Will Microsoft's Digital-Only Xbox One be comparable to Valve's Steam Machine?

#1ukemandwnbuPosted 1/31/2014 3:17:01 PM
Microsoft "Windows Machine" (Digital-Mostly Almost-Always-Online Xbox One) Wish List

-Proprietary hardware, software, and OS with 4K Ultra HD support, (optional) Blu-ray Disc support, Xbox (original) and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility (depends on SKU, explained below).

-Several SKUs (closed system, not upgradeable or customizable) to be produced ranging from "Budget" (low-end hardware [maximum Kinect-focused], price-conscious. Ideal for the Casual gamer) to "Premium" (ultra high-end "futureproof" hardware [maximum gaming-focused], "money is no object"-conscious. Ideal for the Hardcore gamer) selections, as well as mid-range selections for Hybrid (combo Casual/Hardcore) gamers.

-Digital games heavily discounted, incentivizing buying digital over physical games.

-Xbox Live required for free monthly games, online multiplayer, apps (Netflix, YouTube, NFL, etc.), Internet Explorer, and other online features (Private and Party Chat, messaging, etc.). Kinect not required.
#2pwnater777Posted 1/31/2014 3:24:13 PM
No. Steam Machine would easily be able to switch from Steam OS to Windows if you wish, and you'd basically have your own little PC tower there that's optimized for a wider area. Xbox One would be just that, except no retail game discs (and thus, no pre-owned either).
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#3axelfooley2k5Posted 1/31/2014 3:27:24 PM(edited)
digital only sucks.....for me
mbps dont grow on trees
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#4bob15xPosted 1/31/2014 3:29:32 PM
you mean the digital only console that does not exist?
#5swaggernautPosted 1/31/2014 3:37:46 PM
It'll be better.
#6Retrogamer79Posted 1/31/2014 3:57:27 PM
MS's idea of heavily discounted = $3 off retail
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#7Cosmic_DiabeticPosted 1/31/2014 3:59:50 PM
the reason the digital market works for steam is that they don't sell products at a higher price than retail stores.
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#8extankerPosted 1/31/2014 4:07:20 PM
ukemandwnbu posted...
Microsoft "Windows Machine" (Digital-Mostly Almost-Always-Online Xbox One) Wish List

-Proprietary hardware, software, and OS with 4K Ultra HD support, (optional) Blu-ray Disc support, Xbox (original) and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility (depends on SKU, explained below).

-Several SKUs (closed system, not upgradeable or customizable) to be produced ranging from "Budget" (low-end hardware [maximum Kinect-focused], price-conscious. Ideal for the Casual gamer) to "Premium" (ultra high-end "futureproof" hardware [maximum gaming-focused], "money is no object"-conscious. Ideal for the Hardcore gamer) selections, as well as mid-range selections for Hybrid (combo Casual/Hardcore) gamers.

-Digital games heavily discounted, incentivizing buying digital over physical games.

-Xbox Live required for free monthly games, online multiplayer, apps (Netflix, YouTube, NFL, etc.), Internet Explorer, and other online features (Private and Party Chat, messaging, etc.). Kinect not required.


You realize you pretty much just described a PC. For consoles, you can't divide a user base like this. It would never work and be a disaster.
#9ukemandwnbu(Topic Creator)Posted 1/31/2014 10:13:45 PM
extanker posted...
ukemandwnbu posted...
Microsoft "Windows Machine" (Digital-Mostly Almost-Always-Online Xbox One) Wish List

-Proprietary hardware, software, and OS with 4K Ultra HD support, (optional) Blu-ray Disc support, Xbox (original) and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility (depends on SKU, explained below).

-Several SKUs (closed system, not upgradeable or customizable) to be produced ranging from "Budget" (low-end hardware [maximum Kinect-focused], price-conscious. Ideal for the Casual gamer) to "Premium" (ultra high-end "futureproof" hardware [maximum gaming-focused], "money is no object"-conscious. Ideal for the Hardcore gamer) selections, as well as mid-range selections for Hybrid (combo Casual/Hardcore) gamers.

-Digital games heavily discounted, incentivizing buying digital over physical games.

-Xbox Live required for free monthly games, online multiplayer, apps (Netflix, YouTube, NFL, etc.), Internet Explorer, and other online features (Private and Party Chat, messaging, etc.). Kinect not required.


You realize you pretty much just described a PC. For consoles, you can't divide a user base like this. It would never work and be a disaster.


Steam Machines are basically pre-build PCs in console form. Wouldn't these devices being splitting the PC user base being that it uses its SteamOS and not Windows? This is what I described in the OP, except instead of Valve/Steam it would be for a Microsoft/Windows version with Xbox features (still labeled as an Xbox). My point in the OP was that Microsoft could have its own "Windows Machine" Xbox One if they went digital-only/cloud-based, similar to Valve's Steam Machine.

Also, everyone buying whichever "Windows Machine"/Digital-Only Xbox One SKU would all still be apart of the same Xbox community -- so how would this possibly divide the user base?
#10Laylow12Posted 1/31/2014 10:27:31 PM
Retrogamer79 posted...
MS's idea of heavily discounted = $3 off retail

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