Originally Posted by ILoveHighDPI
The reason Valve wants to do this is most PC games are currently locked to an OS that you have to purchase, and agree to whatever restrictions Microsoft sees fit to impose upon you. If Steam OS takes off then people will be able to build all gaming PC's they want without paying Microsoft.
The reason Valve wants to do this is so that they can take users who are locked into Windows, and lock them firmly into their own OS and ecosystem instead. That way they can do their best to ensure that all software running on the system will be purchased via them.
If you think that Valve are going to be less heavy handed about imposing restrictions on you than Microsoft, you've got another thing coming. We've already seen their "we know best, you'll do what we say" attitude manifest in their Steam client. The example I gave in the other thread was forced updates; only now has Microsoft started taking this draconian approach, while Steam has been at it for years. "Want to get straight into the game without waiting for this patch to install? Screw you, you can't launch without updating". "Want to install a specific version of a game because a patch broke something? Screw you, you're installing the latest". "Want to roll back one patch? Screw you, you can't". "Want to defer a client update? Screw you, we're already downloading it". You think they aren't going to subject you to data mining? People have this naive notion of "Valve; champion of the PC gamer", but Valve's principal interest is extracting money out of you as efficiently as it can, just like any other huge corporate entity.
They'll put their dumbed-down one-size-fits-all UI over linux, and you'll use it exactly the way they want you to use it. However much Microsoft has crippled their latest OS, it still offers infinitely more versatility, customizability and freedom than Steam OS ever will.
If you compare the Alpha to it's SteamOS equivalent, the price difference is a mere $50, so it's not like users would be paying Microsoft the full price of a Windows license anyway. They pay $50 more for a 100x more versatile and useful
device. I guarantee that 80% of "Steam machines" will end up running Windows within 6 months of purchase.Edited by Oubadah - 11/7/15 at 1:25am