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Old 03-03-2012, 12:31   #1
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According to a new report from The Verge, Valve is preparing to launch a set top box to compete with consoles, allegedly dubbed the Steam Box, and the announcement could come as soon as next week.

Citing "uncovered information" from unnamed sources, the tech blog says that Valve is developing a platform for low-cost, micro-sized PCs that would offer access to Steam's vast library of games, but in a streamlined console-style experience. It's possible that Valve be producing a Steam Box of its own, but other manufacturers will also be able to develop hardware for the platform.

The report claims that baseline models will have an Intel Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA GPU and 8GBs of RAM, such as the Alienware X51, which may have been designed to be a Steam Box-capable device.

Valve is also allegedly developing an array of USB accessories, including a controller with modular control schemes like Mad Catz's MLG Pro Circuit Controller, and biometric sensors that change in-game elements to match your behavior.

The Steam Box platform could make its debut at Game Developers Conference (GDC), though the report states that Valve could hold the announcement until E3.
http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/03/0...source=twitter

Colour me excited if this is true. I have about 140 games on Steam already but must admit that some of them would be better suited to more of a console/sofa environment (I can't be bothered with having 20m DVI/audio cables traipsing round my flat to enable this on my PC).

Another potential plus is that it could provide serious competition for Sony/Microsoft in downloadable games to the casual market, the current games on demand services for both PS3 and Xbox are a complete joke. My only concern is whether Steam will still keep up the excellent sales to a wider audience.

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Old 03-03-2012, 13:04   #2
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Just ******* release half life 3!!!
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Old 03-03-2012, 13:14   #3
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If this is true it could kill off at least one of the current console manufacturers, maybe.
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I'd buy one in a shot.
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Sounds insane, but I'd get one.
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Just ******* release half life 3!!!
I doubt this would have any impact on HL3's release (unless they delay it to coincide with launch). There'd surely be two separate divisions working on both projects...
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I doubt this would have any impact on HL3's release (unless they delay it to coincide with launch). There'd surely be two separate divisions working on both projects...
Lets hope so. Just seems Valve are doing everything but develop HL3
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Old 03-03-2012, 14:20   #8
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Yep, they could announce it now and then it could come out soon in a few years time
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Steam console released with Half-Life 3 exclusive would surely murder every other console release.....
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Old 03-03-2012, 16:28   #10
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Aren't we still awaiting Episode 3 yet?
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Lets hope so. Just seems Valve are doing everything but develop HL3
I know what you mean, I thought the same when Left 4 Dead was announced, then Left 4 Dead 2 and then Portal 2! Thankfully, they all turned out to be fantastic games.
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Old 03-03-2012, 17:38   #12
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PC's in console style casing already exists and have done for some time. Nothing really new to any of this except this one carries the steam name, its probably worth going ahead though if only to expose how ridiculous the xbox live fee is for online play to those people who won't have a bad word said against it.
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It's not just broken. The record has been annihilated.
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Its like Microsoft hold a gun to your head, force you to buy a console, then make you pay for Live Gold.
It would be good to see if a software dev like Valve could break into the console market. Alienware are currently owned by Dell, so with them as a manufacturing partner already have a lot of the infrastructure in place. However, I would say it takes more than just titles and specs to sell these items. They will have to compete against the combined marketing budgets of MS and Sony, no easy feat.
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But won't two thirds the potential audience be all sniffy about the whatever controller they come up with? I'd be in if they use a standard console type controller but I'm in the other third that doesnt want to bother with the kerfuffle of mouse and keyboard on the sofa.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:56   #16
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I used to use a laptop tray to play Oblivion on my TV years ago (with a wireless keyboard and mouse), it worked rather well.

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This is a pretty interesting read:

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/11/0..._medium=social

The headline may be mostly about the controller (which I still have reservations about), but it's a neat summary of the console and Valve's plans so far....
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http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/25/5...-radeon-r9-270

An R9 270 based one for $500
That puts the next gen consoles to shame GPU wise!
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http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/25/5...-radeon-r9-270

An R9 270 based one for $500
That puts the next gen consoles to shame GPU wise!
ooo nice.

I'm just hoping that valve's linux implementation has managed to bypass a lot of the issues that there currently are with the overhead of direct x. If that's the case, steamos could be the mutts.

I can't really see them just doing another linux distribution with steam, there's not really much point, so they must have something up their sleeve in order to take it seriously enough to do a steamos.
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http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/25/5...-radeon-r9-270

An R9 270 based one for $500
That puts the next gen consoles to shame GPU wise!
Won't any high-end graphics card released in the next 12 months put the Steam Machine to shame?
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