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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Not *that* cheap
by protomank on Wed 27th Nov 2013 11:07 UTC
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The PS4 is 100 dollars cheaper.

The XBox One comes with Kinectic hardware that, while I do not care about the voice and movement control, adds value to the console. So, the fair comparsion is with PS4, not XBox.

Again, PS4 is 399, not 499. So "same price" is really unfair here.

It seems like PS4 have a ultra fast RAM, that is essential for games. It could make games faster even with lower CPU/GPU. Loose on number of polygons, wins at transfering shaders/textures.

If the machine runs windows instead of a strimmed down version of linux or steamOS, much horsepower would be lost just to run the OS. So, a console could be better with lower hardware because of its OS and API.

Also, the motherboard and structure of consoles is highly optimized, a generic PC could loose a good bit of speed due to, for example, PIC express connections or simply the RAM, CPU and GPU being distant in the motherboard.

So, this is not so black and white that a steam machine with better GPU/CPU is better ;)

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