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Submitted by aristogamer 1051d ago | article

Why Steam Box Means Much More Than You Think

Valve's pending console has stirred excitement amongst the gaming community, but it may have huge implications for the industry as a whole. Find out why big changes may be coming to not only the PC gaming market, but also the world of console games. (Industry, Next-Gen, PC, Steam, Steam Big Picture, Steam Console, Steam Valve, Valve)

PopRocks359  +   1053d ago
I'd certainly get one if the price is right (assuming it will run ALL Steam games and it's cross-compatible with Mac/PC). If not then I will just pony up for a nice computer that can run games on it.
DarkBlood  +   1053d ago
so you hope the linux in the steambox will connect to a pc is what your saying?
PopRocks359  +   1053d ago
No, I'm saying I hope it will just run all the games in my current library. If it does that and it's upgradable (essentially like a PC for console gamers), then all I'm looking for is a reasonable price.
DarkBlood  +   1053d ago
well im more of a console gaming person due to ease of use *obviously lol* but even im interested in the steambox cuz i see some interesting games on there thats cheap and digital only which makes it easier to jump into

anyways im not Operating System savy here but i read on some other comment that only 40 games on steam also uses steam

but this is valve we are talking about so im sure something is in the works to make it somehow be playable

i trust these will be compatible that i own
left 4 dead
portal 2

not so sure about these though
Amnesia Dark Descent
Starwars Knights of the Old Republic
Starwars BattleFront 2

if not then well the pc im using is miminaly ok lol
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darthv72  +   1051d ago
is like SNK in a way. They make games for other platforms but want to try their hand at making their own console.

where the similarity takes a turn is that valve really wants other companies to make steam compatible boxes as well. That would be very similar to the direction the 3DO was trying to take things.

Many of these ideas have been tried before but either consumers werent interested or the industry wasnt ready. with pretty much everything, it all comes back around for another try.

Now for Valve, the PC market is too great to simply ignore so i would expect them to continue to develop and distribute their games for windows and mac and other consoles as well.

The main idea behind the steam box is a platform for pc games to be played on a tv which seems similar to gakai and onlive but obviously steam driven.

they are just wanting to cover as many bases as they can with their product. Valve entering the console market would be no different than MS but I have to ask. Why is it okay for Valve to do this and people hated the idea when it was MS? Is it because people just hate MS?
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Farsendor1  +   1051d ago
i agree,if i can't play the games from my steam library then i wont be interested in a steam box,ill just buy a small pc for my bedroom.
zeal0us  +   1051d ago
According to the interview, The Verge did with Gabe, you can even throw Windows on it if you want.

"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"
DarkBlood  +   1051d ago
interesting, thanks for the info zealOus
MultiConsoleGamer  +   1053d ago
Steam Box is a game changer.

Get ready for a massive sea change.

***t is getting real.
Azurite  +   1051d ago
As long as they won't try and force players to use controllers on PC-games.
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IIJOSEPHXII  +   1051d ago
How can you have a PC for console gamers?

That's like saying a motor car for cyclists!
delboy  +   1051d ago
Looking at the hardware specs of that box, it is to week for anyone to buy it.
Why would a pc gamer buy it, if he already has a better pc or even laptop sitting at home?
Steambox is no gamechanger,it's dead before it's even born.
I can't believe Valve is so blind?
Fishy Fingers  +   1051d ago
Why not wait until its actually shown and demoed before you write it off. Pretty sure Valve have a better understanding of what they're doing than you.
Insane087  +   1051d ago
you haven't seen the specs piston isn't the steambox bud... it'll be the digital download only thing that might hurt them tho the price of their games will still make it very attractive and if they get blizzard onboard it might be a big contender
bluetoto  +   1051d ago
I think it's you and people like you that are blind. Valve has stated numerous times this is not aimed at PC gamers but console gamers like me who have long wanted to get into PC gaming without all the crap that comes along with it.

If this box is simple, plays PC games and has mod support it's gonna sell like hotcakes because I KNOW there are tons of other gamers out there who've wanted to make the jump, especially with next gen looking even worse for consumers but great for greedy pubs.

Can't see how anyone could think otherwise.
Honest_gamer  +   1051d ago
if i can play steam on my laptop, and play all the games on it maxed out, why would i care for this :S

when i said play all games maxed out i mean the games i play on steam so total war, portal 2, l4d2
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bluetoto  +   1051d ago
Never occurred to you that maybe this isn't aimed at you but console gamers that lack the pc know-how but still want to play pc games?
delboy  +   1051d ago
The console gamers are getting ps4 and next box which are more powerful than the steambox,and cheaper.
The steanbox is to week to compete,low end hardware plus bigger Os overhead.
It can barely run curent gen games on 720p/30fps.
bluetoto  +   1050d ago

who are you? why do you speak as all console gamers such as myself are going to jump on ps4 or nextbox?

Gamers don't support systems, we support games and if ps4 and 720 don't have games guess what, it's just a paperweight like my 360 is now.

I hate MS and millions of others do as well, we're not getting a useless nextbox with games that can be played on pc, for FREE.

I see many GAMERS getting this and a ps4 to take care of all their gaming needs. there will be no need or room for MS hopefully.

lastly it's not even out yet and you're claiming to know the power of all of the next systems? the 360/wii is weak too yet it still sold now didn't it?
MilkMan  +   1051d ago
Oh look another conso....ZZzzz

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