Sony And Microsoft Should Be Worried About The Steam Box. Very Worried.

Kotaku - The future of home gaming. The next generation. For years now, the anticipation and excitement over what's to come has been dominated by speculation over what would come next from Microsoft and Sony.

In one day, Valve has changed all of that.

It's been hard to get excited about PC gaming in the way you do about a new console. The nature of the PC means it gets a little better all the time. You don't really notice how powerful the platform has become until you stop and look back at the games and hardware that have come before.

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LackTrue4K1684d ago

if it was price at 600 or less then ya, 1,000 is toooo much.
only hardcore gamers will get it at that price.
im interested in getting this, if no ps4 this year...then there's a 50/50 chances im getting this.

The_Infected1684d ago

Yea the price will kill this thing. It should be $500 or $450 but nearly a grand is just stupid when Microsoft and Sony will have there consoles for half that price.

MikeMyers1684d ago

That's true and if the price is that much higher then they will be attracting a different audience. I don't see it being a $1,000 though, might as well just build your own PC then. If it is priced around $500 then Both Microsoft and Sony (even Nintendo to some degree) will be looking closely to it.

The major advantages that Sony and Microsoft will still have is marketing, a built up fanbase from previous generations and exclusive content. Valve doesn't really generate too many games of their own but what they do have is great support from smaller studios. However Xbox Live and Playstation Network are also building up their own repertoire of game support of smaller titles. Steam also relies solely on digital content and there's still quite a few gamers who prefer games on disc.

I'm still excited to see what Valve brings. They are the most flexible company of the bunch.

CyberCam1684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

You people thinking about it all wrong!

Reading so many of these articles & comments on Valves new box and people are not getting the real benefit a Steam Box would bring????

The hardware aspect is just a way to a means... the real story hear is the ecosystems & cost effective savings it will bring to console gamers!

Say the box does cost $700 to $1000 up front, think about the savings in game purchases in the future and not to mention the open platform of FREE mods you will have access to that the Sony & Microsoft consoles will not have, seeing how they are closed systems.

Also, think about the Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring Steam sales you will have access to that you wouldn't have with the other systems (where you can get full franchises for dirt cheap!). And lets not forget that games will be cheaper because there's no licensing fees for developers!

Think about the modular aspect of the Steam Box where as tech grows you can upgrade your Steam Box accordingly, while the other consoles are stuck with the bottleneck systems.

I think the price will be well worth it in the end!

N4g_null1684d ago

What ever happened to charging for a service to pay for the box?

These guys are talking as if they are trying to use some thing very similar to tegra 4 or the Maxwel.

The unreal engine needs like 2.5 teraflops right.
Maxwell sits right around 4.5 teraflops i believe and the tegra design is 200 teraflops.

Gabe wants one box to run 6 consoles with DIFFERENT games playing on each console terminal with 6-8 joypads. WOW he has to use the tegra for that design.

This is about to be the xbox that ms was afraid of. If they make a tegra box as a wireless host and even these little steam boxes as just a local rendering solution then you have your self the bose speaker edition of gaming console!

They could easily rent these boxes out. Suddenly pirating would be based on your system power and not getting a serial key. Then if they mix the grid computing into it all and make it mostly wireless boom we can see the true birth of a cell like platform finally.

Hell I wouldn't mind having this in my next LG big screen tv or maybe a samsung. Then buying extra pistons for what ever reason.

Hell they could even use NPC to pair all the tech together.

What would be a real com-by-yaaa monment is if steam box is used as method to bring true cloud gaming to consoles that are going to get crushed by the in coming maxwell and tegra 4 designs.

Even nintendo is offering the if you can do it better we will play ball with you senarios to tvii providers. A console that plays nice with PC like tech would be a god sin.

Could this be what digital movie makers, moders, and game engine story tellers have always wanted, an equal stage right beside the bloackbusters and primetime tv?

Boy what a wet dream that would be and ooooh the money it would make smdh.

Then every one would understand MHZ,GB, etc dont mean any thing unless you know how they all work together. Oh just for the record the tegra4 r&D will be paid for by tablets and phones.

Nvidia has the answers steam box needs along with sony and ms and nintendo. it would seem.

TheGamerDood1684d ago

If Valve doesn't pullout beefier hardware Sony and MS have nothing to worry about.

5eriously1684d ago

and maybe just maybe even more powerful too!

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SilentNegotiator1683d ago (Edited 1683d ago )

While I would love to see Linux become an equal OS in PC gaming, I'm afraid it's the Linux that will kill Steambox. Support for Linux is too limited right now.

But then, someone has to take the plunge to lift up Linux as a gaming OS. And who better than Valve?

Calm Down Sunshine1683d ago (Edited 1683d ago )

It will not be $1000.

"New" Valve are built on micro-transactions and masses of cheap sales.

They understand that selling 50 $5 items is better in the long run than selling one for $250. It inspires loyalty and continued custom in a much, much larger audience, they aren't daft.

That's not to say it will be cheap either..

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Pandamobile1684d ago

I don't think there's a confirmed price for the Steam Box yet.

But yeah, ideally, they'd want to price it around (max) $600 USD.

pandaboy1684d ago

Ideally? It wasn't ideally when sony did it with the ps3...

zebramocha1684d ago

@pan That's because Sony went a bit over board with the ps3.

hakis861684d ago

The Steam box seems interesting, although we don't know enough yet.

IT is a "PC", since Gabe stated it's linux based - but you can install Windows.

Will that mean it will run a normal PC game?
Because I already have a decent PC for gaming.

What I don't have (and WANT) is a next-gen console with awesome exclusive titles.

Will Valve create exclusive games for Steam Box, that won't run on PC as well? I kind of doubt it...

Not hating on the SteamBox here, just not sure why we should want one?

Rubberlegs1684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )


Of course it will run normal PC games but it won't be locked down to just Linux and that's why they mention Windows. They are trying to build Linux up so that it can support a majority of the games offered on Steam.
They just started supporting Linux on Steam so its something they still working on and improving. You won't see this Steam box until they finish with the Linux support.

If you already game on a PC and have something built up for games, no you probably won't need this. They are aiming this for console gamers with the added controller and big picture mode. This is something you will be able hook up straight to your HDTV and won't have mess around with anything else just like how consoles are.

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Kur01684d ago

Not even hardcore gamers will get it. You can get a much more powerful PC for that price. You're only really paying for the size of the thing. I'm not even sure it comes with a GPU. Just isn't worth it. Its for people with extra money lying around who don't know how to mess with computers but want to get into PC gaming.

yeahokchief1683d ago

i agree.

i also agree with the director of resident evil 2. kotaku are douchebags.

DA_SHREDDER1684d ago

It's priced at $1000?! I would rather just build my own pc for half the price, and then again, I really want a Tablet cause I hate the problems that come with pc's so there goes my hopes on maybe getting into pc gaming this year, or any year for that matter.

DudeJets1684d ago

Problems what problems its 2013 pc gaming is so easy now days

HappyGaming1684d ago

Yeah but even now days you get the odd few driver issues etc and you have to fend for yourself in forums to find solutions. I have never had a problem that I couldn't solve myself but I know many people who wouldn't be able to resolve them themselves.

Rivitur1683d ago

It doesn't cost $1000 btw that's the XI3 7a gaming series they haven't even shown the Steam box off what the hell have you people been reading?

nukeitall1684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

What I haven't seen addressed (vaguely remember seeing a Steam controller pad?) are a few things with this steam box:

* price
* convenience
* controller? Are we still stuck with mouse/keyboard? Don't get me wrong, they are needed, but lets face it, the reason I use my console is because I don't have to type a lot or require very precise movements. It's fast, it's easy.

To the people that care, they likely already have the ability to build one probably much cheaper and already probably has.

To the others, they want the console experince (i.e. people like me, who don't want upgrades, don't want settings and etc....)

I welcome competition, but I hope it's going to be stronger. There are already too many gimmicky devices such as the nvidia Shield and now this.

JsonHenry1684d ago

If you have read any of the articles or paid any attention to the news you would know that there is no confirmed price yet. Convenience? It is a console like all other consoles. And finally, yes, it comes with its own controller which is why steam has made such a big push lately with big picture mode and controller support for their existing library of games but also has all the ports you need to support keyboard and mouse should you choose.

CapsLocke1684d ago

Who said $1000? Valve said it would be accessible, low price.

LackTrue4K1684d ago

I seen a video saying 1,000 and 700 for the budget one. But was not Valve, it was the builders of the Piston. Valve supports it, but dose not build them.

Rivitur1683d ago

No these people can't get their facts straight Valve has yet to even show off this "steam box" all they have shown is XI3's 7 series Piston which runs Big screen mode of steam. That is what costs $999 Gabe said in an interview that ideally they will release 3 types of steam boxes starting at $99

nirwanda1684d ago

Its a shame valve wont be able to compete with ms and sony on price as sony and MS will have there own factorys manufacturing plants making most things themselves rather than have to outsource everything

NoFanboyRequired1684d ago

Erm, both microsoft and sony outsource their hardware...

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

According to this interview with Gabe Newell steam box could start at free or at least $99 and have 3 tiers.

" He says the goal for a "Good" platform is a free device, but that one would probably start around $99 and eventually come down. Newell says a midrange device should cost around $300, and that the top-tier is only limited by how much someone is willing to spend."

nirwanda1684d ago

Thats great news if they want to mass market it but im not keen on a tiered system it makes it harder to optimize code and splits the user base up, hopefully they will make games for top tier only and optimize for them specs.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF1684d ago

Uhm... why would this article even matter? I just got done reading everyone's post in the Bayonetta article that Kotaku is crap and should never be read.

Why no Kotaku bashing in this article?

chukamachine1684d ago

Already have a pc with more power then that box will contain.

Halflife 3 is missing in the wind,

Sales for this will be nothing compared to PS4/720.

Steam is ok, but I prefer real media tbh. I don't mind d/l content from digital, but full games, no thanks.

Veni Vidi Vici1684d ago

You'd better get used to not having tangible media. Everything will eventually go that way. It kills the used game market, hurts piracy, and gets rid of the costs of producing the disks, cases, covers, shipping, etc.

dedicatedtogamers1684d ago

My problem with Steambox has nothing to do with Steambox but rather with Steam itself:

If you aren't online, and if Steam can't check for updates for a few days, you are completely locked out of your games until you can get back online. Yes, even single-player games that do not require an online connection. Steam says "cannot access key server". In other words, Steam will pretend that you don't have valid registration keys for your games, and you won't be able to play them. If you hate the idea of "always online" gaming, Steambox will likely have it for every single game. I worry about that.