Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: The Steam Box

  1. #1
    Hall of Famer
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    Posts
    10,484
    Thanks
    6,500
    Thanked 11,525 Times in 4,043 Posts

    Default The Steam Box

    As some of you may know, Valve is currently developing a PC "console" for use in living rooms.

    http://kotaku.com/5974341/its-offici...lves-steam-box

    To this, I really only have one thing to say:


  2. The Following User Says Thank You to Jack Brickman For This Useful Post:


  3. #2
    Rising Star pr26's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    2,167
    Thanks
    4,914
    Thanked 2,984 Times in 775 Posts

    Default Re: The Steam Box

    As a console gamer, I'm interested in it's ability for upgrades. I'm also interested to see what kind of library they could secure.

    It's a good idea, but I'll have to wait and see more details about the follow through before I get too excited.

  4. #3
    Situational Stopper Seiklis's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    458
    Thanks
    604
    Thanked 454 Times in 131 Posts

    Default Re: The Steam Box

    Quote Originally Posted by pr26 View Post
    As a console gamer, I'm interested in it's ability for upgrades. I'm also interested to see what kind of library they could secure.

    It's a good idea, but I'll have to wait and see more details about the follow through before I get too excited.
    Library doesn't matter since anything that works for PC is in play...

    TB just did a full video of it

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Seiklis For This Useful Post:


  6. #4
    Hall of Famer
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    Posts
    10,484
    Thanks
    6,500
    Thanked 11,525 Times in 4,043 Posts

    Default Re: The Steam Box

    Well, as it will be running on Steam, theoretically any game that is sold on Steam could be bought, downloaded, and played on the Steam box.

    That's theoretically, of course. Since the Steam Box will be using Linux, things get trickier. You also have to take system requirements into account, as newer games will require more horsepower and, thus, may struggle or not run on the Steam Box. That said, once Valve issues developmental units, there's no doubt a lot of developers will actually have an incentive that they didn't have before to port their games over to Linux, so I really don't think the library will be a problem.

    It will be interesting to see if this thing has a disk drive at all or if it will be entirely download-based. I'm guessing on the latter, but you never know.

    The one thing this could do is really change the console game. For too long we've gotten screwed by publishers setting games at sixty bucks and rarely putting them on sale. Steam is different. They have two major sales a year (Summer around the 4th and Winter around Christmas) with smaller sales in between (like horror games on sale near Halloween). These sales typically include massive savings, such as getting relatively new games for 50% off and slightly older games for much cheaper than that, with older games being sold for a pittance. Contrast that to the digital stores for Microsoft and Sony that rarely offer significant sales and it's easy to see why people might opt to switch to the Steam Box, provided Valve can convince enough developers to port their titles to Linux.

    And let's not forget that the Steam Box will obviously use Steam, meaning that if you already have a Steam account and games already, any games that meet the Steam Box specs will run on it. So for those of us that have, say, over 200 games, we buy a console with a fully loaded library.

    Also, if this ships with Half-Life 3...game over, man.

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to Jack Brickman For This Useful Post:


  8. #5
    Situational Stopper Seiklis's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    458
    Thanks
    604
    Thanked 454 Times in 131 Posts

    Default Re: The Steam Box

    Speaking of which, Spec Ops the Line is on sale for 7 bucks today, get it for your steam box...Solar 2 is as well such a calming game

  9. #6
    Hall of Famer
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    Posts
    10,484
    Thanks
    6,500
    Thanked 11,525 Times in 4,043 Posts

    Default Re: The Steam Box

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiklis View Post
    Speaking of which, Spec Ops the Line is on sale for 7 bucks today, get it for your steam box...Solar 2 is as well such a calming game
    Everyone should play Spec Ops. Game was a brilliant deconstruction of shooters.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •