Valve Confirms They are Working on a Steam Box

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Nyarlathotep

I wonder if consumers will be able to install games from disc and add them to Steam or if will only work with content downloaded through Steam. How about streaming content from the internet or another computer on your home network?

We do not have enough information at this point to really form an opinion... so let the unfounded hyping commence.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Yes, please shag Microsoft like a cheap whore. After screwing up PC gaming with their XBox, screwing up the original Halo, screwing Mechwarrior, and fucking up Windows 8 beyond belief, Microsoft deserves it hard and dry.

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jedisamurai

This is nothing but good news. For people who have cash and time to burn on creating, modifying, and endlessly tweaking a gaming PC, they are welcome to keep doing so. But for people short on time, cash, and patience, finally a solution that allows them to play PC games WITHOUT shelling out a fortune for graphics card upgrades, spending hours installing, uninstalling, and changing settings to get acceptable performance.

This is quite literally the device I have been waiting for. I own hundreds of PC games, and hundreds of console games, and was dreading the prospect of buying a new computer just to be able to run new games a few years from now. Now I don't have to. Every few years I'll buy or upgrade to a new version of a Steam Box for a fraction of the price of a new PC, and be able to play current gen game with acceptable performance! Maybe not awesome performance...but then again, I'm not rich.

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JIFF01

ALl video games are computer games
The problem with consoles (and the advantage they have) is they get frozen in time, thus the programmers can tweak and make the most of the hardware,
But Steam is doing a diservice to the PC gaming industry with this, all they are doing is rivaling microsoft and Sony,

What we should have be doing is not mocking the lazy basterds that play on consoles, but showing how easy it is to build a PC

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Hilarity

Will it have a 680? A 3770? 16GB RAM? No? If you want to become a console peasant then fine, I'll stick with my superior PC. This is another useless console that will be heavily cut down, otherwise you might as well build you own.

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Penterax

And, the real reason Newell bashed Win 8 so hard. Surprise! Not.

I want to see Valve work on Steam. It's got great features, but it's buggy as heck.

I sent in a ticket for customer support (You have to make an account just for support, separate from your game account - what's up with that?) and it took almost 2 weeks to get a response - and the response was a form letter that had nothing to do with my issue.

Even if I was a console user, no way I'd buy a Valve console.

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JIFF01

It was clear all he was doing was preparing this stupid console, and decided to undermine windows, what a piece of excrement

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Refuge88

So, I'm not sure if I understand where they are going from this.

Everyone I talk to you or see on forums/comments sections about this seems to speak of this like it is going to be some sort of HTPC.

But I don't feel that this is the direction they are trying to go, and for good reason as some have mentioned the price would be too high to make a profit that is if their goal was to compete with the Consoles.

What I'm expecting is a console with competitive specs to the next gen consoles, and I'm hoping it will be upgradeable, but I'm not sure if it will be, because the whole boone for consoles is games are made for set specs, and not a wide array, makes it easier and cheaper to make them. If we get upgradeable parts, then I'm not sure if it will defeat that or not.

If anyone cares to set me straight on this please clarify things for me!

Thanks!

-Refuge

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LatiosXT

Unless they're willing to put a ridiculous price tag on it, the hardware is going to look pretty pathetic as a PC gaming box if they stick with COTS items. And if $300-$400 is about the sweet spot, look at what you can get for that much in a PC.

But it depends if they do a sell for profit or sell for loss model. Even if they do a sell for loss model and sell the equivalent of a $800 PC, that's a lot of money they're going to be tossing.

And if they really want to keep the whole "PC gaming does it better" approach, they're never going to sell a box for profit. Maybe it won't matter with Steam generating a truck ton of sales, but also keep in mind that most of those sales only happen when everything gets cut in half. Consoles still enjoy a steady stream of cash from the $60 end.

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kitsunekaji

Hmmm... I ask myself "Would I like to be able to just pop a PC game into a console and play it without worrying about compatibility issues?" The answer is yes.
My next question would be "Can I do simple upgrades to this system later on -when newer/heavier games come out for it?" If the answer to that is yes, then such a system would alleviate my having to build a gaming PC, now wouldn't it.
That would be wonderful, but I doubt that things will turn out that way. It is nice to dream though.

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FrancesTheMute

This will be brilliant if they make it partially upgradable, that would give it a HUGE advantage over consoles.

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vrmlbasic

Modern consoles are already partially upgradable, technically.

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Ghok

Not really aimed at someone who already has a PC? Maybe as a second PC for the living room or something, or you could buy it for someone who likes how PC games play but can't be bothered to assemble one themselves.

I can see some market for this, but Valve has to be careful not to kill what would be feeding this thing... and that's a love of PC style games, otherwise you might as well just buy a console.

I'm sure I'm like many people... I like all kinds of games, I have a controller for my PC, and even wish more games that used it would come out! (would love a good PC platformer!) but when I actually do see games that encourage their use, I get a little fearful that games with more complicated controls will go away. Is this rational? well, maybe not, but then I think of all the various franchises that started out on PC and have all become terrible (or sub-par) console franchises, and I know my fears aren't totally unfounded.

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Peanut Fox

I can only speculate on what the final Steam Box will be, but as it stands the market can barely support 3 major consoles, there's no way 4 can fit into this space.

Unless we get lots of new people playing games, or Valve is able to remove Sony or Microsoft from the equation, the Steam Box won't sell very well as a traditional console.

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majorsuave

That might be a good thing if the "Steam Box" is really just a Windows HTPC with a modded shell and a predetermined set of hardware and that can actually play all of Valve's catalog as well as anything you might throw at a PC.

When I think predetermined hardware I'm thinking "AMD FX-something with Radeon HD something and up with fixed chipset model" OR "Intel core iSomething with Nvidia something GTX and up"

Will suck if it is only able to play games created with that box in mind. I now own a lot of games on Steam, if they are not supported by a Steam Box, it has no use to me.

Then again, Steam can play my games on my HTPC. my desktop, my laptop and my work PC. If I can use a SteamBox and repurpose the HTPC, then great.

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Peanut Fox

I think it's more likely it'll be a custom Linux based OS versus a Windows PC.

It doesn't make sense if you're Valve to take a hit in the cost of an OS on top of everything else. This also gives Valve the option to completely control the platform.

I can't see this being very successful unless they plan to do some serious kowtowing on their platform, or it plays PC versions of games.

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vrmlbasic

Finally, now I have a chance of being able to play PC versions of games with my non-PC-inclined friends. The Xbox 360 is an antiquated piece of garbage but I've been forced into using it because it is all most of my gamer friends have.

Borderlands 1 & 2 on 360 is hell on the eyes.

Hopefully it will have the same low "learning curve" and high-ish convenience of Xbox Live.

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Sir Hobbes3

Thanks Gabe, this is EXACTLY what I've wanted to hear for some time now!!!!!

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lindethier

I'm okay with this. It might be interesting to see what these things would end up looking like.

If some of the manufacturers made their own kind of SteamBox, you would get some cool looking options between them. I don't think any of the PC vendors would be willing to take a risk with building one of these, however.

Either way, I'm gonna keep rocking my gaming rig until she gives up the ghost. :)

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CarryingColoradan

Interesting development, but unless you can play with a keyboard and mouse, I'm not interested. (Not interested in a Steam Box in place of my 6-core monster anyway, but....) The console-style controller is a deal-killer for me. :^p

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mclovin

Warrior, I don't think your comment makes a lot of sense. Surprised nobody's flamed you yet...

So this is merely Valve offering an OPTION to consumers who may be interested in a more standardized Steam experience on the big screen. This IS NOT like the consoles, because Valve will continue to support and champion the open-ended Steam experience on PC. If you don't like this, you don't have to buy it.

This is very different from Apple and the evil consoles because they offer ONLY a closed experience, and ACTIVELY work to constrain the environment.

I don't see how Valve offering an option, that doesn't conflict with the real Steam, is a problem. If anything, this may lure more people over to the Light-Side of a more open-ended PC experience.

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SilverSurferNHS

^ Which in turn will bring competition that some of us don't even have to be a part of to reap the benefits of. Which is a possibility that i like best about this whole thing.

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Neufeldt2002

"A locked down Steam Box running Linux probably wouldn’t be all that useful..."

I would imagine that the Steam Box would run a modified version of Linux though as that would cut development times by a fairly large margarine. Especially given the work that they are doing with nVidia and AMD on the Linux platform. Couple that with other things they have said on their Linux Blog regarding getting other game developers to support Linux, etc, seems that this is the most logical conclusion.

Hope they can make it work as competition makes it better for all involved.

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majorsuave

"fairly large margarine" made me giggle :)

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Refuge88

+1

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Neufeldt2002

So sorry, meant margin. *facepalm* knew something wasn't right when I wrote it, but it was just plain stupidity on my part for not catching that.

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