Neoseeker : News : Valve announced Steam Machines partnership program to make SteamOS hardware, in 2014
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Spook Sep 25, 13
Underwhelming after their first announcement, but at least their considering different angles. It's important to realize that not everybody can afford top of the line hardware, but might still be interested in its prospects.
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Solid-Snack Sep 25, 13
Gah, I'm just all flustered Valve didn't announce a Steam Box. What a lost opportunity!


You could say the same thing about a certain 3rd installment of a certain well known valve franchise.
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DedValve Sep 25, 13
OH GOD ITS BEAUTIFUL ITS...its...

..what is it?

guess they wouldn't finalize the hardware without public testing so they announced the idea.

the third announcement (hopefully controller) better deliver.

I just want to know what a steam box is exactly, what it will /can offer, how will it work and the various prices.

would much rather a media blowout than this tiny trickle of info. For someone who is still considering his next Gen choice, this lack of proper information is doing nothing
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bluexy Sep 25, 13
ichakasi I understand this in a "We don't want to be consoles, we want to create a competitive market for our hardware" sort of way. At the same time, I think it will create a huge confusion in the market as to what's needed to really capitalize on the service. What hardware is best for running new games? What's best for just streaming?

I wanted Valve to go directly at consoles,to create a console alternative, but all they're doing is making a more confusing PC market with weak branding and worse technical overhead. Blah.
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Spook Sep 25, 13
Fair point. I've always been more of a console guy, which are usually all-inclusive with little to no explanation required. So I might just be less sensitive to this sort of thing.

I'm really interested to see if Valve simplifies their device to just streaming, or if it winds up eventually being a standalone unit with a HDD, etc. Either way, I enjoy hearing new takes on the gaming market after years of stagnant responses, safe to minimal upgrades and rehashes of software. This could open new doors for the industry, but it's definitely not clear how just yet. If nothing else, I hope it pressures other companies to plan their next moves more carefully. Just distribution aspects even.
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Darknet Sep 25, 13
The Android of gaming consoles, essentially.

It's good because that puts it on the partners, not Valve. But at the same time you don't create on unified platform. And when you don't do that, some machines will be able to do/play games that others can't
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Spook Sep 25, 13
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The Android of gaming consoles, essentially.
Poor Ouya
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Northern49 Sep 25, 13
This is so GAAAAAAAAAABE.
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Sonic Flash Sep 25, 13
I guess it's a good option if you want a separate gaming PC for the living, and don't mind that only a fraction of Steam games will be available on SteamOS.
Or I guess if your main gaming PC is always on and you buy this as a streaming box for the TV.

Neither of those situations apply to me though; I remain uninterested.
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Darknet Sep 25, 13
quote Sonic Flash
I guess it's a good option if you want a separate gaming PC for the living, and don't mind that only a fraction of Steam games will be available on SteamOS.
Or I guess if your main gaming PC is always on and you buy this as a streaming box for the TV.

Neither of those situations apply to me though; I remain uninterested.

Same here, although it would be a good idea to get like a $400 desktop and install the SteamOS on to it. It would run a lot better if you wipe everything, along with all the bloatware that comes with factory desktops.
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Northern49 Sep 25, 13
If you're buying factory, you're doing it wrong.
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DedValve Sep 25, 13
quote Darknet
quote Sonic Flash
I guess it's a good option if you want a separate gaming PC for the living, and don't mind that only a fraction of Steam games will be available on SteamOS.
Or I guess if your main gaming PC is always on and you buy this as a streaming box for the TV.

Neither of those situations apply to me though; I remain uninterested.

Same here, although it would be a good idea to get like a $400 desktop and install the SteamOS on to it. It would run a lot better if you wipe everything, along with all the bloatware that comes with factory desktops.
At the same time Steambox confirms you can install another OS on it. So what's to stop users from switching to windows and getting their full library by using big picture mode?

More importantly why do we know so little of steamOS?
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Huntereb Sep 25, 13
Agh, haven't we seen this before?! Weren't people already making "Big Picture" mode hardware boxes way before this announcement?

This stinks. :/ Valve still isn't in the Videogame hardware business...
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Sonic Flash Sep 25, 13
quote Darknet
quote Sonic Flash
I guess it's a good option if you want a separate gaming PC for the living, and don't mind that only a fraction of Steam games will be available on SteamOS.
Or I guess if your main gaming PC is always on and you buy this as a streaming box for the TV.

Neither of those situations apply to me though; I remain uninterested.

Same here, although it would be a good idea to get like a $400 desktop and install the SteamOS on to it. It would run a lot better if you wipe everything, along with all the bloatware that comes with factory desktops.
My $350 HTPC was good enough to play Braid on, but if it streams reasonably well then a SteamOS partition would be an interesting experiment.
...But then I'd have to have my gaming PC on as well, and then I might as well just play it on the PC.
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