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I suspect Steambox will start only serving a small niche and gain more mainstream popularity by the end of this console cycle.  At some point the major consoles are going to go entirely disc-less.  By starting now Valve is getting the jump on the competition.  I don't think they have a chance of beating the PS4 or the next Xbox directly, but the PS5 and Xbox after that will start at a huge disadvantage because Valve has already started developing this platform with the release of Steam on Linux.  They are thinking quite a few moves ahead.

Edit: Also they should pre-install Half-Life 3 on every box

You know what? I've considered the diskless concept before and IMO it just wouldn't work right now. Between data caps and unreliable connections overseas I just can't see it. Heck you have some parts of the world where internet is just too expensive, or the terrain limits availability (I think New Zealand is an example).

*shurgs* We'll see I guess.
    
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Personally, I'd only be interested in using one as a media streamer.
I couldn't give less of a crap about playing games on it. That's why I have a PC (which also plays EVERY game and not just a pathetic list of "Linux approved" games).
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Screw Netflix.... get Amazon Prime Video... and done. -_- NetFlix is horribly overrated. People may think its better because its been around longer.... NO not even close. If anything Amazon has a achieved more in less time than Netflix has in years. So use Amazon instead.
    
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I don't see these selling that well. If playing PC games why settle for such a low powered one?

I'm a huge console gamer, but I also play PC games every now and then. I don't worship Gabe as some seem to do, so I don't see how this will be special.

Interesting concept nonetheless.
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I'd vision AIO liquid cooling, they can easily slip a radiator and a block over a custom PCB in a form factor no larger than a Wii

PSU would be external though
    
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post #47 of 54
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Screw Netflix.... get Amazon Prime Video... and done. -_- NetFlix is horribly overrated. People may think its better because its been around longer.... NO not even close. If anything Amazon has a achieved more in less time than Netflix has in years. So use Amazon instead.

I have an Amazon Prime sub, and their streaming offering is pretty sparse to say the least at the moment.. Their free offering is laughable, and most of the things you actually want to watch have to be rented on top of already having paid for Prime.

Let's just say I don't have Prime for the streaming.
Edited by Kaldari - 3/7/13 at 11:10am
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I'd vision AIO liquid cooling, they can easily slip a radiator and a block over a custom PCB in a form factor no larger than a Wii

PSU would be external though

Why would they bother with AIO watercooling? It'll be pointless, add to cost, increase chances of something going wrong, for absolutely no reason since it will be a low power system. It'll be far better to just design and use a custom heatsink that takes up the exact amount of space available inside the box.
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The PCB will be the most expensive to produce, an AIO would be $40 at most. If it can last 5-7 years it would do fine
    
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The PCB will be the most expensive to produce, an AIO would be $40 at most. If it can last 5-7 years it would do fine

And a custom heatsink would cost $20 at the most and cool better with significantly less risk.

The only reason to put an AIO in is marketing for uninformed people like you, and charge way more than the difference in cost.
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