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    Re: SteamBox, will it really pack a punch?

    Quote Originally Posted by zeledon123 View Post
    I wonder if steambox will sell as much as current ps4 or xbox one.
    As often happens in the run-up-to, and 18+ months after, the launch of a new gen of consoles, PC game sales are on the wane. The console platform has been king for most casual gamers for more than a decade (and many PC gamers also own at least one console platform).

    But the PC hardware market has been in decline for longer. Casual users, and even some power users, are making the switch to laptops and tablets.

    Also Steam Machines will be produced by a number of different manufacturers (many of whom were at CES 2014), so you'd have to combine the figures from the 13 different manufacturing partners. But this ignores that the OS is available for those who want to build their own Steam Machine. So it's likely we'll never know, unless Valve release figures showing the number of Steam OS devices.

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    Re: SteamBox, will it really pack a punch?

    The quality of the available software will determine its success - if you can really play PC games on this with all the customisation of controls and teh use of a keyboard it could be a game breaker !

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    i am looking forward to seeing how the steam box compares with my xb1 i like steam just hoping the branch out will be a great one

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    I think the most important thing about the steam box will be how it integrates other streaming services such as netflix, if it integrates at all

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    Re: SteamBox, will it really pack a punch?

    I like the idea of the steambox/machine. something I can connect to my tv and have it almost insteantly ready to play a game when the mood takes me. I have had a PS3 in the past and spent a lot of money in the store, which is waste now the PS4 is out and not backwards compaitble.

    My PS3 died (it was an old one that was soft modded too).

    So I turned to steam for my games and now have just over 650 of them. I've been through 3 PC's since I started and each time I could still play my games.

    I am assuming that games will be installed locally (as they are now) as I wasnt too impressed with onlive streaming when I tried it through my pc, but it was when it had just started.

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    Re: SteamBox, will it really pack a punch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captin View Post
    ... I am assuming that games will be installed locally (as they are now) as I wasnt too impressed with onlive streaming when I tried it through my pc, but it was when it had just started.
    That will depend on whether you go for a Machine or the Link...

    The Steam Link plugs into your TV, and you then stream from your gaming rig, across your LAN/WLAN, to your Link.

    On the other hand, a Steam Machine is a standalone PC of varying hardware, running SteamOS (if bought from the Steam Store), but that can run Windows and other x86/x64 operating systems. Should you be unhappy with the graphics performance in a particular game, SteamOS will still allow you to stream from your gaming rig to your Steam Machine.

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    I wonder if it would be worth purchasing this over a console, mainly for offline gaming?

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    They just need to sort the Linux graphics drivers out

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