Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Nov 2013 18:31 UTC
Games

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: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Tue 26th Nov 2013 21:01 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
lucas_maximus
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Easily fixed by installing Windows ;-)

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 26th Nov 2013 21:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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2010-06-08

That may be, but it's not relevant for Steam OS really. I'd say, Nvidia based Steam Machine would be a better option.

Edited 2013-11-26 21:22 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Tue 26th Nov 2013 21:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

That may be, but it's not relevant for Steam OS really. I'd say, Nvidia based Steam Machine would be a better option.


Well it is, because they could have used a proven gaming platform (Windows) that had decent 3D drivers for all 3 of the major GPU manufacturers or they use Linux which only really has one GPU manufacturer that provides good drivers.

Edited 2013-11-26 21:40 UTC

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