Steam Box Prototypes Detailed

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CaptainFabulous

I guess you missed the part of the article where the admit this is not intended for people who have killer gaming PCs.

Reading is fundamental!

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Granite

If Valve can keep the price of this thing down to somewhere near what people are spending on their consoles, then they have a chance of competing.

I don't think they can do it.

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CaptainFabulous

Depends. You can build a rig that's similar in power to a console for about the same price as a console. Also remember these are full PCs, so they are a giant step up from a console that is already outdated before it hits the shelf.

What kind of SteamBox one chooses will depends upon the desired use. Do you plan on playing AAA current titles in 1080p with all the eye candy on? Then expect to have to spend more than a console, which is incapable of doing that. If you only plan on playing low-power casual games and/or streaming the AAA titles from your current gaming rig, then you could easily get away with something a lot cheaper and more in line with the price of a console, possibly even less. You may even be able to use a spare machine you have lying around that's collecting dust, depending upon the hardware requirements for streaming. Install SteamOS, plug it into your network and TV and you're good to go, the only required purchase being the SteamOS controller.

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Granite

You got to think about the kind of people they are targeting. People who buy consoles don't worry about building their own consoles...they just want a reasonable price and they want it to work. Heck, people who buy consoles don't even really care that much about graphics quality.

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p47riot

Keep in mind, this is just one "SteamBox". I'm sure there will be other 3rd party solutions that will bill themselves as the budget solution. Even the "low end" specs that Valve is reporting could be built fairly cheaply. Admittedly, it probably didn't help much when Xi3's revealed theirs @ $1k...hopefully other companies will be a little more realistic with their pricing.

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5150Arcticwolf

I like where Steam is going with this. If you ever had the desire to create your own game (Or customized console), after the Steambox comes out you will have no excuse not to. I'm with prckomm on buying the Steam box, but I will be installing Steam OS on my media center PC to play it in the living room.

The Steam Box is anything you make of it. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo only give you one option and make you pay out the a$$ for it. Steam Box can be customized to exactly how you game, and with many different manufacturers you will not be shelling out a ton of cash to get exactly what you want.

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prckomm

Why would I have an xbox, probably a ps4 my pc and another box? My pc beats the hell out of steambox and as far as living room goes its either xbox or sony

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CaptainFabulous

Why limit yourself?