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[3]: Comment by shmerl
by helf on Tue 11th Dec 2012 17:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
helf
Member since:
2005-07-06

yeah. The whole argument about PC gaming is ridiculous. I've been using the same 9800gt video card I bought for $120 like 4 years ago to play games. it runs Skyrim at my monitors pathetic resolution quite well. It also runs Crysis and DiRT3 and anything else I've tossed at it.

Only people that want the maximum possible graphics settings at the highest resolutions at playable framerates constantly upgrade :p

My PCs other specs are a stock speed Intel Q9400 (2.66ghz, quadcore, 6mb L2, 1333fsb), 8GB ddr2-800. Nothing that special these days.

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Tue 11th Dec 2012 17:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I am getting a 660GTX shortly with a new PSU, it going to be about £250, I will be able to run every game for the next few years at 1680x1050.

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RE[5]: Comment by shmerl
by helf on Tue 11th Dec 2012 17:48 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

yeah, I'm planning on building an entire new machine next year after haswell comes out, if I can afford it. Otherwise I might just max my ram to 16gb, get a better GPU, and some new HDDs. Who knows. My CPU is decent enough, I would just like something faster. I suppose I could put a Q9650 in it :p

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by kurkosdr on Wed 12th Dec 2012 11:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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2011-04-11

Only people that want the maximum possible graphics settings at the highest resolutions at playable framerates constantly upgrade :p


Or people who don't want to mess with graphics settings...

I may be stupid, but on most PC games, I never managed to hit the balance between getting a decent visual quality and speed. When I had just said "that's it, I nailed it, I am good now", immediately afterwards the game would throw a level with much higher-that-usual detail at me and I would lose FPSes (i hate it when this happens, it ruins the virtual reality feeling, I can't believe most PC gamers are fine with their games suddenly going choppy, then back to normal again).
So, most of the time, I decided to stay on the safe side and run my PC games at a lame resolution and with most settings to "low".

Essentially, the only way to escape the settings hell is to spend a bucketload of money every now and then on upgrades...

Instead, on consoles, the developer (who really knows how much detail each level has) knows exactly what graphics settings are good for the hardware, and can even optimize the levels themselves (read: remove useless fluff that only bogs down the hardware).

In plain English, on consoles, if it loses FPSes, it's developers fault, not mine. I like that.

Edited 2012-12-12 11:19 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by zima on Mon 17th Dec 2012 15:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I've been using the same 9800gt video card I bought for $120 like 4 years ago to play games [...] My PCs other specs are [...] Nothing that special these days.

Though it's sad how some people basically slander consoles ...games are now finally decently optimised for oldish hardware largely because of them (well, and because laptops are more and more popular - an average PC caught up to the present console generation, GFX-wise, only a year or so ago)

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