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[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Wed 27th Nov 2013 17:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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The ability to run every PC game since the DOS days and offer the game devs a much larger slice of the profits as well as huge sales for the end user.

That's quite a claim. I haven't seen a single shred of evidence to back it up so perhaps you can provide that for us. Or maybe you're confusing Steam OS's ability to stream an input (for example, a game running on your Windows/Mac box), which is not at all impressive, as being capable of playing/emulating Windows & Mac games.

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