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Submitted by doctorstrange 845d ago | opinion piece

Is the Steam Box Really a Next Gen Competitor?

Things are getting steamy in the console market, with PC-gods Valve planning to release a ‘Steam Box’ that could dominate your living room. But are people getting all hot and bothered over nothing, or is this the next big thing? Daily Reaction wipes the condensed water off of our crystal ball and discusses the future of gaming.
-PSLS (Microsoft, Next-Gen, PC, Sony, Steam, Valve)

ftwrthtx  +   845d ago
If it has upgradeable ram and video card, and one helluva processor, I could see it.
PopRocks359  +   845d ago
What game console has ever done that? Wouldn't that basically just be a Sony branded computer? Also, maybe Sony shouldn't focus on making a kickass processor, considering how badly the Cell CPU hurt the PS3.
ftwrthtx  +   845d ago
I'm not saying that Sony should build it all, actually. Just that a small upgradeable box would save some serious bucks in the long run. When it comes to gaming PCs, it takes a lot of dough to stay ahead of the curve.
konnerbllb  +   845d ago
"What game console has ever done that?"

Sega Genesis - 32x cd
Nintendo 64 - Memory expansion upgrade
Blackdeath_663  +   845d ago
@ftwrthtx
the steam box is essentially a pc. upgrading it will also be as expensive as upgrading a pc. everything about the steambox is similar to a pc apart from its size. the only time that isnt the case is if valve decide to cut the price and makes a loss everytime someone buys the steambox in the hope that they will make that money back from steam. otherwise you are better off buying a pc because the parts are more common and you can find anything you need from any electronics store. also it doesn't cost that much to upgrade a pc unless you want the best everything ever in it however if all you want is a pc that is better than any console you can make a mid range and it will perform much better than consoles both this gen and the next
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bumnut  +   845d ago
"When it comes to gaming PCs, it takes a lot of dough to stay ahead of the curve"

My processor is 3 gens old (i7 950), im also running 2 x GTX 570's (1 gen old). You don't need to stay ahead of the curve, I can max out pretty much all games at 2560 x 1440 with great framerates using my 'outdated' parts.
onyoursistersback  +   845d ago
how can any one know at this point, we have yet to see or have info on the ps4 and xbox.
bumnut  +   845d ago
What are you talking about? Don't come on this site talking sense! :)
Root  +   845d ago
We don't even know if that was the actual Steambox shown off...why havent Valve corrected sites yet.

Seriously I'm confused, every article on here so far makes it seem like it is the Steambox, PC/Console hybrid thats been talked about for months.

I thought the Steambox was supposed to be more of a console with it's own gamepad and that....the things shown off didn't seem like it had any of that, just mostly new PCs
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doctorstrange  +   845d ago
A third party steam-focused box was shown, which isn't the Steam Box. But all the Steam Box talk is based on Gabe's rather open talk with The Verge about the actual Steam Box
Foolsjoker  +   845d ago
I have high hopes for Valve actually pulling this off, hopefully they don't let me down.

maybe it will release with HL Ep 3?
TrendyGamers  +   845d ago
I wouldn't bet on that but it would sell a lot of boxes.
doctorstrange  +   845d ago
If it does, it's coming out in 2030
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doctorstrange  +   845d ago
Arg triple post
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doctorstrange  +   845d ago
Arg triple post, guess it's good I don't have 10 bubbles...
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NCAzrael  +   845d ago
Considering the fact that there is no HL2 Ep3 anymore, I'm seriously hoping that isn't the case. I'd be fine with it releasing with HL3, though.
ElementX  +   845d ago
I don't think it's a next-gen competitor. It runs Linux and right now Steam has 40 some games which run on Linux, not a very good start imo. Furthermore, anybody who wants to play console games will buy a console and play Steam games on PC.
NCAzrael  +   845d ago
I think you're missing the entire point of what Valve is trying to do. The biggest drawback to PC gaming for all of the uninitiated who cling to consoles is the accessibility. PCs cost a lot, there are a lot of hardware configurations to pick from, and when building your own system you have some configurations that just don't work. For that matter you have a lack of cohesive software to tie the experience together.

With the Steam Box, Valve is throwing all of that out the window. Sure, right now the back catalog is a bit thin, but that doesn't mean existing games can't be updated to run on Linux. And we don't even know all of the details behind their custom OS yet, so who knows what's going to happen. If Valve and their hardware partner can manage to cut the cost of a mid-to-high range PC down to an affordable level, it will open the door for more console-only players to finally embrace PC gaming as a viable platform.
ElementX  +   845d ago
I dunno, even a lot of mainstream PC games don't run on Linux
papashango  +   845d ago
Steam is mainstream pc gaming. Valve is now backing Linux with its own hardware. All serious PC developers will now back PC gaming/Valve with Linux gaming software. It's really that simple.
a08andan  +   845d ago
If it costs more than 400 dollars, then NO. And I don't really think PC gamers in general would buy this when they already have a PC for gaming. Maybe if it had some exclusive AAA games but who would want to develop for it?
DudeJets  +   845d ago
That's like saying who would want to develop for Microsoft when they launched a console. Valve are one of the most competent developers in the industry and there are still some PC devs who have barely scratched the iceberg that is console gaming.

Gabe has stated there will be around 3 versions starting at possibly 99$ with that in account you can probably imagine one at every $100 interval. Making that price point easy to hit. Also with it basically being a mini pc it should be able to be more powerful for a cheaper price than most launch consoles if you take previous generations into account.

Also it's reasonably bad news for Microsoft if the likes of Valve and Blizzard push Linux hard enough you will likely see more Linux off the shelf devices, And because of there reputation in the games industry as a whole they will be able to get more devs using the openGL rather than DirectX as there only choice.
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aliengmr  +   844d ago
You are thinking in console terms. Which is why I think there has been a bit of a misunderstanding about what Valve's intentions really are.

I may not buy a Steam Box but I am interested in streaming a game in my living room from my rig.

Who would want to develop for it? Well all the developers who don't develop for consoles, I imagine.

Development for the PC is more attractive than many seem to think. Even for multi-plat games. Skyrim is an entirely different beast on the PC. Bethesda had a far easier time patching the game and what the patches couldn't/didn't fix, everything from mods to access to the console commands, took care of.

In the end I really don't think Valve's intent was to "just" make a console system.
hiredhelp  +   845d ago
Revious old consoles have had cd drive add-ons with n64 memory expanstion now 3rd gen with self upgradable hdd. Kinda reminds me of the amiga.
This is very possible for steam could be a game changer but i dont think sony has anything to worry about as they are very well known for exclusive archive of ip's. Microsoft however i beleave will be hard hit.

Put like this steam sale on PC drove in over 7million people on PC cos the barguins you just wont get on ps3. If they did same on console well console players be very lucky if was me id want a ps4 and steam box.
Ritsujun  +   845d ago
desperate steam is steaming desperate
DarkBlood  +   845d ago
lol crank what a movie that was
Jek_Porkins  +   845d ago
No, it's not going to compete with Nintendo, Microsoft or Sony. The main issue is that most of the gamers that play those consoles prefer physical media, and any Steam Box is going to be all digital. I'd see some of the current PC people possibly buying into it, but it wont even take a percentage point away from hardcore console gamers.
aliengmr  +   844d ago
Sounded to me like Gabe was talking more about in home streaming and the "Steam box" being just one part of Valve's project.

I don't think the intent was to make a console like MS and Sony.
ATi_Elite  +   844d ago
Steambox is an alternative and introductory way to enjoy PC Gaming minus Microsoft....nothing more nothing less, simple yet elegant!

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