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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Bill Shooter of Bul
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Its not exactly renting as its one flat fee up front for as long as steam is around. If you aren't paying a recurring charge for an item, I don't think you can call it rent.

I was very against steam as well in the beginning for the same reasons. Well, Its been around for a while now ( 10 years). Its not quite fly by night. I can still play those games I bought 10 years ago on any modern system. So there isn't any possibility of reselling games, but its kind of like being able to bring all of your 360 games along for the xbox one. or what Sony did with PS/PS2.

The outrage against the xbox one, was the idea that you had a physical disk that you couldn't resell, without permission. That's counter-intuitive based on our experience and just greedy.

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