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: No games on SteamOS ?!?
by linux-lover on Tue 26th Nov 2013 19:55 UTC in reply to "No games on SteamOS ?!?"
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Yes but there are few recent AAA games on Linux, and none exclusive so the argument being made is that it is the platform that is most lacking in games compared to other consoles and Windows.

I am a linux user and I think that SteamOS has a real shot. But AMD needs to get their shit together with fglrx (linux catalyst for those who aren't aware). Either that or get mesa/gallium3d radeon drivers on performance parity with Windows catalyst and get them to GL 4.x compliance (the latest dev versions are at 3.3).

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