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[9]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Wed 27th Nov 2013 12:15 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by shmerl"
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What? You're claiming Valve isn't trying to help game devs?

Redhat, Google and other major Linux kernel contributers have no interest in it. It is all on Valve.

It's irrelevant what the others are interested in as it's Valve who's responsible for SteamOS, and Valve is obviously interested in improving the experience. Also, I don't know if you're deliberately trying to spread FUD or if you're just simply so deluded, but even a cursory look at any of the kernel release statements would reveal plenty of desktop - and laptop - related improvements. Go on, take a look for yourself. That already in and of itself renders your claim false.

Unless you are nvidia at the moment, the drivers are crap.

You know why nvidia has so much better performance than the other drivers ? Because nvidia replaces half the graphics stack in Linux with their own kit.

You tell others to be realistic when you yourself aren't? First off, not all ports are crappy, only the minority of them are. Secondly, the crappiness most of the time comes from the poor handling of keyboard+mouse, but that's actually irrelevant if you're playing the game using a controller. And you, Steam Box is all about playing with a controller...

So we have another Playstation or Xbox ... whoopie do.

I know you're a die-hard Windows-fanboy, I've seen so many of your comments over the years idolizing Windows and vilifying anything or anyone going against it, but you really should learn to open your world up.

I like Windows because it works. No other reason. Give me something that works better and is cheap I am all for it.

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