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I've never used steam. Explain the steambox to me

#1Holy_OblivionPosted 9/25/2013 12:11:32 PM
All I really know about steam is that it's basically the pc version of the psn store and Microsoft marketplace. So will the steam boxes just let you play PC games without needing a good computer? Or let you play pc games on the tv (which I can imagine most PC users can already do). But if that's the case, I don't see the point of the steambox since most steam users would already have high end PCs to play games on. So yeah, just wondering if I'm assuming its functions correctly and what would be the point.
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#2YoungAdultLinkPosted 9/25/2013 12:13:00 PM
The steambox IS a good computer. Well, some of them will be. They'll offer them at different price points, some that are just there for streaming, others that are meant to be the main gaming system you have.
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#3DragonRaizenPosted 9/25/2013 12:13:44 PM
PSN and Microsoft marketplace are the consoles' sad attempt at being Steam.
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#4SinisterSlayPosted 9/25/2013 12:14:03 PM
The steambox might target me.
I enjoy PC gaming, but I don't care if I can max graphics or not, so a gaming prebuilt for a good price is a good deal to me.
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#5Rud3BwoyPosted 9/25/2013 12:14:39 PM
DragonRaizen posted...
PSN and Microsoft marketplace are the consoles' sad attempt at being Steam.


yet consoles are doing better than pc gaming lol

nice logic.
#6MasterDonGeroPosted 9/25/2013 12:17:21 PM
Rud3Bwoy posted...
DragonRaizen posted...
PSN and Microsoft marketplace are the consoles' sad attempt at being Steam.


yet consoles are doing better than pc gaming lol

nice logic.


Why do you think consoles are doing better than PC gaming?
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#7matu90rkPosted 9/25/2013 12:22:59 PM
Rud3Bwoy posted...
DragonRaizen posted...
PSN and Microsoft marketplace are the consoles' sad attempt at being Steam.


yet consoles are doing better than pc gaming lol

nice logic.


PC game sales have gone up thrice since 2012 while console game sales have dwindled.
Market analysts predict PC game sales' revenue to surpass console's in 2014.
#8DragonRaizenPosted 9/25/2013 2:17:19 PM
Rud3Bwoy posted...
DragonRaizen posted...
PSN and Microsoft marketplace are the consoles' sad attempt at being Steam.


yet consoles are doing better than pc gaming lol

nice logic.


I didn't even try to bring logic into that, just chronology.
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#9Ikari GendoPosted 9/25/2013 2:19:06 PM
Rud3Bwoy posted...
DragonRaizen posted...
PSN and Microsoft marketplace are the consoles' sad attempt at being Steam.


yet consoles are doing better than pc gaming lol

nice logic.


This isn't a chicken or the egg debate, steam came out first.
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#10BelberithPosted 9/25/2013 2:25:06 PM
The Steambox is a computer that will most likely be sold at well over its worth, never think its a console.

A console has set specs and hardware and is a closed platform

The Steambox is being manufactured by many companies and has all the functionality of a regular computer.

The only reason to buy a Steambox is if you don't feel like spending an hour hooking up the single hdmi cable to your tv and the power cable for the computer you already have/can go out and buy for less than the steam box, install the OS, and buy a gamepad. All at a low low price of extra hundreds of dollars(unless its sold at a loss which will never happen for reasons that are too long to fit into one post)