Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Dec 2012 23:24 UTC
Games Confirming the industry's worst-kept secret, Valve CEO Gabe Newell has confirmed Valve is working on its 'Steam Box', a Steam-powered HTPC geared towards console-like gaming. It'll most likely run Linux. "Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment," he told Kotaku. "If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general purpose PC. For people who want a more turnkey solution, that's what some people are really gonna want for their living room." Steam has 50 million subscribers, so there's a market here. As a comparison: Xbox Live has 40 million subscribers.
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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Tue 11th Dec 2012 04:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair
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2007-03-30

What I said stands. Even if it is sold at a loss (say a $300 box for $200), and even if it includes Half-Life 3 for free (and CS: GO and TF2), I still don't see why people buy this. It will run games minimally well and have a minimal game selection and will compete for your $200 with not only the new and old consoles, but also a $200 upgrade to your computer so all windows games run even better. Yep, still don't get it

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by Kroc on Tue 11th Dec 2012 04:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I shall counter your argument with the following statement: "Half Life 3, only available on Steam Box" ;)

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by Morgan on Tue 11th Dec 2012 05:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

It will run games minimally well and have a minimal game selection


Do you know something the rest of us don't? I can build a pretty fast gaming box for under $300 that will play any current Steam game very well, and that's with retail priced parts. Now enter Valve, who can put together a deal to get the hardware far below retail costs. You'll either have a kick-ass console for the same price, sold as a loss leader, or else a very capable console with a slim profit line of its own.

I really don't understand why you refuse to acknowledge the possibility that Valve can do this and do it well. It's almost as if you have a personal grudge.

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RE[4]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Tue 11th Dec 2012 16:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

do you have a different definition of "minimal" than the dictionary?

I can build a pretty fast gaming box for under $300 that will play any current Steam game very well, and that's with retail priced parts.


that's minimal, and it's also bullshit

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