Why Valve's Steam Box is no game changer

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Root1656d ago

Is it really the Steambox though...

Nitrowolf21656d ago (Edited 1656d ago )

I thought this was just the bases of it, not the actual thing. Just a introduction really to these types of PC box. From what I'm reading anyway it makes it sound like that.

yet every site keeps calling it the steambox, mass confusion even though they already said it isn't. Still CVG does point that out, so.

Root1656d ago (Edited 1656d ago )

I don't see why Gabe dosen't keep saying it untill sites start reporting on it...that is ISN'T the Steambox because at the end of the day the confusion is going to to hurt Valve the most.

Just get it straightend out now I say

papashango1656d ago

Apparently he now is. Taken from Toms Hardware article

First, the notion that this is the Steam Box is false. Rather, there will be a variety of different Steam Boxes as Valve is working with various partners to develop a variety of different "Steam Boxes." Newell explained that Valve would be working on its own version of the Steam Box, the Linux-based console that we've heard so much about, stating "We’ll come out with our own and we’ll sell it to consumers by ourselves. That’ll be a Linux box, [and] if you want to install Windows you can. We’re not going to make it hard. This is not some locked box by any stretch of the imagination.

NYC_Gamer1656d ago

It's a hard sell because PC gamers like to build their own rigs and doubt many console owners care enough

Kamikaze1351656d ago

The Steambox isn't meant for PC gamers. It's meant for console gamers intimidated by the idea of PC gaming.

piroh1656d ago

every console needs an exclusives, there´s no point in getting Steambox unless HL3 and Portal 3 won´t be exclusive to the device

Neonridr1656d ago

well, that would depend on the specs of the Steambox vs the specs of the nextgen machines. I mean a lot of console gamers would be open to the idea of the Steambox since console gamers have been wanting native 1080p/60fps that PC gamers have been enjoying for sometime. However, I don't see a console device easily capable of such a feat without a price tag that is in the $500 area.

DarkBlood1656d ago

well im not intimidated by pc gaming but im not exactly tech savy either so a steam box dedicated for steam games is great for me then i can start using my pc less often

then theres my own mini problem with maintenace on pc in general

papashango1656d ago


Gabens already gone and said that this isn't meant to isolate pc gamers. If you own a good gaming pc then you don't need a steam box.

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bluetoto1654d ago

This is NOT for PC heads. How hard is it for PC heads to believe that there are MILLIONS of gamers that want to play, mod games on PC but have ZERO desire to be bothered with the crap that comes along with it.
I don't care how "easy" building a rig is suppose to be if it's not as simple as plug and play then plenty will not want to be bothered, such as I.

It doesn't need halo or uncharted as there are tons of PC games already available for PC ONLY which are in fact, exclusives.

As a gamer I'm baffled at how many PC heads want this to fail. How can you consider yourself a gamer if you're not interested in games on ALL platforms. Do you really enjoy gaming or are you using gaming as some type of twisted kick?

More and more we are getting these type of "gamers" who are more interested in witholding or restricting games from being played by everyone, what happened?

aquamala1656d ago

too early to say anything since we know nothing about SteamBox or the next Xbox/PS

DudeJets1656d ago

Why are so many retarded "journalists" need to research, the xi3 Pistion is not the steam box its a product that is however being backed by valve.

DudeJets1656d ago

Wow that first sentence was high on derp it should say. Why are there so many retarded journalists unable to do any research.

Zha1tan1656d ago

upgradeable console not a game changer?

What universe am I in?

papashango1656d ago

exactly right?

a console that allows you to install windows

on top of this nifty bit

Newell's plans for the Steam Box's future are ambitious. He plans on having it support more than two screens, running multiple instances of games, stating, "The Steam Box will also be a server. Any PC can serve multiple monitors, so over time, the next-generation (post-Kepler) you can have one GPU that’s serving up eight simultaneous game calls. So you could have one PC and eight televisions and eight controllers and everybody getting great performance out of it. We’re used to having one monitor, or two monitors — now we’re saying let's expand that a little bit."

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