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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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I can't see myself buying one at all. I already have a gaming desktop plugged into my tv, don't see why I need a steambox, as well.
If they start launching AAA games on their linux os via steam, it would be great. I think we might actually start to see big selling games, and let's face it, linux (users) needs it. I really hope this is the case.
Game developers always complain that linux is too fragmented to develop for, like there are too many distros, and it would not be time or cost effective to develop for linux. This will unify their effort on steambox, and hopefully through steam the games will run on any distro.
Now if they only release the titles that are currently available for linux, it would be ridiculous, since you can get those to run on a decent htpc and any linux (debian, ubuntu, fedora), so there would be no reason to spend on another box to do what your pc with ubuntu already does.
I might consider the device after I see the price and what it can do. I will compare to what I actually do on my console and my pc to see if there is something I need in Steambox.
I already have a a rig I built, wii u, will be getting a ps4 and xbox one..so absolutely nothing.
I just hope it isn't a pile of steaming... you know what.
i wouldn't since i don't really use my living room and mt PC is already hooked up to my tv in my bedroom, i do forsee myself probably trying the steam os in the future tho
I won't be getting one unless it does something really cool, but if that happens maybe the same price of a new console.
They're nuts if they try to sell this thing for more than $299. I'm guessing the price will be $199, though. Unless they come up with a way to run the entire library natively, without having to stream, it will be a hard sell as an alternative to PS3 or XB1, and will need to be WAY less $$.
If I didn't already have a gaming PC I would probably be willing to pay $199.00 for it.
This is good question.. my computer is better, and easier to upgrade buuut that streaming from my computer sounds pretty cool....so the only thing I would really use it for is some kind of gaming router to whatever tv it's hooked up to at the time. I have no idea, 100-200 bucks if I'm feeling spontaneous. I think it would be better for them to just build an app for the already existing consoles but I doubt that can even happen.
Personally, nothing. Keeping my PC relatively updated isn't that difficult, or expensive, so a SteamBox simply doesn't interest me. That being said, if Valve is able to keep the SteamBox at a price which is competitive with consoles and offers a PC level experience, I am all for it. Anything that opens up the opportunity for more PC gaming development, as opposed to console ports, is fine by me.
I simply wouldn't get one.
Linux is free. Steam is free. only the games cost money. 100$ for a Steam Box unless it can do something truly unique.
I already have a gaming pc in the living room, wireless keyboard and mouse, sorted. I like the idea of the steamOS but I have no problem with windows 8, and suspect gabe newell doesn't really think its so terrible in truth, he'll obviously want to push his own stuff and slate the competition. Alls fair in love and war.
Also it should be noted that BF4 is not on steam,thats a massive problem for me and lots of other pc gamers, gaming in your living room on a decent pc with a controller on BF3 and soon BF4 is already happening just plug your existing pc into your tv ffs.
I could see paying maybe $100-$200. The library of linux games is relatively small and if it is stream from MY gaming pc anyway I sort of view it like my apple tv.
id like to add a steambox to my next gen consoles and pc, provided it is a solid piece of hardware that can stop me from having to upgrade my pc for a while
I've been waiting for Valve to announce the Steambox for over a year and I have no plans of getting a xbone or ps4 so I would give my left nad for the SB.
I need to know more about it before buying it.