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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open source
by bram on Tue 26th Nov 2013 22:49 UTC
bram
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2009-04-03

I hope valve will go with an open source, stable graphics driver.
Fglrx is a liability, I would rather use a slower but open driver.

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RE: open source
by asupcb on Wed 27th Nov 2013 08:32 in reply to "open source"
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2005-11-10

I use Steam on Ubuntu 12.04 with the open-source AMD driver and the games seem to work fine. Although I don't play any high end games.

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