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 shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 11th Dec 2012 17:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl
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2010-06-08

Those who build high end computers also don't upgrade them for years, since they are sufficient to run most of the stuff for a long time. But on the other hand upgrading some part can be done without upgrading the whole thing (like changing the GPU for example without bumping the CPU) which is impossible with consoles. So your comparison above is not to the point.

Edited 2012-12-11 17:41 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by Kivada on Wed 12th Dec 2012 07:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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2010-07-07

We must not go to the same forums, most of the guys I see building high end gaming rigs upgrade them at least every 9 months.

New CPU core revision or new mobo chipset that overclocks 5% higher? they'll have it within 2 months of release, new top end GPU out? Gotta get it within 3 months of release.

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Wed 12th Dec 2012 08:17 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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2010-06-08

May be those people upgrade just for the sake of upgrading. I doubt they are doing it because of real gaming requirements. And it's simply too expensive to make such upgrades so often.

Edited 2012-12-12 08:17 UTC

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