"Steam Box" - Steam gaming console rumour

Discussion in 'Games Talk' started by Nineaxis, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Nineaxis

    aa Nineaxis Quack Doctor

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    http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/2/2840932/exclusive-valve-steam-box-gaming-console

    Sounds interesting.
    • Third party hardware system
    • Specs and software set by Valve
    • Rumoured baseline specs include a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GPU
    • Able to run any PC games, and will also allow non-Steam services to be loaded
    • Would establish a clear hardware lifecycle for developers
    • USB peripherals including controller with swappable components
    • Would utilize Steam's Big Picture mode
    • Could possibly compete with Apple TV and similar products, not just gaming consoles
    • Goal is to introduce an open non-PC gaming/media ecosystem
     
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  2. Freyja

    aa Freyja ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    I'm not so sure I could settle into console gaming, no matter who makes it. I just prefer sitting in front of the screen with a keyboard on a table.
     
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  3. Fr0Z3nR

    aa Fr0Z3nR Creator of blackholes & memes. Destroyer of forums

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    I just don't know what to say.

    ... I prefer my computer and would like make sure I run it well into the ground before I get something new like that.
     
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  4. theharribokid

    aa theharribokid

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    Didn't that most recent Gabe interview that showed him with a beard basically say getting into console gaming would be alot of hard work for us? I.e. that they wouldn't bother
     
  5. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    I can see why they would consider going into the hardware scene, Valve have always provided an excellent service and the services provided by Windows and their xbox 360, and sony and the ps3, have been nothing short of less than what was promised.

    I'm not sure what they think they're up to and my concern is that if Valve are doing too many things at once then the companies quality will degrade overall. It has always been a small company and the more a company grows the more it tends to let quality slide.

    @Harribo: Gabe didn't want to get into the console business because he would have to convert all his code to openGL. A lot of hours duplicating existing content to tap into an inferior market.

    If they just went and made their own system though they wouldn't have to waste man hours converting code and instead immediately throw products out onto the market.

    That's what i understand about it so far.
     
  6. Freyja

    aa Freyja ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    I was talking about this to a friend.

    I can't see us loosing anything with this.

    This is basically giving console gamers a new console, which is many times more powerful than what they have at the moment, therefore they'll be happy too. Except it will be running PC programs, which is extra good for them because DLC will be easy, as well as them being able to run many PC-only games.

    It's also good for us because if it does indeed manage to rival the PS3 and xbox, and I see no reason it would, it'll bring the "PC console" into the line for console-exclusive games. And we can get them too, because that means they'll be developed for PC simultaneously.

    Not only that, but we get to play with them, and you can take your save games cross-platform, as well as your custom maps, models.

    I won't buy one, probably, nor will I use one if I get the chance, but It's good for us regardless.
     
  7. LeSwordfish

    aa LeSwordfish semi-trained quasi-professional

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    I'd consider getting one... but how much will they cost? Why should i buy this and a tv when i could get a PC that could do all of that, PLUS your standard PC stuff.

    It's good in general, but meh for me.
     
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  8. fubarFX

    aa fubarFX The "raw" in "nodraw"

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    well valve has been talking about getting steam in your living room for a while but you don't need a console for that...
     
  9. Kiddnils

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    Maybe interesting: List of Valve Patents

    GAME ANIMATIONS WITH MULTI-DIMENSIONAL VIDEO GAME DATA Published: 02-02-2012
    COMPOSITING MULTIPLE SCENE SHOTS INTO A VIDEO GAME CLIP Published: 02-02-2012
    GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR MODIFICATION OF ANIMATION DATA USING PRESET ANIMATION SAMPLES
    MULTI-DIMENSIONAL VIDEO GAME WORLD DATA RECORDER Published: 01-26-2012
    VIDEO GAME CONTROLLER HAVING USER SWAPPABLE CONTROL COMPONENTS Published: 05-05-2011
    PLAYER BIOFEEDBACK FOR DYNAMICALLY CONTROLLING A VIDEO GAME STATE Published: 01-13-2011
    List from http://www.faqs.org/patents/assignee/valve-corporation/
     
  10. A Boojum Snark

    aa A Boojum Snark Toraipoddodezain Mazahabado

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    The answer really is that you shouldn't. You aren't the target market. This would be for the tens of thousands of people that prefer lounging on their couch to play video games and only use a computer for facebook, and perhaps cannot even run modern PC games.
     
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  11. Sel

    Sel Banned

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    If you're going to trick out a console with parts that aren't garbage, why not just buy a pc and hook it up to your tv instead?
     
  12. A Boojum Snark

    aa A Boojum Snark Toraipoddodezain Mazahabado

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    It's still about marketing and the target demographic. "Just buy a PC" still requires people to figure out what they do/don't need and making a standard box with (presumably) a stripped down console-esque UI will appeal to the computer/hardware illiterate.

    Of course... this is still all speculation on why a rumored piece of hardware would be made, so... grain of salt and all that.
     
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  13. grazr

    aa grazr Old Man Mutant Ninja Turtle

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    That's odd, Windows are already in the realm of creating a similar console controller in a squishy ball with detatchable components that allow disabled people to play video games.

    It'd be a shame if Valve start sueing Windows/Xbox because their controller that's primarily for disabled children uses detatchable components.

    I guess the hardest part for Valve then would be to break through all the cruisader like fanboyism that exists between console users. Console players tend to be very loyal customers to their respective brands. Especially when they can't afford to have both the 2 top dogs at once, xbox and the ps3.
     
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  14. YM

    aa YM LVL100 YM

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    Top four are just source film maker.

    Only the modular controller sounds remotely related to this 'steam box'
     
  15. Pocket

    aa Pocket func_croc

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    Pffft. Valve can't even be bothered to follow through with their plans to make their shit work on Macs; why do they think this would be any different?
     
  16. Ravidge

    aa Ravidge Grand Vizier

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