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Do you think that Valve can keep the price of a steam machine to 400 or less?
And keep the specs decent?
Keep in mind, this is prebuilt so it will be more expensive than PCs you build yourself.
No. I think they will probably range from $500-$1800.
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I doubt it would be under $400 without major compromises-- a mid-range office prebuilt, with no video card, is in the $300-$400 range without a video card. Also keep in mind that consoles usually sell at a loss early in their life cycle and make up the difference with software sales; I'm assuming Valve won't do that.
...Keep in mind, this is prebuilt so it will be more expensive than PCs you build yourself.
Actually, not necessarily-- if they can get bulk discounts on parts and don't gouge people they could actually be the same or lower cost than BIY.
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Not with the specs they were talking about... Titan, 4770 CPU, 8-16gb RAM (I forget). I have a feeling they will be in the $800+ range, and only that cheap because Valve will be willing to take a hit on it to get it some traction.
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If they can't keep the price competitive, then how would they compete with the console market?
Consoles consistently prove that power matters extremely little.
Yeah, but... if it's that powerful and at several hundred dollars discount, I'd probably buy one just to take it apart for parts. Or, more simply, just install window8 and make it into a standard windows pc.
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IF it really has those specs then HELL NO. That would be a steal.
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From the ones I saw the weakest GPU they were sending out in the trail was a 660. I have my doubt for a 400 price range. Unless Valve is willing to sell close to cost. Which is possible. Maybe they are just looking for more steam consumers.
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did valve ever say whether they will be using the full size pcb or will it be a mini like the ones asus has?
No, not $400 or less and still be able to play any modern games. The thing is, the Steambox is basically targetting the console market, trying to get them involved in PC gaming. Why would someone like that want to buy a $400 crappy PC that plays old games, and maybe some new games on low when they can buy a PS4 for $400 and play all those games basically on High or Ultra quality settings?
The only type of person that would buy one is someone who is already willing to spend the $1000-$1500 for a computer, they might look at the Steambox and think it's a decent deal, being in a smaller case with high end parts for comparable as building (better be comparable)...why not buy a Steambox instead of a regular PC?
Those are the only people that will buy it. That will be too few people. The Steambox will flop and everyone will question why they were worshipping Gabe Newell in the first place.
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