Steambox Seen by Newell to Have Three Tiers of Pricing, Could Start at $99

Gameranx: "Gabe Newell speaks out on the possible pricing of Steambox. There might even be a $99 version!"

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DA_SHREDDER2044d ago (Edited 2044d ago )

$99 bucks and can play any steam game? I'll take 3

CyberCam2044d ago

Most likely those $99 units will streaming units kind of like the Nvidia Shield.

Autodidactdystopia2044d ago

No it wont it will just be a lower specd box.

that is all.

streaming is a nogo for now and for me... I personally hope streaming stays with movies. im not paying for a game that isnt making my own hardware sing.

thats like buying a mustang skin for your fiat so you look cool but under the surface is just a "thin client"

Korix2044d ago


So what you are saying is you're not gonna pay for a game that didn't require you to pay a lot of money for an extreme PC?
That's exactly what you're saying - how is that a good thing?
Playing games isn't about looking like you spent a ton of money on that crazy "mustang" PC, it's about playing great games, as simple as it sounds.
How is streaming games comparable to cars when gaming isn't about looking cool? (which, many would argue, cars aren't either).
If anything, it's the other way around. It's not about buying a skin for your Fiat so it looks cool, but rather buying internal upgrades to make it go as fast as said Mustang - at a fraction of the price.
That's not considering all the flaws Onlive had, it's just the principle of streaming.

Autodidactdystopia2043d ago

some people are fine with a prius some people have a passion for the performance I am one of the latter.

not to mention streaming and bitrates will not be capable of matching quality of a rendered image until we can pull a 200mb/s video stream offline, till then the image will have to be compressed.

I dont want that. :

Mac is OK2044d ago (Edited 2044d ago )

The $99 version will probably be running on linux, so it will not be able to play "any" steam game, only these ones:

AKS2044d ago

I think it's likely that development of Linux games will increase substantially in the future considering what Valve is planning. Expect that list to grow considerably in the future. Win8 is a recent development that Valve considers to be a potential source for substantial problems for them. Expect to see changes in the future. Also, if there is a new Linux platform where money can be made, expect developers to try to use it.

zeal0us2044d ago

According to the interview they did with Gabe

That’ll be a Linux box, [and] if you want to install Windows you can. We’re not going to make it hard.

hellvaguy2043d ago

Linux is such a total waste of time. Unless your into it as hobby for fun, its a complete joke that will never catch on mainstream.

3-4-52044d ago

Yea I'm def getting one of these.

I don't have the cash to build my own $800 PC, so spending $100-200 on a Steam only PC pretty much lets me play a ton of awesome games.

50% of the games I would have played on PC would be on Steam anyways.

Plus by the time this actually releases there should be more new games and more News of new games releasing as well.

SilentNegotiator2044d ago

A $99 gaming PC worth anyone's time?

Also, the president is fake. He makes speeches....ON THE MOON!

jivah2043d ago

But the president is fake.. a puppet front man for the rich and powerful elite... soooo $99 gaming pc worth peoples time? seems legit for people who want it

DeadlyFire2043d ago (Edited 2043d ago )

ANY is a strong word. Doubtful for $99 you get anything that plays anything unless its all streamed like NVIDIA GRID, OTOY, ONLIVE, Gaikai.

Its possible this new setup by Valve could be modular and upgradable.

Ram board, GPU board, CPU board for a little box. Similar to Xi3's designs itself.

I can't imagine its first gen tech to be super powerful for these price points. Likely AMD APUs will be a focus for hardware.

Nintendo might be worried as it cuts into their lowest price console window. I don't see Microsoft and Sony stopping. Their respective consoles might have a little more power to them than Valve's box. Aiming for $400-600 window.

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Wizziokid2044d ago

"Since Valve, along with collaborator Xi3, decided to show off a prototype Steambox at CES"

That wasn't the steambox.

LackTrue4K2044d ago

Now I'm lost...I know the small box is called "Pistion"
And now Valve is saying they got something else?! (Interesting)

Wizziokid2044d ago

yup, 'Piston' is not valves 'steambox' it's supported by them though

Root2044d ago

Thats what I've been thinking

It's confusing though since so many sites and people around the internet say differnt things

People assume because it was shown off that it IS the Steambox but I'm not really convinced, it was supposed to be a console/PC hybrid but it just points to it being a PC.

I was expecting something which would be more like a console, with Valves own gamerpad and everything.

Why don't Valve just say "This wasn't the Steambox, the steambox hasnt been shown off yet"

AKS2044d ago

It's confusing because there is so much misinformation out there right now. I guess writers were scrambling to get their stories out and were not cautious enough with their data. I hope this new info from Gabe at the very least puts a stop to the "But it's going to cost over $1000! Just build your own PC, brah!" argument I keep seeing parroted everywhere.

Valve's top concern is just finding ways to get more people on board with Steam by giving them more ways to do it, which includes cheaper and simpler options. They are obviously not targeting hardcore PC gamers with the "SteamBox," and they're not going to care nearly as much as their competitors about selling a specific game box.

nikrel2044d ago

I hope this thing turns out, i've got several games on steam I never got around to.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2044d ago (Edited 2044d ago )

Did Valve find a way to sell hardware for good prices like they do software? A steam box for $99 that plays steam games? O_o..

If this is true somehow they win next gen..

kevnb2044d ago (Edited 2044d ago )

pc always wins if you really think about it, not that consoles arent worthwhile. This gen it won with games most of n4g users don't care about. Wii came in second, with games most n4g don't care about either.

nirwanda2044d ago

It depends what you mean by winning, steam won big time as a publisher, but pc gaming as a whole makes less than the same game on console, winning in business is the companys that make a large profit, Apple are currently the biggest winners at the mo.

kevnb2044d ago (Edited 2044d ago )

im talking overall, and even on multiplats thats not always the case (depends on the game, and not to mention pc versions have higher profits per copy sold). Games like maplestory, farmville, cityville, wow, and the other 100s of casual and free to play games are making a killing.
But none of this matters if you mostly like to play console based games.

grailly2044d ago

for 99$ people would just get a console and a steam box, I think...

I'll buy the cheapest model that can play any steam game at 30fps regardless of the visual fidelity. it'll be fun to have a new platform with already hundreds of games including 20 or so I haven't played yet.

PurpHerbison2044d ago

I understand the budget, but aim a little higher bro. 30FPS is THIS current whack gen. Sales on steam are already going to save you hundreds.

Gamer19822043d ago (Edited 2043d ago )

Aim a little higher? 30FPS is easily fine as long as it doesn't drop below and there is no tearing. A $99 box would get you low specs though meaning low settings on latest games and the box only comes with linux so it doesnt run every steam game.
theres all the games steambox will run 41 games so far..

Blank2044d ago

Man I wouldnt doubt valve would price it at that considering the 3 tiers im lovin it and normally I dont get excited hearing it from some sites no matter how credible I like to hear it from the horses mouth but like I said I wouldnt doubt valve would price it at that

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