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Submitted by ministeamreviews 193d ago | opinion piece

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. (Next-Gen, PC, Steam)

mushroomwig  +   193d ago
Console gaming needs saving? I think the figures of GTA might prove otherwise.
ministeamreviews  +   193d 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.
jujubee88  +   193d 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...
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ministeamreviews  +   193d 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.
Hicken  +   193d 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.
admiralvic  +   193d 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.
ministeamreviews  +   193d 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.
InTheLab  +   193d ago
"It's the same old thing every time with a bump in technical specs. "

The definition of PC gaming...
UltimateMaster  +   193d 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.
thisismyaccount  +   192d ago
But... but PC has no games!
GmIsOnPt360  +   193d 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
GrizzliS1987  +   193d 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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solar  +   193d 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.
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onyoursistersback  +   193d ago
If there's one system that needs saving its a Wii U!
thebudgetgamer  +   193d ago
Saving it from selling three hundred plus million units?
4logpc  +   193d 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....
admiralvic  +   193d 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.
Tundra  +   193d ago
Lol @ console gaming needing to be "saved".
RyuCloudStrife  +   193d ago
Console gaming needs to be saved? Best joke I've heard in a week.
moodgamer  +   193d ago
What?
taiyed80  +   193d ago
might not need to be saved from a business perspective, but there are other perspectives where it could use some help.
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boneso82  +   193d ago
Other perspectives such as?
taiyed80  +   193d ago
well, from a gamer's viewpoint I'd say they could use some help with innovation and diversity (risk-taking, which the guys in suits hate to do in this industry).
Nerdmaster  +   193d ago
FPS, FPS, FPS, FPS, adventure, FPS, FPS, FPS, FPS, racing, FPS, FPS, FPS, FPS, fighting, FPS, FPS, FPS...
HeavenlySnipes  +   193d ago
^
Implying that only the big name games released on consoles are the only ones that exist.

Fun fact, COD and Battlefield aren't the only console games out there. There are a plethora of XBL and PSN games (as well as Nintendo exclusives) that are out of the box and fun

The Rayman games, Pikmen, Beyond 2 Souls, Flower, Journey, Limbo, Outland etc
johndoe11211  +   193d ago
@taiyed80

Please show me what innovations pc gaming had in the past 15 years, and please don't mention better video cards and cpu"s, those are not innovations.

Also, what are the big innovations that the steam boxes are going to bring that consoles do not currently or are not going to have with next gen?
jeffgoldwin  +   193d ago
@johndoe

Here's your pc innovation were so badly yearning for. Not mention hundreds upon hundred of keyboard and controllers, instead of just 1.

http://www.oculusvr.com/
johndoe11211  +   193d ago
@jeffgoldwin

Firstly, the oculus is not only for pc's, it can be integrated with consoles.

Secondly,those keyboards and controls all basically do the same exact thing and practically all look alike. Making something in a different shape and adding two extra buttons for convenience is not innovation. Are you serious???
boneso82  +   191d ago
Why do I get disagrees for asking a simple question? Do you disagree with the question or the way it was worded? It was on topic and very simple to understand, the reply I got justified that.
EXVirtual  +   193d ago
Console gaming doesn't need any saving. 1 million PS4 pre-orders beg to differ.
Grave  +   193d ago
Whats next? Apple is gonna save cellphones?
evilhasitsway  +   193d ago
last time i checked it isnt the systems that are in trouble more like pc is just for the fact not too many games are really hitting pc dont get me wrong pc has plenty to offer but there are basically no sports games its mostly mmos and adventure games and shooters. the systems have it all im 27 i could really care less about the dash board its about the games i dont buy a system based off what it does as long as it plays games. im really getting sick as shit of this site posting the dumbest shit ever it this the one with gta online and were does rockstar go from here since gta 5 is out i have gta 5 beat collected everything the online didnt work now it does but it freezes your system get the fuck out of here with that shit.
2pacalypsenow  +   193d ago
Lol now consoles need saving? last time i checked Consoles sell more games than PC's
MethCupcakes  +   192d ago
You idiot PC players really need serious help. If you honestly believe that the consoles need help then you’re quite delusional. How could another flavor of linux help save console gaming? What’s it going to do? If its an OS just used to play the games installed on your windows machine.. -___- BTW, the steam box isn’t a console.. ITS A FREAKING PC!

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