just works. Throw in a bluray drive and you've just made the PS4/Xbone look like retarded media choices. This is going to take off as soon as people can start recommending it as the go-to device for media.

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