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SteamOS! Out in the wild!

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i just couldn't get into the first one enough to try the second.   you have to REALLY know what you're doing to play that game, otherwise you just end up killing a bunch of teammates

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It's funny you say that cause I sniped 6 of my guys when I first started lol. After the 6th I thought "wait this is too easy they are always in front of me and in groups"

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Saw yesterday that the Steam Machines they sent out for beta testing cost at least $1300 to build.

 

If the Steam boxes are going to cost that much, looks like I won't be getting one of those either.

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From my understanding they randomly shipped veru powerful systems and also systems that would be the bare minimum. One video I saw the guy had gotten the lucky one, With the i7 chip with Gtx 780 graphics card ($499). With the ability to build your own and company's to do the same price can go for $1200 or as low as $250.

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Valve Reveals First Gen Steam Machines
JANUARY 6 - CHRISTEN
Over One Dozen Designs Announced 

January 6, 2014 – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced over one dozen Steam Machine designs now in production from leading manufacturers and targeted for release in 2014. 

The lineup of Steam Machines announced today offers a wide variety of price and performance options made possible by the Steam Machine’s open design, with systems starting as low as $499 and top end systems rivaling today’s bleeding edge gaming PCs. 

 

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/steamuniverse/announcements/detail/1927838910223830657

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I don't know if y'all have been checking out the CES coverage, a lot of manufacturers are going to be releasing "console" sized Steam Boxes.  There have been some cool looking designs popping up lately.  Though it does lead to the question of convergence. For example, lots of X1/PS4 discussion here, and in the PS4/X1 thread, lots of PC/Steam discussion.  Are we getting to a point where it's all kind of the same?  I mean, with everyone now using a x86 processor and basically the same bones on the GPU, how really different are the games and experiences going to become?  Like take Diablo III.  It's still Diablo III with their a controller or a mouse and keyboard.  Its still the same game as on PC or console.  Not a HUGE difference in the play through.  

 

Random musing, but hoping that the Dx issue can get sorted for the steam machines.  If they are only going to be able to offer the stream from your big box for a long time, it really hampers the idea behind a sepearte steam box/os.  I still look forward to seeing the AAA+ games on a steam box.

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even if valve does win the directx/opengl war, then without the backwards compatibility to run directx games....fug it.

 

but:

 

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definitely gonna be interesting.   that slim for 1000$ is pretty damn impressive if you have that kind of money to throw around.

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The maingear system is nuts:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/maingear-reveals-tiny-mighty-spark-steambox/

 

It's the size of a DVD case....  Though it does use mobile parts, but at that size, pocketable gaming PC (stretch!).  This is some actual innovation (at least on the hardware side of life).

 

Slightly off topic:  AMD's proof of concept for project discovery:

http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/07/amds-project-discovery-tablet/

 

Along the same lines of portable gaming.

 

Let's also not forget Nvidia's Tegra K1 - 192 Kepler cores...955mhz (est.  Anandtech).  THat's a good bit of power at 2w...

 

I'm glad there is some cool stuff coming out at CES.  Honestly, I feel like with the right marketing SteamOS can become a serious competitor in the gaming scene.  Maybe not mobile big, but carve out a large niche in the "console" space.  Though I feel like with the growing strength of mobile processing power, that's where we're going to see more energy go because of the growing monetization of the games.

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