A lot of people are making a big fuss over this, this is only a reference model for the future (read my comment below) to provide performance for people who don't want to go console gaming but don't want to fiddle in traditional PC areas like overclocking either. Apart from that, it's just a PC, like any other, you, the enthusiast, can change the components in the Steambox you bought however you like or build your own and install SteamOS on it for free. There really isn't much more to it, really, Valve is only aiming to make their SteamOS readily available in a complete package OS + system + controller for those who want a ready to go experience, with most of the benefits and freedom of a PC platform.
Originally Posted by Papadope
It's interesting that the lowest end card that will ship will be a GTX660, what exactly are the looking to test with these configurations? It's almost as if they are trying to guarantee their will be 0 performance issues with any single one of their Linux supported games.
You're not thinking into the future. When Steamboxes are finally ready probably in the middle of next year, 20nm GPUs will be available, thus the GTX 660 will be entry level gaming by then.Edited by tpi2007 - 10/4/13 at 1:57pm