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How Valve’s SteamOS Can Save Console Gaming

SteamOS will potentially provide the same level of convenience that console games have mastered for years, yet still provide the freedom and flexibility of PC gaming. Freedom is the key theme of Valve’s new direction. The open operating system allows any manufacturer to build their own Steambox. Hell, consumers can even build their own Steambox. As someone who has been building PC’s for years, this is very exciting.

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mushroomwig969d ago

Console gaming needs saving? I think the figures of GTA might prove otherwise.

ministeamreviews969d ago

Maybe "revive" is the better term. Consoles are stale. It's the same old thing every time with a bump in technical specs. For me personally, the console love is just simply gone. What valve is offering is the most excited I've been for a console since the Gamecube was announced.

jujubee88969d ago (Edited 969d ago )

I've had a gamecube and it wasn't exciting at all. So stop it.

PS4 is more than hype enough for me. More than hype enough. HYYYYYPPPPEEE!!!

http://i.minus.com/iTVrmWrR...

ministeamreviews969d ago

That's what I'm saying. Consoles aren't exciting any more. The Gamecube was exciting to me because it was a pretty significant leap from the N64. Now the difference isn't really that outstanding. I'm burned out. Tired. I want my game collection to be useful beyond one piece of hardware. Enter SteamOS/Steambox.

Hicken969d ago

So, because you're not excited, all the strong sales of the current gen, plus all the hype for the upcoming consoles, and somehow it needs saving?

Yeah, I'm gonna call BS.

admiralvic969d ago

@ Ministreamreviews

Were they ever THAT interesting in the first place? Throughout gaming history we pretty much just see current things get implemented (like CD playback) and bumps in graphics. At the end of the day, it's the games that are interesting, not the systems themselves. In that respect I don't see SteamOS making a difference. It simply seems like a mid point between PC and Console, though not one I would say is a completely game changing and earth shattering event. Now if they get Half Life 3, Portal 3, Left for Dead 3 and such exclusively... it might become interesting, though this all goes back to my point about the games.

ministeamreviews969d ago

@admiralvic
I agree that at the end of the day it's about the games. Yes, Valve needs to show some strong exclusives to win people over. I play a lot of indie games, though, so this is already a win for me. Valve is way more friendly to independent developers than console manufacturers are.

InTheLab969d ago

"It's the same old thing every time with a bump in technical specs. "

The definition of PC gaming...

UltimateMaster969d ago

The PS4 never pre-ordered as much, or sold ever in it's first week in it's history and the last champion was the PS2 with 1.5 Million the first week and the PS4 is already beating that.

Sure, NOBODY wants the next gen console./s
Yeah right.
The numbers proves otherwise.

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GmIsOnPt360969d ago

or the 300 million combined units sold last gen between the wii,360 and ps3 proved other wise ...and GTA selling a billion worth in 3 days, PC gamers petitioning to get said game currently ;)...LOL this is funny

GrizzliS1987969d ago

dude nothing worse than a PC elitist. Bunch of idiots spending thousands of hardware and then begging for games that might test their stuff, when 99% of the games that come out are hardly any different visually than anything on a console.

They are fighting for frames per second and 1080p crap when they play on a 19 inch monitor where 1080p is IDENTICAL to 720p.

its becoming sad really

but what can you do when you feel like you built your own rig and think youre smarter than the average gamer as if going to newegg is rocket science.

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solar969d ago (Edited 969d ago )

GrizzliS1987 says:

"They are fighting for frames per second and 1080p crap when they play on a 19 inch monitor where 1080p is IDENTICAL to 720p."

Fighting for FPS at 1080P?! LOL, we are fighting for FPS's at more and twice that resolution.

and if you cant tell the difference between 1080p and 720p then either you need glasses or you are delusional.

onyoursistersback969d ago

If there's one system that needs saving its a Wii U!

thebudgetgamer969d ago

Saving it from selling three hundred plus million units?

4logpc969d ago

People are really putting far too much thought into Vslves Steam Machines.

Steam Machines are in no way consoles. They are PC's with a case design to fit under your tv.

And since when did console gaming need saving....

admiralvic969d ago

"And since when did console gaming need saving...."

This is one of those "I feel this way, which is obviously how everyone else feels." No different than the guy who said that CoD is dead (would that mean GTA V is the only alive game?), the person saying Black Flag might revitalize the AC series and now this. Consoles don't need to be interesting, games do. Specs might not say much, but they give developers the chance to make bigger games, flashier levels and unique experiences. This is what makes a new generation interesting. The promise of better tomorrows.

Tundra969d ago

Lol @ console gaming needing to be "saved".

RyuCloudStrife969d ago

Console gaming needs to be saved? Best joke I've heard in a week.

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