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News Xi3 making Valve's Steam Box? Not exactly

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 9 Jan 2013.

  1. lp1988

    lp1988 Well-Known Member

    24 Jun 2008
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    Having my pc in that size would be epic :D
  2. Lockinvar

    Lockinvar Member

    9 Mar 2008
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    Good article however nothing I've read prior to this made me think that the piston was THE steam box.

    I won't lie - I want a steam box bad. It will probably take over the current household duties of my WD TV and my PS3. And it makes me want to massively expand my 100 game steam library... well played Mr. Newell.
  3. musicrab

    musicrab New Member

    19 Apr 2010
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    This still doesn't make sense to me. 2014 for a box to will play Linux AND PC games. So does Newell believe that PC game requirements will level out in the next 12-24months? I know things have got easier in the last couple of years (blame all the ports I guess) but has PC h/w engineering reached a performance plateau? Surely that's the only way a box (or boxes like this) will succeed.
  4. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    You either support your partners or you do it yourself, Gabe, there's no half-way house. What customer would want to buy a 3rd party instead of Valve's own, with Valve's own marketing and premium placement on Steam? Basic business sense states you couldn't compete with that. Yet, Valve doesn't have the hardware distribution network to do sell its own products unless he plans to do co-operative agreements with hardware vendors like Google does with Nexus? That kills the open market and any price competitiveness. Why not make the specs open-source and let anyone meet them, so at least real PC gamers and small-market SI's can then just build their own?

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