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Why Steam Box should Worry Microsoft & Sony

Valve recently announced their plans to launch a console in 2013 that will directly compete against Sony & Microsoft in the Next-Gen console war. One would think that a new player in the console arena would start off at a big disadvantage, and that probably would be true for most companies. But if any company has the capacity to deal some big punches, its Valve.

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mochachino1322d ago (Edited 1322d ago )

I for one would love something partially upgradable (ram, GPU) but still compatible with older hardware, sort of like iPhone.

I know the advantage of consoles is optimizing for specific hardware and knowing a game will work immediately after you put it in but if Valve can work out a deal with a GPU maker that allows for a specific "SteamBox" GPU so devs would still know exactly what hardware they're working with.

Maybe have 3 versions of the SteamBox like one capable of medium settings, high settings, ultra settings, etc. The hardware would be the same for each specific version so devs know exactly what they're working with. And gamers can upgrade their "Basic Steam Box" to Ultra anytime they want by buying a better Steam GPU/RAM pack.

Take the best of both consoles and PC - optimization, confidence that your game with work the second you put it in and upgradability.

dedicatedtogamers1322d ago

SteamBox would cut deeply into Microsoft's territory. That's pretty much what the (DirecX)box brand is: a cheap introduction to PC gaming. Sony has its own problems but SteamBox is not one of them.

For PC gamers, SteamBox doesn't really mean anything except for (perhaps) better-optimized multiplatform games in the future. But for console gamers, Steambox would be a great introduction to the wide, wide world of PC gaming.

camel_toad1322d ago

What reeeeally has me more curious about the steam box even more so than the graphical capabilities and upgrade possibilities is all of the research Valve has put into new gameplay tech.

Specifically biometrics and their holodeck-sounding tech.

Npugz71322d ago

Microsoft and Sony have nothing to worry about! There fanbase is huge and so many of them have never heard of Valve. Valve is the one that needs to worry about trying to get people to convert to there console.

dedicatedtogamers1322d ago

Yes, most PS3 and 360 owners haven't heard of Half Life, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead, and Portal.

Ohwaitaminit...

Dlacy13g1322d ago

What I do agree with in this guys assessment is...competition is good for the industry!

aquamala1322d ago

why would any gamer not want competition?

sdozzo1322d ago

Competition equals competitive pricing. Hopefully. Along with more content etc.

RuleofOne343 1322d ago (Edited 1322d ago )

Of these 1,800 games are not some of them published owned by Sony, MS & publishing partners that could have their games pulled off steam due to maybe some board room conference or fine print in most contracts.( just saying their always the Screw u factor the big 3 can always pull).

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