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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Something to think about.
by Riba on Wed 27th Nov 2013 12:04 UTC
Riba
Member since:
2006-02-12

"why on earth would anyone want a limited, locked-down, proprietary, slower console?"

I would.

Someone mentioned that Steam box is upgradeable, and this is exactly why I am not interested and consider it its biggest drawback.

Personally, the biggest selling point of a console is the fact that the games must be working on a given hardware, and it is not you who needs to make sure your hardware is good enough to run a particular game. We can discuss the TCO when all the Steam boxes need to be upgraded in ~2 years because majority of games will need more power.

Consoles will perform fine for years to come.

Edited 2013-11-27 12:05 UTC

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RE: Something to think about.
by Lennie on Wed 27th Nov 2013 17:33 in reply to "Something to think about."
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

You aren't asked to do so.

It's better to have options than no options at all.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Riba makes a very good point. Btw, if options is what you want, you might as well just run Windows & WMC.. You will have way more games available (including what Steam has to offer) and as much if not more `upgrade` possibility.

I find it hilarious that Valve has gotten into the pre-built pc game and has managed to pass it off as something new, and even funnier yet that people are talking about it as if it -is- something new. Maybe Dell will start offering pc's with Steam OS pre-installed rather than Windows.

Step 1: Build a custom small-footprint pc and install Steam OS on it.
Step 2: Buy a gaming controller.
Step 3: BAM! You've created a Steam machine AKA the new hotness.

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