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TotalHitman  +   648d ago
I want a steambox. PS3 owner. Ex-360 and Wii owner. I don't know much about PC's, but the steambox looks like an interesting alternative for me. Just give me a controller.
mr_kubrick  +   648d ago
Kid: "DAD I WANT THE NEW STEAM CONSOLE!"
Father (over 35yo): "U MEAN A STEAM TRAIN FOR CHRISTMAS?"
Kid: "NO, A VIDEOGAME CONSOLE"
Mother (over 35yo): "U MEAN SONY OR MICROSOFT? OR NINTENDO?"
Kid: "NO, STEAM, THE SERVICE ON PC! THEY MADE A CONSOLE!"
Fahter & Mother: "WE DONT KNOW THAT SHIT, U GET A STEAM TRAIN. STFU NOW."

Good luck, Valve. Expect to go a hard and long way.
hivycox  +   648d ago
LOL...true story ;)
madpuppy  +   648d ago
you ACTUALLY believe a 35 year old wouldn't know what steam is? or haven't played half life at some time in their life? a 35 year old would have been 20 when half life came out. and I can attest to the fact that they were not running down the street with a stick and a tire back way back in 1998. Steam came out in 2003, how old were you in 2003?

at this time in gaming history you have to start changing that age to somewhere around 47 to have someone not be interested or know much about gaming.
mr_kubrick  +   648d ago
To answer your question, i was 27 in 2003.

But, to be honest, NOBODY around me DOES actually know what STEAM is. Or who VALVE is. And with my fictional Story i just wanted to show u that Moms and Dads buy Brands they know.

Although I freaking love HL (I bought the Original CD in 98) and HL2, trust me, no Mom or Dad buys something from a company called Valve for Christmas.
madpuppy  +   648d ago
yeah, and I was 34 in 2003 and a good portion of the people I know, know full well who valve is (are?).

But, On that note I have been gaming since the pre 2600 days.

"video" gaming didn't just appear sometime around the release of the playstation.

telstar, anyone?? :P
Ulf  +   648d ago
Lol @ article. Whatever. The number of people who will even know about this thing, let alone buy one, is tiny.

The trouble with trying to sell a "console", at retail, without physical software, is that the retailers can't make any money off the console, unless its overpriced (like the Wii). This is why the PSP Go was overpriced at $250 instead of $200, and subsequently tanked.

Retailers agree to sell consoles like PS3s and 360s at-cost, because they ALSO sell the software (for profit). Without software on the shelf, no retailer will touch this console, unless it is crazy overpriced, for the retailers' benefit. They probably won't even go for that -- they learned their lesson already: PSP Go.
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Donnywho  +   648d ago
There are many possibilities but this takes balls. Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft are established and they all have areas where they shine and dominate. Seems like you would technically need to challenge each company on their biggest strength. Quite a challenge.
Jason143  +   648d ago
console gamers seem to not understand. pc has better graphics but more importantly have you ever played battlefield 3 with 250 vs 250 on console? The player count can be extremely high. Call of duty having its own dedicated servers, theres so many advantages for this steam box aka (PC) that its really going to dominate the industry. Think about buying it day 1 and signing on and theres already millions online as its all linked to steam. This is huge imo
Getowned  +   648d ago
I hope they call it the companion cube XD
Fakdafakinfakerz  +   648d ago
I was about to buy a new PC... I'm gonna wait and see then. It could be interesting to have a Steambox to play shooters online (dedicated servers!) and a PS4 for everything else.
CC-Tron  +   648d ago
I don't think there is room for 4 competing consoles. One of them is likely going to fail.
Dlacy13g  +   648d ago
Valves next box is just a limited PC. Not sure why they are even bothering. It goes against everything they have always said about PC freedoms and upgradability.
turgore  +   648d ago
I said it before and Ill say it again. Microsoft and Sony should unite. Their next console would kick so much ass it would cause Gabe to be as skinny as a supermodel.
extermin8or  +   648d ago
I don't think this is quite what everyone expects it will be, if there's an announcement that say all valve games will be pc/steambox exclusive then that would change my view, but I think theis is going to just be a case of a "mid range spec pc with other functions that limit gaming disabled or modified, not quite the 'console' people expect if it's competing with sony and Nintendo too, because they'll need killer exclusivesto do so.
Schawk  +   648d ago
Bye Bye Ps4, hello Steambox
3-4-5  +   648d ago
OK. It will also do the same to Nintendo and Sony..
TBONEJF  +   648d ago
See i knew it. VALVE is a greedy company that only care bout sales/exclusive not graphics.
cloud 279  +   648d ago
The problem I perceive for steambox is exclusives: We all know why we bought our console of choice, Xbox for Halo, Gears. Sony for Uncharted, Killzone and Nintendo for Zela, Metroid, Mario etc. The big question will be what will steambox offer compared to Xbox, PS and Wii. What will differentiate steambox from the current or upcoming consoles on market?
We will mostly be able to play steam games on PC with keyboard, mice or controller, so why buy a console to just play steam games. Also 3rd party games are all on PS, Xbox, and PC. So why not just buy for 1 console you already have
RegKDwight  +   648d ago
This article is irrelevant. I think it's fairly well known that Valve are using Linux for their Steambox OS. That means no full Steam Library as around 95% of the games run on Windows. Easy for Valve to fix with their games, not so much for 3rd party developers. Although porting them would be easy, would the demand be there for them to do so?
OSIRUSSS  +   648d ago
If I can't buy used games. I'm not buying any next Gen system.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   648d ago
Whys is gotta be MS? Why not Nintendo, Sony or Ouya?

Well ok MS can learn from Valve. MS next gen console can be more developmental friendly and allow third party to develop what they want with out a leg and a arm. MS did open up the Xbox quite a bit this gen (recently) but obviously not enough and MS will have free 2 play games coming in a big way come next gen. But its really about content. MS should give third party devs some peace of mind when developing on their platform.
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Theyellowflash30  +   647d ago
MS relies on Third parties too much, they need to develop more first party titles when the Steambox launches or a lot of their sales will go the Steambox. Nintendo and Sony have more first party IP so consumers will be more likely to buy those products.

Read the article. It lists plenty of reasons MS will be hit hard. Not to mention MS will be the only major system charging for online play & applications you can get free on the internet. ESPN, FM Radio, ect all free on the internet.
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dorron  +   648d ago
I'll buy a PS4 for the game series I follow (God Of War, Uncharted, Gran Turismo, Ratchet, etc.), but if I was to buy a second console I'd no doubt buy the steambox!
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MaverickStar7  +   648d ago
Too many assumptions tossed around when you don't know what this or the other consoles really are or what they can do. I think a console similiar to a mid to high end PC in terms of gaming abilities that can deliver Steam to my tv is great. What I want to know is what other things can it do? Now I don't need Home, Avatars, Kinect and another music service. But what will it do to keep me from buying one of the other consoles or just sticking with a PC? I don't have a blu ray player or Roku box, I have an Xbox and PS3 for that. Obviously it wont have the exclusives. But maybe I can live with that if thats the only reason I need the other consoles. If its not doing something more or doing it better than my PC, Xbox, and PS3 then it won't be necessary.

Also will it be controller based? Or mouse and keyboard? Will installing a game, running, and updating a game be more like a console or like a PC? Will the system require upgrades? If its not plug and play like a console, I doubt it would put much of a dent in the console crowd.
BitbyDeath  +   648d ago
Article is missing a key point.
Valve is American. Many Americans buy the Xbox over other consoles cause it comes from their homeland.

Can't wait to see all these new consoles at E3.
madpuppy  +   648d ago
I would have no problem at all getting a steambox as long as there will be the same kind of discounts you get from steam now, I definatly will not be buying old games for 35-60 dollars when they are 5.00 to 15.00 of steam for the pc.
rainkore  +   648d ago
I personally think this is going to be amazing. Main reason being, there are tons of people who love PC games but do not have a system to run them. A large amount of people also cannot afford a gaming rig required to run certain games, Crysis 3 will be the prime example here. If the steambox is affordable and capable of playing amazing games and is upgradable it will bring a large number of people back to the PC gaming arena.

or not.... who knows.
RickHiggity  +   648d ago
Those sexy steam sales alone will probably attract people to this console.
dafegamer  +   648d ago
this might push MS to invest money in First party development. Sure Halo and Gears are great but MS seriously need more exclusive Games
DrRobotnik  +   648d ago
History shows us that, there can only be three home consoles at one time. I wonder which one will fall off.
Platinum_k  +   648d ago
Does this mean Wii U is in its own league?... Only appealing to the kids of this generation? It's hard not to think about this...

Sony
Microsoft
Valve

...Appeals to the hardcore gamers. THE NEW BIG 3
maxfischer  +   648d ago
The Valve console will do great because it will be exclusive with
Half life 2 episode 3
Team fortress 3
Left 4 dead 3
Portal 3

But you know maybe.......
crackforgangstas  +   648d ago
Steam is taking over the world!!
weirdo  +   648d ago
steambox has my full attention. ultimately it's the gamer who wins, regardless of platform choice
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