IncGamers presents: A handy guide for the confused about the differences between what Microsoft plans for Xbox One, and how Steam works today.
"No, the Xbox One is not just like Steam" Because it's MSFT right? LOL Damage control spin.
In a way - yes, but not the way you mean. Steam = lots of sales and games at bargain prices. Xbox games on demand = not so much. The only person doing damage control round here is you.
Steam has an offline mode and promise in the user agreement that should steam ever stop being a service there will be the ability to DL your games and print them to disc so that you can play them later on any machine. Also- If I own 10 games on steam I can be logged on to 10 different PCs and have a copy of each of the 10 programs running at the same time. That is just the beginning of the difference between Steam and the X1.
I never understand the whole "sales" argument. People argue that Xbox One violates consumer rights yet say it's OK for services like Steam because it has lots of sales and bargains. So basically what people are saying is that it's OK to take away consumer rights...as long as the games are cheap. If the issue is about consumer rights then you can't say one is alright because the games are cheaper. There are definitely other issues with Xbox One but to justify services like Steam solely because of price while damning the Xbox One is wrong.
Right here: http://www.youtube.com/watc... Angry Joe kills it, he makes so many good points which cannot be countered.
Also with Steam there is 99% backwards compatibility from one generation to the next, and no limit to how many PCs you can access your account from.
Well I can play my steam games for days before it needs to be reconnected to the internet. While only 24hours on the Xbox One. Not to mention Steam doesn't need access to my webcam to function. While the Xbox One needs Kinect for god knows what to function. While Steam isn't used game friendly like the Xbox One, the sales and daily deal/weekly deals make up for it. Not to mention majority of PC games are cheaper than console games. Well Steam doesn't have Live TV or can play movies, on or offline so I guess I'll give that one to MS :D
"Steam doesn't have Live TV or can play movies, on or offline" Steam is on a PC...so why can't you watch a movie or TV from that PC? Do Firefox and Youtube or the good old old optical drive on the PC ring a bell?
@Somebody I know that silly but I had to let Microsoft win in one category.
Xbox one is a disgrace to gamers and anyone who purchase one is as well! There will be no one playing the xbox one come launch. It is over for M$. its time to let them go and move to better pasture. obtain redemption by realising ps4, wii u, pc, and handhelds are the better choice.
As long as PS4 and XB1 launched together, if you're a gamer, you know what you're going to buy. The reason the 360 sold so well was because it came out first.
no, because Xbox DRM and Steam DRM are night and day. and the fact that Steam/Valve gives you incentives on why you should spend money on their service. you know, Steam Deals of the week/weekend.... now GTFO out of this site you corporate shill.
people should stop saying that the new marketplace in xbox one will not have any promotions like steam...one thing is games on demand (a service that doens't have all the games and almost nobody use it) and steam is another thing far away a massive service with a huge library
@RM-TatoTiburon How does that equate to the Xbox One marketplace getting Steam-like promotions? Until MS say differently, all we have to go on is past experience... and past experience says it wont.
Steam offers games for 50-70% off literally every day. I could have bought every star wars game on steam a few weeks ago for about $3.00 a game, as everything was selling for 70-80% off. When xbox has a sale it's: EX: Get this game that has been out for 5 years for 10% off and now it's only $40 online.
steam has offline mode lol
@turnerdc above I get what you're saying but the point I was making is that just because MS have gone down a similar route doesnt mean the two services are comparable - one has some benefits that other simply doesnt.
The X1 is not like Steam, because there are benefits to Steam like "Steam Sales", PC games being cheaper than console games with and Steam games being cheaper than PC retail. Boycott the Xbox 1 people, if you must buy it get the console used.
Steam until Half life 3 can seriously do one!
FINALLY, a website that gets it! I'm tired of shills trying to spread fud saying that the XB1 and Steam are the same. NO THEY ARE NOT. Steam has competition from countless digital distributors. There is no competition for digital Xbox games. Microsoft controls the marketplace for their console. You don't get mods, open platform convenience or the ability to backup and store your games or play backwards compatibility on the XB1. You can play ALL your games from any generation on Steam. You can play your Steam games from any PC and from multiple PCs logged into a single account. You can't do that with the XB1.
Set Steam to offline mode You can then play offline forever
Yeah you can, if you want a new game you log in to download it, besides that you don't need to be online at all to play single player games.
You can also trade games between friends= borrow or lend games. Although you do want to be careful who you trade games with if you ever want to see them again.
Until Microsoft lets another retailer sell goods on their box, there is no comparison.
Anyone who compares Xbox One to Steam has something seriously wrong with them. Microsoft, through Xbox One believes you're a criminal. It's disgusting. A new Remedy game or Halo isn't going to change that.
#4, pay MS to not allow you to play your games! That is what will happen if you lose your internet for more than a day. As long as XBL is up they couldn't careless about your internet connection going down and you not being able to play your single player campaign.
Who made that stupid comparison? Lol
Corporate shills like the first commenter on this thread.
pfffff... steam destroys xboxlive/psn 4 million times over now console will ever come close to the awesomeness of steam greenlight, the workshop, the freaking crazy sales, the forumns, the community groups, the uploads and downloads of friends content, achievements, user guides, the beta tests, the mods, the inventory, the clan matches sure, ps4/xbone are trying to integrate some of that next gen, but they won't get it all, and by the time they do the pc/steam platform will be doing new and better things that cannot be added into the fixed console platform the thing is, consoles are great for 1 reason only, the exclusive games they get that's it, there is ZERO other reason to own one steam took the complicated excuse away, and the too expensive excuse away, pc gaming is cheaper if you buy more that 10 games a year, and easy if you can install a program on a pc, even drivers are automatically updated now with NVidia gforce experience so, i'll have a ps4 because sony has proven to me with my ps3 that they care about securing exclusives that matter to me but honestly, if every ps4 game was to come to pc, i'd never get a ps4, it won't look as good as my pc, wont run as good and the games won't be as cheap
My Steam has 24 h login check, it's called looking for Steam Deal :-D
Steam is a service. The Xbone is a console that when we pay for it is ours. If I pay for it and if its mine I don't want companies controlling what I can or can not do with it.
Steam is WAY better! Don't compare Steam to Xbox Live. Steam has way better deals and prices on games.
yep xbox one is just crap its not even funny.
Steam, owned by Valve. Games, made by Valve. Name me the last time Valve charged you for extra content. Valve =/= Microsoft
when they put it on XBL because MS forced them to
You mean the game that was distributed on console by EA? That probably had nothing to do with valve.
my only complaint is that costumer service on steam is only on a thread. I had trouble connecting to steam servers when I first downloaded it and it took a few days for tem even to respond.
Thank God someone has done are article on this. Steam and Xbox One are not the same. The Xbox is a PLATFORM, Steam is a SERVICE. There should be comparisons between Xbox Live and Steam, not the actual console.
They forgot that steam is future tech proof. All old games will always work no matter how many times you change or upgrade your pcs. The same is questionable about Xbox One, what happens if the next console doesn't support BC.
"Both Xbox One and Steam tie games to a user account. Once activated, they sit in your digital library and have restrictions on what you can actually do with them." Nuff said.
not really as you can now trade or sell ur steam games :)
Ah, what? You can sell your account but that's it. You could do the same on Xbox One.
You can only trade games that are "gifts". Sometimes a pre-order deal will offer a free game and in some cases that free game will be a "gift", until you trade it or activate it. Bundles may do that also. Its up to the publisher I believe. That's the extent of trading Steam games. Valve doesn't make all the decisions regarding third party games.
Nice to see this being talked about sensibly and properly in an article. No Xbone for me!
Steam/Valve helped pave the way for this BS we are faced with now, not exactly the same? who cares!!! close enough, & by the time this Next Gen is over, they will be THE SAME, why? cause its always been part of the END GAME. To have gaming be all on Cloud based Servers, DRM, Controlled, just licenses & fees to play games, no onwership. You cant play me, I see through the BS. Notice how most of us with only 1 bubble are telling it like it really is, lol. respect the TRUTH, it is what it is.
Valve provided a service, that over a number of years came to be embraced by PC gamers. So it was gamers, not Valve that pushed this.
Valve doesn't push any sort of end-game agenda that doesn't have consumers' best interests in mind. How do you think Steam got to where it is today without having a near flawless reputation with customers. ~60,000,000 Steam users and many billions of dollars of revenue for Valve in the last decade or so without spending a cent on advertising. That's what a good relationship with your customers gets you.
For anyone that thinks that Steam is average or not good, I'm incredibly sorry to tell you but you need to be educated and I'm here to do it. Steam offers so much that no current generation console or next generation console can offer and here is the list: Steam Greenlight - Supports indie devs, allows gamers to support games Steam Workshop - Access to thousands of mods for games Steam Recommendations - See what actual gamers think and friend think of games Steam Community Groups - Join groups for clan matches or just to make friends Steam Dicussions - Talk to gamers about whatever you want Steam Forums - Get support or talk to gamers Steam Guides - Get access to free guides created by games for gamers Steam Screenshots - 1GB free to upload screenshots, plus share them on fb Steam Videos - Link your YouTube account so people can see your content Steam Wishlist - Get email updates when a game that you like comes on sale Steam News - All news good or bad for the specific games is readable Steam Achievement - Get achievements on games just like on consoles Steam Badges - Allows people to see your efforts to Steam Steam Leaderboards - Compare your states and achievements with others Steam Chat - Talk to many people in text or voice chat Steam Trade - Exchange items for items/games on Steam with other gamers Steam Big Picture - Use Steam with a gamepad as if it was a console Steam Cloud - 100MB per game that has Steam Cloud for online saves Steam App - Talk to friends, check out the community and make purchases Steam Updates - Games, software and video drivers updates when available Steam Demos - Play games before they are out Steam Headlines - Latest games and content on Steam Steam Videos - See games, content and software before release Steam Pre-load - download the game and get instant access at launch Steam Play - Purchase a game and play on Windows, Mac and Linux Steam Offline - Mode play Offline for as long as you like Steam Browser - Access the web without leaving the game Steam Friends - See online friends and your community groups Steam Servers - Thousands of game servers lag free gaming Oh yeah and all that listed above is 100% free Steam Early Access - Play Alpha and Beta versions of the game and help devs Steam Market - Sell extra copies of games and in-game items Steam Wallet - Money from the market, gift cards can be used for content Steam Gift - Purchase games, content or gift money to friends Steam Sales - Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, daily, midweek and weekend sales Steam Specials - Lists all games on sale Steam Rewards - Pre-purchase games and get additional content for no extra charge Steam Subscriptions - Subscribe to games on Steam like MMOs Yeah Steam it only does everything!!!
dam rite its not the next box cant compare lol
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