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[4]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Thu 28th Nov 2013 16:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Now I'm convinced you're confused about what a pc running Steam OS is capable of. To be clear, I'll quote directly from for you:

You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!

You're claiming that Steam OS will have "the ability to run every PC game since the DOS days and offer the game devs a much larger slice of the profits as well as huge sales for the end user". I haven't seen Valve or any credible source make such a claim so maybe you can share where you heard this.

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RE[5]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Kivada on Fri 29th Nov 2013 09:40 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Nope, as a Linux user I already know what it's capable of.

And you don't have to tell your customers that they need to buy Windows Pro or Ultimate for the XP mode which even then doesn't help them with Win32 games.

All you need is the engines and middleware, the rest will follow as the platform grows.

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RE[6]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Fri 29th Nov 2013 15:21 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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So there is no credible source for your claim, it's just over-ambitious wishful thinking on your part. I'm pretty sure everyone knew that anyways.

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