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AFDozerman

Are we sure that it's Microsoft that's building the walled garden?

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Renegade Knight

That's the big fear. That the App store only Metro Apps program will extend the rest of the way and close off desktop.

I use steam because of the sales. If I can't use steam for games on Windows 9. I'll need another way to access my library.

Thankfully I can do this on Win 9. OS X, Linux, and Via Steam Machines.

Yes Steam is closed but has a lot of ways to access the content.

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LatiosXT

All that Valve feared was that Microsoft was locking down the usage of desktop applications in favor of Metro applications so Microsoft could scrutinize what goes on Windows.

Valve thinks it's some kind of savior because it doesn't do that with their apps. But it's still more or less a walled garden as long as I need my credentials to access anything. It's like saying "my gated community is better because we don't background check and drug test tenants"

GoG is pretty much the only one who's really "doing it right"

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vrmlbasic

I'm a bit leery of GOG's "galaxy" initiative. I'm also not liking their "DRM is okay if it only impacts the multiplayer component" approach :(

It's still better than Steam, but only because of how egregious Steam is IMO (kinda like Verizon vs Comcast).

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Bullwinkle J Moose

we ARE sure that Microsoft is building "a" walled garden?

I'm NOT sure whether your reference was for Valve or this contraption however

I don't see the purpose for this device to even exist unless it was designed by Microsoft to confuse the market

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Scatter

Steamboy? Are they looking for a lawsuit?

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Hey.That_Dude

Not likely. But you're welcome to explain your trail of though as I'm not getting it.

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Scatter

Hmmm, a portable gaming device ending with boy..

Where might I have heard of that before?

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Hey.That_Dude

You mean the name that Nintendo dropped because it confined their marketing approach to a single gender... They'd much rather you forget about those dark days. Also the ending of a name isn't enough of a similarity to warrant a lawsuit.

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vrmlbasic

I wonder if, somewhere down the line, Valve's antics today will be used to remind business students of the future as to why they indeed should take feasibility studies seriously.

Is there a market for this?

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Bullwinkle J Moose

What the hell does this abortion have to do with Valve?

The idea behind realtime streaming is to use a reasonably high-end computer and graphics solution to render graphics at much better specs than this could ever hope to do and then compress the graphical output and stream it to a handheld device or TV with latencies low enough to be playable on the remote TV, tablet or even on this abomination

ANY cheap tablet that meets minimum wi-fi and latency specs with streaming in mind should be able to control a Steambox with minimum lag and with far better graphics than this contraption could produce and at a far lower cost

THIS thing will be eaten alive by cheaper tablets that meet the specs required for streaming

THIS seems to be for those who will not be streaming but rather just running steam directly from the device itself

I could be wrong and you "may" be able to stream crappy graphics from this to a bigscreen TV but what's the point?

The feasability studies for streaming have already been proven and will only get better with time

STEAM and the SteamBox are completely different animals from this...........thing!

When Valve was asked to see if they were involved with the development of the Steamboy, the company simply responded by saying, "We have no idea what this is."

and neither do I

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vrmlbasic

How is this device an abortion?

There's no way that Valve doesn't know what this is, even if they aren't involved with it.

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zEric7x

I got to play DOTA on to go!...I guess that market.

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Hey.That_Dude

THIS!

Except that more titles need to be added/ported from other consoles. And more specs plz.

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satrain18

I got a feeling it's gonna be called the Steam Pocket.

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jason2393

My Lenovo Miix 2 8's Atom processor is surprisingly capable at gaming, considering the specs and lack of fan. Skyrim is playable, as is Just Cause 2, though GTA 4 isn't (not terribly surprising, it's a poor port).

If these guys pack a higher-end Atom, or perhaps one of AMD's newer chips, and manage to provide enough heat dissipation, it could be the next gadget on my shopping list.

32 GB of storage is worrying, though. 64, 128, and 256 solutions are a must for Steam games.

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Innomasta

Another niche product like the Nvidia Shield and Steambox

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LatiosXT

>Play a majority of games in Steam

Er... Okay.

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stradric

The majority of Steam games have low performance requirements. It makes sense when you think about all the older games and indie titles that make up the Steam catalog.

There are even plenty of modern games with low sysreqs. Minecraft, XCOM, Towerfall, etc.

However, the fact that only 400+ games are confirmed to work in Linux compared to the 17k titles in the catalog presents a bit of a problem.

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AFDozerman

We're up to 400? That's actually great news!

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p47riot

This is where I see Steam's streaming capability coming in to close that gap. I currently have an ASUS netbook connected to my TV downstairs, streaming any game I want from my gaming PC upstairs and the results are phenomenal (even over wireless!) so I think that's where devices like these will shine...as a means to take your game from the office to the couch or bed. That still limits you to smaller games like you mentioned, if you wanted to take the thing on the road, though.

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wintercoder

"Steamboy will arrive next year" That is, until it is delayed until 2016, for some 'tweaks.'