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: Online Aspect
by Kivada on Wed 27th Nov 2013 08:43 UTC in reply to "Online Aspect"
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The main reason some people pick certain consoles now is they have friends that play games on those consoles. Look at any of the games that are available for multiple platforms, such as Call of Duty, Battlefield, etc. If you have it for xbox, you can't play with or against someone who has the same game on ps3, or on the pc. They would have to have the same system as you in order to be able to play with them. That is where a steambox could shine, by allowing people on the pc to be able to play with people on the steambox. Will that happen? Only time will tell.

Already happening, Steambox is just a standard PC with a stripped down Linux install that boots into Steam on Linux in Big Picture mode. Seeing as how most game servers already run on Linux this is a nonissue. The only exception I've got currently is the Worms game that got included in one of the HIBs, since the devs are greedy morons that have made like 15 games on the same basic concept and apparently not particularly bright coders the game doesn't allow users of any one OS play against the users on any other OS.

What that means though is that at the very least though is that people that play that Worms game on SteamBox will still be able to play against people running the game on Linux, just not against people on Mac and Windows.

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