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The Steam Box: Potentially Revolutionary

Somewhat of a holiday gift from head honcho and centerpiece for internet trolling Gabe Newell, the Steam Box has indeed been announced and has a release date set for roughly Q1 2013. Despite no real solid details being given regarding set-in-stone plans or structural context of the project, the future looks extremely bright.

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The-Batman1709d ago

I personally believe that the "Steam Box" is a major mistake. I don't see many people purchasing this unknown relic over the other big name platforms.

Jinkies1709d ago (Edited 1709d ago )

Well it is Valve and Steam is a pretty well known "thing" so them coming out with this is going to grab peoples attention

It just depends on what it can do at the end of the day and if they want to lure people in they better start revealing it soon since it would be coming out this Summer.

I mean it's really for console gamers who would want to play on there PC with games but can't because of how much gaming PCs cost and I mean good PCs the ones which will last you for a few years without upgrading.

If the Steam box has great storage for downloable games and has a place to store mods then it's a buy from me. Playing L4D like you would on the 360, controler and all, BUT with mods...it would be amazing. Hell imagine TF2...the FULL game like on the PC, all the updates and new features for it, lets not forget all the FREE DLC for games. I could finaly play Skyrim but with all the great mods out there.

I personaly believe this is a proper console, they're trying to say it's some PC/Hybrid but I think there just saying that incase some PC gamers thinking they are "abandoning" that audience when there not...they are just trying to expand and widen there audience. I mean it is there first console...anything after could be easily improved or added with a Steam update

The-Batman1709d ago

Those were some really good points. Though I am also a PC gamer with a decently high quality gaming rig. I honestly believe that any PC gamer or someone that wants a PC gaming experience should just build a gaming PC. There are far too many console releases just over the hill, and one already out in stores.

Too many consoles will probably force one of the players out of the game early, and I believe that casualty will be the Steam Box.

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Godmars2901709d ago (Edited 1709d ago )

Valve is pretty well known among PC gamers, not the general public. I don't understand why PC gamers don't understand this - that they are no the general public or that the general public does not have basic understanding of PCs.

This is probably not going to matter since the Steam box is being aimed at PC gamers, but still.

@BattleAxe:
While already having a 40 million user base is a very good point, still have to ask how many those -

Wait: Half-Life 2 Episode 3. Sh*t, that's probably 10 million sales first month if not day one which then gives them tons of credit with 3rd party devs. Again - sh*t.

Question is will there be any backlash if its a Steam box exclusive? Not on PC.

BattleAxe1709d ago (Edited 1709d ago )

Steam has over 40 Million users, so that alone should give them a better launch than the first Xbox had. Steam is also getting exposure with their deal with GameStop to distribute Steam Cards, similar to Microsoft Points Cards or PSN Cards. More and more PC games like MW3 and Black Ops 2 are being released at retail with Steamworks, which means people have to use the Steam Client to play the game.

Now if you look at the games that Valve has which they can make exclusive to Steam...Portal, Left 4 Dead, Counter Strike, Team Fortress and Half Life. While I'm not a fan of a couple of these games, these are huge titles that will entice people to buy the Steam Box. The last point I'll make, is that when console gamers see the huge sales that Steam offers as compared to the price of console games, gamers will see a huge opportunity just like I did, to save alot of money.

The business case for Steam to move into the livingroom is simple, just look at how many copies of a game like CoD sells on consoles as compared to PC....its obvious. If Steam moves into the livingroom, it becomes more maistream than it already is. Because of the Steam User Interface, it makes PC gaming user friendly. I used to be a hardcore Sonydroid (and I still am :), but Steam has opened my eyes to PC gaming to the point where 50% of my time is spent on my PC these days. Steam is essentially already a console on your PC, so in my opinion the move to a dedicated console for the livingroom is a natural evolution for the Steam service.

Thatguy-3101709d ago (Edited 1709d ago )

The common person has no idea what steam or valve are. You will be surprised how many people don't pay attention to what studio makes what. It entering the console market it will be seen as a new kid in town. It will have trouble establishing itself since a lot of ppl are waiting for the next xbox and ps system. Valve has stated that the console won't be aim towards the pc crowed they are basically trying to bring in more people into pc gaming with the console by offering a similar experience.

rawshack1709d ago

@mika whats the point of having Comments if people cant say what they what to say everyone has there own view long or short. im sure your just a troll

Sketchy_Galore1709d ago

@Mika

"Can you plz keep your post short and simple. Like a paragraph or less should honestly be the maximum. You need to learn how to get your point across with only a few sentences because if you go on. Your post becomes boring and confusing. Most of the time, I honestly don't read your post because it so long and because it so much. Im srry for the mini rant but I just had to get that off my chest. You have really been annoying me lately. "

So basically what you're saying is keep it short and simple?

fei-hung1709d ago

My question would be this, considering all I hear from many pc fans on this site is the talk of amazing graphics and super systems, will the Steambox allow them to upgrade?

What other PC perks will it allow? E.g. Can I watch anything on it and download any game, film and music on it?

Will you be able to install Office or other essentials on there?

In other words, will the price of the Steambox justify the purchase over a dedicated entertainment pc that can do everything.

Kevin ButIer1709d ago

I don't see it as a mistake, but it sure can get messy, specially for costumers. Why? We'll have 3 options with almost the same capabilities. One will try to outshine others with premium 1st party devs support, the other with PC exclusives and the 720... with kinect

MikeMyers1709d ago (Edited 1709d ago )

This is what it has (potentially) going for them

1. Potentially cheaper software
2. Better platform for indie developers
3. Faster updates and patch approvals
4. Primarily just a game machine (Netflix, cable/movie provider, etc. will not be offered) Some may see this as a negative.
5. Free online service that also supports dedicated servers and mod support
6. The ability to gift and trade online content
7. More powerful hardware than current consoles

This is what it has (potentially) going against it

1. Digital content only
2. Lack of AAA exclusives
3. Marketing and retail outlets
4. High price
5. Not as upgradeable as a PC

What is clear is out of all the other players Valve is the best for partnering itself with actual gamers. They don't have other hardware or other divisions to cater to. They are not overwhelmed with management. They are the less restrictive.

StanSmith1709d ago

@mika

I'd rather read one of Jinkies' well thought out posts than one of your trolling, fanboyish posts.

It annoys me that you haven't been banned yet!

Jinkies1709d ago Show
SolidStoner1709d ago

I believe that Steam Box is more of a problem for Microsoft than Sony... Most part of current ps3 gamers will stick with PS4... but I can see some Xbox gamers go for steam box since they both will have similar games and exclusives maybe.. meanwhile sony ps4 with its massive high quality exclusive count should stand out no problem... only reason this not to happen is price difference...

Jazz41081709d ago

Valve better find a good advertising team besides the pc if this thing even has a chance to become mainstream.

ABizzel11709d ago

I don't understand why they don't integrate it as an app like Netflix or something.

iNFAMOUZ11709d ago

no one i know or ever known knows about steam, what are you smoking?

darthv721709d ago

that hasnt been said before? Valve and Steam are well known in the PC gaming segment (as stated before).

The Pc gaming segment is a small percentage of total PC users in the world and it even pales in comparison to that of the home console market.

Ask a 40-60 year old person if they know who Valve is (let alone Steam) and see if they are as aware as asking them if they know who Mario is.

no doubt the steambox is the coming of age of ideas that have been tried before. only now, here we are at the right time and with a company that gamers can relate to. Unlike other attempts at bridging the PC gaming world with the console gaming world.

MS could be considered the runaway success in that before the xbox, most only related MS with windows and their office products. The gaming portion was very small by comparison. Them bringing the idea of a PC in a box to the living room...tried before but not as an actual entertainment platform (think webtv).

others had ideas of trying to do the PC convenience in traditional home electronics. Via and Apex had a unit that was to offer drop in play of PC games (at the time) but of course the names backing the project werent as widely known so the initial backing of others wasnt as strong.

We all know about the Phantom which was the elusive streaming platform that never was but the idea of stream-play went on to be used in services like Gaikai and on-live and a few others.

All good ideas eventually find their way back around. Its a matter time and place that determines success.

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Welshy1709d ago

@TheBatman

I wouldn't call the steambox a "mistake", but i would question the market it is going for.

PC's exist to do one thing and consoles exist to do another.

I can't see the PC crowd being too interested, as they will probably have a PC anyway if they are fond of Valve.

But on the flipside, i can't imagine the majority of console players jumping ship over their more familiar brands of Playstation and Xbox as they initially picked console over Pc initially for a reason.

I have always seen PC and console as seperate entities, so the purpose of the SteamBox is lost on me as someone who currently owns a PC and have the consoles too.

All the best of luck and i hope it succeeds and pushes the next console gen to new heights, but it's not filling a market gap i personally see as necessary.

TronEOL1709d ago

The SteamBox does fill a purpose tho. There are tons of people like my brother who WANT to get into PC gaming, but don't want to put in the effort or money to do so.

Consoles have the upper hand to PC Gaming by being so easy to buy and use. All Valve is doing is making an incredibly accessible PC that runs Big Picture mode. They aren't trying to compete with Xbox and PlayStation, they're just trying to allow gamers to get into PC gaming easier.

By that I mean you won't see Valve making all their first party games (Half Life, Portal, Left 4 Dead, etc) exclusive to Steam. They'll still pop up on Xbox and PlayStation (possibly WiiU) regardless of SteamBox being released.

ceballos77mx1709d ago

@ Troeol.
I'm on the same boat as your brother, I want to get into PC gaming but I don't want to go thru building or paying for a high end PC so for me this is a day one for me, but I disagree on not making their games exclusives and being on the other consoles.

Knight_Crawler1709d ago (Edited 1709d ago )

Batman - Do not underestimate the power of the following game if the were exclusive to the Steam Box:

Half Life Ep 3 or new Half Life game
Left for Dead 3
Portal 3
TF3
New Counter Strike Game
Dota 3
Day of Defeat 2
Alien Swarm 2
Orange Box 2

Imagine not being able to play Half Life on your PS4 or 720.

I will be buying a Steam Box day one and I am a hardcore console gamer.

The_Infected1709d ago

I'm pretty much with you on what you said. I'm so exited to see what it looks like. I wonder when and where they will officially announce their console?

the worst1709d ago

half life 1 and 2 is one of the most overrated game in history
counter strike is pure trash
the only game thats ok is portal

modesign1709d ago

if you have a pc you can play these, you going to waste shelve space for games that you can play on computer. you buy a ps3/360 because you CANT play some of those on PC, all those games are on pc,

Tr10wn1709d ago (Edited 1709d ago )

Valve have and will always support the PC community, the steam box is just a PC for the living room nothing else, if valve release HL3, TF3 or anything made by Valve it will be out for PC for sure there is no doubt about it, i love the idea of the Steam Box tho.

Thatguy-3101709d ago

The only series you named that I've played is portal. Really could live with out them. Microsoft has their halo and gears and sony has all the other exclusives im into. Ill just wait and see when it comes out . No point in judging it since it hasn't been shown yet.

hobohunterz1709d ago

How would those games be exclusive to steam box when you can just get them for a regular pc, not to mention how are you going to compete with pc gamers using the quickness of a mouse for first person shooters when your using a steam box controller?

MariaHelFutura1709d ago

Am I the only one confused about the Orange Box 2?

iamnsuperman1709d ago

These games are only really big with people who already have gaming rigs and play them. To the general public it isn't such a big deal

bumnut1709d ago

@the worst

Are you serious? both games were ground breaking when released.

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Bigpappy1709d ago

I am inclined to think that it is a solution looking for a problem. I could be proved wrong, but I don't see PC users leaving PC's and moving to this Linix box. They pretty much own the PC gaming market. I don't see how this venture would attract enough users to keep it viable. It will not use windows and therefore most PC games will not run on it. This will be pretty much like any console, but upgradable. I am sure it will get some 3rd party support (because they are Valve), but will they get enough. If they decide to use windows, the price point is going to be a major selling point.

Ju1709d ago

Wine runs quite a few Windows games on linux incl full DirectX support.Steam on linux already supports this. I would be so sure this won't be a success. It's quite tempting. At least this "box" will have a unified user interface which PC games just don't have. That alone will simplify the
access to PC gaming.

The_Infected1709d ago

I believe it isn't a mistake but instead it's a way to get gamers who don't want to build a PC, isn't smart enough, or just wants a turnkey solution to get on Steam just like Xbox 360 or PS3. They buy the Steam console turn it on and play. Believe it or not it will pull in millions of gamers probably. If they charge a good price and its very comparable to Xbox 720 I couldn't see why anyone wouldn't want it. I mean your talking an add free interface, free online, and a huge indie library. PS3 would be more of a threat than MS I think but they're both so damn slow to get their consoles out it looks like Steam is going to get a head start.