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September 23, 2013

Steam Living Room

I will be sleeping by the time they make the first of three announcements, so y’all can either add it to this post, or drop info and commentary in the comments…if you care. (LOL)

  1. September 23, 2013 10:01 am

    Number 1: Steam OS.

    • September 23, 2013 4:00 pm

      Creating their own flavor of Linux shouldn’t be too difficult. At this point, I will be very surprised if they don’t announce a partnership with some hardware company, one of the logical choices being Dell. Interesting stuff and as more options are made available, Gamers win.

  2. September 24, 2013 6:57 am

    This is awesome news. I think one of the biggest advantages is their streaming features they are mentioning (using my gaming computer’s hardware to process games on the steambox).

  3. September 25, 2013 7:35 pm

    Announcement 2.

    The Steambox – really, they have only announced a prototype, and the OS is only “coming soon” and in Valve time, that could actually mean years. Just more nebulous bullshit from them. No specs, no prices, no dates.

    As for the OS itself, one of the four bulletpoints was that you can “stream games from your window machine to play on your Living room TV” ?!

    That brings a massive WTF?!

    I would say disappointed, but really, I didn’t expect anything to be disappointed about. I was interested to see what they would announce, but that they provided no concrete info about their plans is no surprise. They could just as easily have said this much last year at this time. LOL

    Go Valve! /sarcasm

    • Blankman permalink*
      September 25, 2013 10:13 pm

      Valve is filled with nothing but hot air. They want some third party upstart to do all of the heavy lifting & then they’ll acquire them. With Valve’s recent jettison of hardware talent, how can anyone take them seriously about their announcements? I mean their actions speak louder than their bullshit words. Ridiculous.

    • September 26, 2013 7:14 am

      It’s almost the same shame I feel with Gearbox. I was such a Borderlands Fanboy, only to have all of that ripped out by their poor ethics.

      I used to love Valve and anything they were involved in. Half Life 1/2, TF2, Portal, Counter Strike (which is on par with Haylow 2 with how much I played that), and L4D. Once the veil was lifted though, all I could see is just them living through past glories. I’ve long since been done with hyping anything they’re involved with. I personally don’t see this Steambox becoming as big as fans are thinking, but what do I know. Gaben is a God, apparently according to all the Cheeto-stained MDKs that flock to Valve’s side.

  4. September 26, 2013 7:10 am

    As I understand it, this is the model they are thinking of doing:

    1. Streaming Box = $99. Brings your existing gaming PC to your living room, with its own OS. In the past 3 months, I would say roughly 95% of my Steam activity has been through their “Big Picture Mode”. This segment is designed for already PC gamers.

    2. Good Steam Box = $Cost of Next-Gen Console. This will likely have specs comparable to PS4 Xbox One and will be a “good” PC gaming experience.

    3. Best Steam Box = $ High end PC cost. This will be a high end form factor rig. This is the biggest segment I do not understand, unless they have a very attractive price. Who wouldn’t just build their own box and use option 1?

    I agree no prices/dates is frustrating .I DO think however that the period of development time on this is going to be pretty fast in “Valve time” (2014) lol.

    I will say the streaming functionality is a huge deal to me, and I think the “console” OS that can manage my media/PC games from is a very interesting concept. Also, an interesting note is that all the major hardware manufacturers had prepared Linux drivers, that were released right after the announcement.

  5. September 26, 2013 10:51 am

    I think we need to differentiate Valve from the Game Developer portion of their company, to the Steam portion. Say what you will about how they handle games, there is not a single gaming service that is as streamlined/functional and a good deal to gamers than Steam. Also, Steam still has more users actively using it than Xbox Live (and obviously PSN lol).

    I do not see SteamBox (in any form) as being a guaranteed success, but I think there is a huge potential. And Valve has been open from the beginning that they are not THAT interested in producing the hardware. They want to create a platform for others to support. I am interested to see what their third announcement is in relation to this.

    Another quick point I wanted to make was about the Stream Box. Because of modern PC architecture (specifically intel’s latest CPU/integrated graphics). Many home PCs are coming stock with the ability to play most games on low/mid settings (without dedicated graphics cards!). For example, I am going to be picking up the Surface Pro 2 tablet, which has an i5 CPU clocked at 1.7 (most towers you buy from retail will be even faster). This tablet can play BF3, Call of Duty, Skyrim etc, all on integrated graphics.

    I understand everyone’s views, and this probably looks like I am on Valve’s balls, but I think Valve’s announcements are a bigger deal than many think. Heck, even as an OS alone, there is a lot of potential.

  6. September 27, 2013 10:15 am

    Final announcement: Steam Controller

    Very non-traditional, and going to be a hard sell without feeling it for myself. The tech does make sense in theory, but thumbsticks are just so hard written into my brain at this point.

    • September 27, 2013 12:36 pm

      That is horrible placement for the face buttons.

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