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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Because that's what they know
by jasutton on Tue 26th Nov 2013 18:44 UTC
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In the nerd population, there's likely to be a great response to Valve's initiative, but I'm not holding out for the unwashed masses of the general populace.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Steam has more active subscribers than XBL, so I'm not so sure about that.

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robmv Member since:

After the XBox One digital only policies backlash, I can't see console users going in masses for a Steam Box, at least not yet. If that happen that will be hypocrisy

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smashIt Member since:

Steam has more active subscribers than XBL

but not by a huge margin

with 65 million free steam accounts and 48 million XBL accounts (half of them gold) i'd say ms is in the better position
and let's better not look at PSNs 110 million accounts...

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