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I think since Steam's market demographic is nothing but PC gamers at the moment they will have no choice other than to create a system that PC gamers will want to buy, instead of trying to take share from the current console market. So that tells me this "Steambox" will not suck.

As far as the whole Linux thing, this is probably the only way it makes sense to do it. You're not going to see the Linux community openly accept DRM into their world, so the box will just be a way of letting you actually "own" the games instead of just having a license to use them, while still keeping pirating at a minimum.

That or they're just planning on using games to get linux people to sell their souls too.

I'm sure you can tell which situation I'd prefer.
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I could be wrong, but I see it as Steam wanting to build their own ecosystem, that is completely free of any form of digital distribution competition. Maybe Origin and MS Store put a little fright in old Gabe.
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Originally Posted by OCScrub View Post

I could be wrong, but I see it as Steam wanting to build their own ecosystem, that is completely free of any form of digital distribution competition. Maybe Origin and MS Store put a little fright in old Gabe.



If anything, by releasing a console, Steam is jumping ship into a market that has about 1000x stronger competition than any other digital retail platform on PC can provide against them.
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I think since Steam's market demographic is nothing but PC gamers at the moment they will have no choice other than to create a system that PC gamers will want to buy, instead of trying to take share from the current console market. So that tells me this "Steambox" will not suck.
As far as the whole Linux thing, this is probably the only way it makes sense to do it. You're not going to see the Linux community openly accept DRM into their world, so the box will just be a way of letting you actually "own" the games instead of just having a license to use them, while still keeping pirating at a minimum.
That or they're just planning on using games to get linux people to sell their souls too.
I'm sure you can tell which situation I'd prefer.

To be honest, I do not see Steam letting you "own" the game at all. The DRM will function exactly the same as it does in Windows and Linux.

The only thing I can see Steam Box doing different from current Linux distros is automatic boot to the "Big Picture" mode, and maybe some more user friendly interface improvements on the underlying OS.
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If anything, by releasing a console, Steam is jumping ship into a market that has about 1000x stronger competition than any other digital retail platform on PC can provide against them.

I don't see Steam allowing you to get software for their own steambox from anyone other than steam...

But I guess in your world Steam is allowing playstation, origin, and xboxlive store to distribute content on their platform as well. I suppose anything is possible rolleyes.gif
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Hence their partnership with AMD and Alienware?
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This is awesome.

It's also something I'd buy to gift friends who are into consoles over PC gaming.
    
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Hopefully, it will be worth the weight.

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Half Life 3 will be a SteamBox exclusive. lol.
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Think positive. It will be a console that support k&b and have great steam sale. Super win. And unlike a PC, it will most likely cost less and most likely require zero maintenance.
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