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The week of Valve announcements is underway. Yesterday we reported on and asked you how you feel about the SteamOS news. We're confident that a hardware reveal is coming either tomorrow or later this week. We are curious about how much you would be willing to pay to put a preconfigured or home-built SteamBox in your living room.
Let's recap the relevant details. SteamOS is built on Linux, and therefore will play those titles in the Steam library that are compatible with that platform. It will also stream titles over a home network from a PC or Mac running Steam.
You can dual boot your existing hardware, but for the sake of argument, let's assume that the Steambox in question is designed and optimized for use with SteamOS. Do you already own a gaming machine (PC or Mac)? Would you purchase a SteamBox for your living room? If so, how much would you spend?
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Nothing. I have my PC, I dont need no steam thingymajick to glutter my shelves
While I am curious about the SteamBox and excited to see what Valve has in store for us, I don't think I'd buy a SteamBox to be honest. I have a decent gaming laptop. :) But I imagine SteamBox may be priced around PS4 and Xbox One unless Valve is going to do a sale for on it for half that price. :P
Depends on the harware! But if it is going to be a modular Computer, like the Xi3, then about 99-199 US$
Well since it's STEAM I imagine that they would consider bundling games in some manner to push the hardware. If the "SteamBox" is simply a relay to your main computer I imagine a price point under $100. At that point the only thing to think about is any input lag, which probably isn't even a concern.
I would not pay more than I would for other consoles, $300. Thats most I've ever spent on a home console. I've spent more buying PCs, but whats being revealed is a living room device dedicated to gaming and streaming.
If it has half life 3 at launch?
I would be very interested in an affordable prebuilt pc optimized to play games. But the linux use is an issue. It locks out most of the steam library and probably the non steam pc games.
Last year I would have easily spent $600-$1000. This year things are much tighter and I already preordered ps4. So I would probably skip it all together this year unless its SUPER cheap.
I would probably pay 400 bottle caps till I know all of the specs. I love my quadcore laptop but its older than the I3 processor models and so I can't play all games on high settings. But I got consoles for that reason, not having to worry about upgrading my GPU (yes my alienware is totally upgradable like a desktop but costlier) every other year is a boon.
I can't invest in a desktop as I am prone to moving around and I like to travel as light as possible (cross country). However, if and when I am in a more permanent position, if the steambox is essentially a PC that supports partition and dual booting for windows, I will probably look into it. I don;t give a rats ass about streaming because its essentially the same thing as owning a desktop hooked up to your tv just double the cost and redundancy.
Just upgraded my PC with a MSI GTX 780 OC, I'm out of money!
I just dropped 1200 on a gaming pc so I will be going the way of buying another hard drive and doing dual boot for sure. But if I didn't have a gaming pc it would all depend on the specs of the machine. Either way this is good for gamers...is everyone ready for the exclusive HL3 announcement?
I would spend $400 for a SteamBox assuming that it will play most games on Steam and have good exclusives.
I'd be willing to drop $400 IF it was upgradeable. I don't mind paying for consoles because developers have to work within the confines of the console hardware. But what I like about a PC is the fact that they are relatively cheap and easy to upgrade and allow developers to push the limits of newly available tech.
I'd spend between $250-$350. I'm really only interested in it for the streaming purposes. I have a lot of kid-friendly games on my Steam account that I know my nephew would love. He's proficient enough at playing games on the computer, but it would be far less of a hassle to stream it straight to the big screen in the living room and throw a controller in his hands.
I dont expect this to be a console. More like a Mini PC. I would pend around $300 mainly cause The OS isnt ground breaking