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: Comment by stabbyjones
by lucas_maximus on Tue 26th Nov 2013 21:04 UTC in reply to "Comment by stabbyjones"
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I gotta keep my gaming PC on while I use another PC to play the game on. Sounds f--king stupid.

I have a simpler solution. Play the games on the PC or hook your existing TV upto the TV and push it behind the cabinet if your other half complains.

Edited 2013-11-26 21:05 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by stabbyjones
by Kivada on Wed 27th Nov 2013 08:47 in reply to "RE: Comment by stabbyjones"
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The streaming option is there for people with giant i7 extreme edition w/ 4x GTX Titan SLi setups.

Which are hot and noisy.

With streaming though you could have that box as a game server over a Gbit network stream your games to a fanless Atom or Brazos HTPC system connected to the TV and have the same level of performance.

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