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Valve Rumored to be Developing Steam Box Console

Category: Gaming
Posted: 10:21AM

Valve is reportedly working on a set-top console for its Steam service to compete with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. This would be a very interesting situation, and could help to make the world of PC gaming more accessible. Valve is working on the creation of a hardware spec and hopes to partner with companies that have experience in making the devices. The Steam Box concept would be available to a number of manufacturers that could then load the software that Valve is working on. A demo of the hardware spec was apparently held during CES to potential partners featuring an i7, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU. In addition to Steam, the Steam Box would also be able to load games from similar services, including Origin from EA. The Steam Box is a very interesting concept that I will be following closely. According to the rumors, we may only have to wait until GDC or E3 for an official announcement from Valve.

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Comp Dude2 on March 3, 2012 12:16PM
An i7 would make it rather more expensive than an Xbox or PS3, I'm not sure how they could compete in terms of price
unknown_error on March 3, 2012 12:31PM
I agree, they could easily go with an AMD chip and save a lot of money and still have years before software would out pace it.
ClayMeow on March 3, 2012 12:58PM
Not necessarily. The 2600K is still a very respectable chip and offers the best bang-for-buck from any side, IMO. That being said, it's quite possible Intel works on a new chip for this device.
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Anon on March 3, 2012 06:49PM
As if not call it the Steam Engine...
venomoc on March 3, 2012 07:23PM
what's the point of this "steam box" you'll practically be paying for another pc that only plays games. Don't think this will go through but if it does I can see it failing. and I'm assuming that you'll be connecting to the tv, how on on earth are you gonna use kb + m? lots of people game on pc because of kb + m and their hate for controllers, so another possible problem (depends on your lounge room set-up of course) if the whole purpose of this is just to play on the tv isnt it easier just to connect your pc to the tv with a hdmi cable and use a 360/ps3 controller if you want to use a controller? Lets say it goes through anyway, WHO WILL BUY IT? I personally dont think there will be enough demand for it to be successful. that just what i think. heck it could be a big success but based on from what we have i like to think otherwise (for now)
ClayMeow on March 3, 2012 10:14PM
the target market wouldn't be PC gamers, it'd be console gamers too afraid/ignorant to build a gaming rig.
venomoc on March 3, 2012 10:27PM
ooooooooooooohh yeah . didnt look at it like that >.
Nephilumos on March 3, 2012 11:08PM
Not to mention people who were either too afraid/non-techno savvy to build their own computers. It's going to be a niche market for sure, but it's essentially going to be like buying a pre-built computer you know will run all your games out of the box. Not a bad compromise as far as I'm concerned.
ClayMeow on March 3, 2012 11:38PM
Yep, exactly. I'm not saying it's going to be a big hit, but who knows. They honestly don't have much to lose because it's not a true console where there are a lot of up-front R&D costs, they're simply taking computer components and slapping it together in a nice, convenient shell.
DanTheGamer11 on March 4, 2012 05:48AM
Depending on the cost I may be interested :) Looking at the title I though it would of been something similar to OnLive but... Good for college students cause they can buy a laptop and a 'gaming' box... if the price is right.
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Robin on March 4, 2012 10:35AM
I am both a console and pc gamer i don't understand the hate one has for the other i probably will not be bothering with this particular gaming rig unless it does something unexpected
scorpain on March 4, 2012 10:27PM
I doubt many people with PC's would buy one, but it'll probably open the door for cross platform (PC users and console users) to rape one another in multiplayer games.
venomoc on March 5, 2012 05:09AM
that would be interesting

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