The lights are on
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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If SteamBox is the ONLY way I can play Half-Life 3, I would pay $200 for it eventually. Not this fall or next spring though. Over time, I would appreciate building a library of niche PC games that I would otherwise miss out on by being exclusively a console gamer.
i already have a gaming pc, so i don't really see the point. i bet the steambox would squeeze every crop of performance out of some probably mid-range specs, but i can't imagine there being any exclusives that wouldn't also be on PC. I will still buy the steambox because valve deserves to sell 100 million of them.
I would buy one only because it sounds like a cheaper solution than buying a pc
It isnt the price so much that is important, its what is under the hood. This is something that really needs to be sold to me to get. I am intrigued, but it needs to be beefy and price low enough to warrant what amounts to two gaming rigs in my house. If it was powerful and around 600, I could see myself being very tempted to get it.
The Steambox would have to be no more than $600, powerful and able to be upgraded to capture my interest.
Nothing. I already have a SteamBox, and it can play other non-Steam games (Like GOG) on top of it! Plus ALL my Steam games, not just the ones they've managed to port to Linux...
And non-greenlit indie games, and I can use remote desktop to work from home when I don't feel like going into the office.
And I can pick between a mouse/keyboard or controller depending on the game.
And I can watch movies/series on the second screen if I feel like it.
And I can watch movies/series and play "controller-based" games on my 50" TV (Though I lose the second screen option mentioned above in that case).