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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RE[9]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Wed 27th Nov 2013 12:40 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by shmerl"
lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

You seem to completely ignore the fact that several companies are currently hard at work trying to improve gaming on Linux, and have already made huge gains in doing so. One of these companies is the owner of one of the most successful and most popular gaming services in the world. The other companies are the very companies making the most important part of gaming hardware - the GPU.

You seem to think that all that work either isn't happening, or that it won't bear fruit (which is a lie, since it has already borne fruit).


I am not saying that. I am normally when you have a huge number of things that depend on a component you no longer want to use (in this case Windows), you are best to continue using that until the alternative is ready.

I work a lot with legacy code bases or things which depend on them at that strategy works pretty much everytime.

Interesting that you're listing smartphones. Pre-Android, smartphones weren't a concern for Linux contributors at all. Thanks to Google... It now is. See how that works? Now replace 'Google' with 'Valve'... Well, you get the gist.


And only Google have a successful Linux OS. I doubt how much this will help the rest of the eco-system.

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RE[10]: Comment by shmerl
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 27th Nov 2013 12:57 in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by shmerl"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

And only Google have a successful Linux OS. I doubt how much this will help the rest of the eco-system.


That's ridiculous. Red Hat is successful. Ubuntu is successful. Debian is successful. Tivo is successful. And a millions of other devices running Linux are successful.

There's no debating with someone who just flat-out lies. You know just as well as I do that Linux is a massive success - it's the dominant smartphone operating system. In a few more quarters, it'll be the dominant tablet operating system. Two areas where Windows does not play any role. In servers, it's doing fantastic. It completely owns the supercomputing market. it plays a huge role in embedded computing and devices.

You can do better than this.

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RE[11]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Wed 27th Nov 2013 18:42 in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by shmerl"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

That's ridiculous. Red Hat is successful. Ubuntu is successful. Debian is successful. Tivo is successful. And a millions of other devices running Linux are successful.

There's no debating with someone who just flat-out lies. You know just as well as I do that Linux is a massive success - it's the dominant smartphone operating system. In a few more quarters, it'll be the dominant tablet operating system. Two areas where Windows does not play any role. In servers, it's doing fantastic. It completely owns the supercomputing market. it plays a huge role in embedded computing and devices.

You can do better than this.


I meant a consumer Linux OS/Desktop Linux. Maybe I should have been clearer.

Ubuntu has a lot of mind share but I doubt the company has made a lot of money.

Also their Phone OS is a joke especially after Jolla have actually put their phones in people's hands without needing to fund some sort of kickstarter campaign.

Edited 2013-11-27 18:53 UTC

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RE[11]: Comment by shmerl
by SlackerD on Wed 27th Nov 2013 20:56 in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by shmerl"
SlackerD Member since:
2012-01-16

So can you, you can read, comprehend, and then discuss.

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