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Who exactly is SteamOS's target audience? I don't get it.

#1BendoHendoPosted 9/23/2013 4:16:55 PM
The super tech-savvy PC enthusiasts will already have a PC in their living room if they want it, with the operating system of their choice.

Your average console gamer won't bother with the hassle or effort when they can just plug and play the latest x-box or playstation.

Your average PC gamer will just stick to his desktop in all likelihood.

I don't see who all would buy this besides die hard Steam fans.

Who's going to bother installing a new OS when they can just use the Steam + Windows combo?

And I don't remember a new OS ever being introduced to the market and having any success.

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#2TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 9/23/2013 4:23:34 PM
It's the synthesis of console gaming with PC gaming (easy to use, nice couch-friendly interface, but also supports the freedom that PC gamers have), and at the same time Valve is trying to make Linux a force to be reckoned with (through heavily supporting it and making it easy to use).

Good luck to Valve. I'd like to see this succeed. I'm definitely going to experiment with this on a virtual machine when it comes out.
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#3xero4887Posted 9/23/2013 4:31:14 PM(edited)
I know that I can't wait to get the SteamOS. I have a gigantic wanter cooled full tower upstairs in an upstairs room of my house. I have a basement with built in home theater that i would absolutely love to stream pc games too. I think this will give a huge edge to pc gaming in general being able to have a powerhouse of a computer tucked in a closet or in one room, while being able to game on any tv in the house using a streaming type box.

I believe for valve that this is a natural progression that microsoft has forced their hand at. If you think about it, microsoft, sony, and nintendo control their own fate. What i mean by this is that they have closed OS that they control on each of their consoles. Steam is completely reliant on windows for its product and that is scary when you are as large of a company as valve is. If Windows 8 is the direction microsoft is going with a built in app market, then it could greatly limit the way steam operates in the future. Gabe has been very vocal about his hate for windows 8 and what microsoft is creating. I believe valve is doing this because with linux and their own OS they can control their product fully and i can't blame them for doing this.
#4TheFeshPincePosted 9/23/2013 4:29:34 PM
I just want Steam to announce a cheap streaming device for this that I can put in my living room and I will be extremely pleased.
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#5PhilOnDezPosted 9/23/2013 4:43:35 PM
I don't actually know how the streaming is going to work but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited by the possibility of loading it up on my laptop and gaming at full speed instead of the barely playable it currently gets if I want to be in a different room from my computer. I've got a feeling it won't be perfect but even if it's limited to 30 fps due to bandwidth constraints it would be a big improvement over what I currently get out of it.
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#6dermoratrakenPosted 9/23/2013 5:01:31 PM
I've been trying to figure this out myself. It looks like a streamlined linux release that requires a second gaming quality computer. So, yes, that would seem to cut out the high and low tiers. Will the mid tier of pc gamers go for it? I doubt it. The second pc is probably still too much of an entry barrier.

The only way i see this working is the network streaming with any quality computer as a relay and secondary input point. Even then, it's still meant for a couch and tv, and thus intended to be a console replacement. I think it's a slap in the face of loyal steam pc gamers more than anything.
#7xcmon3yx2Posted 9/23/2013 5:35:22 PM
people who hate windows, but are only using it for steam
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#8AceallwaysPosted 9/23/2013 5:39:15 PM
TheFeshPince posted...
I just want Steam to announce a cheap streaming device for this that I can put in my living room and I will be extremely pleased.


I love my Ouya for this (Kainy/Splashtop 2) but would REALLY love an official steam solution too.
#9muccmasterxPosted 9/23/2013 5:58:35 PM
Windows 7 and gaming already works perfectly fine. Who is seriously going to give up an already great OS with great gaming capabilities for a non userfriendly OS that will have lousy software support just for some minor performance increases in gaming.
#10iceachePosted 9/23/2013 6:00:28 PM
muccmasterx posted...
Windows 7 and gaming already works perfectly fine. Who is seriously going to give up an already great OS with great gaming capabilities for a non userfriendly OS that will have lousy software support just for some minor performance increases in gaming.


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