Originally Posted by Milestailsprowe
I'm sure steamboxs will come in all shapes and size even though Valve should be the only person making them. This is a extremely niche product. I"m sure Dell or Asus will make the Standard Steam Box
Right, but if they want average consumers who aren't tech nerds to buy this stuff, it has to be priced appropriately. Therein lies the problem - getting a good quality full PC costs a lot of money, certainly a lot more money than a PS4, for example. And that is primarily what a "steam box" would compete with - the next generation consoles. Personally I would much rather have a 400$ PS4 than a steam box like this - and getting a high quality Steam box will not be cheap. Think something along the lines of a Haswell core i5 with a GTX 760, those parts alone cost more than 450$ and would propel the steam box price above 800$ for a total PC - and an i5 with a 760 STILL can't max many games out at 1080p. So 450$ gets you an i5 with a 760, then you add a motherboard, SSD, etc, that is going to be REALLY expensive.
I would like to see steam box compete with the next gen consoles, but the reality is that they won't. It will be an extreme niche product due to price, because you can't build a great PC without a decent amount of money. You certainly can't build a good PC for 400$, which is what the PS4 will sell for. And a 1000$ PC right now still can't max out games at 1080p for a fluid 60 fps (with a GTX 760, for instance..).
Steam box just can't compete on price to the next generation consoles, and you need a beefy GPU to max games out at 1080p. That won't be cheap.Edited by xoleras - 9/30/13 at 1:29pm