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So a "Steam Box" is just a prebuilt with a Steam logo slapped on?

#1PathlessBulletPosted 1/7/2014 6:31:22 AM
Is that the gist of it?
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#2SinisterSlayPosted 1/7/2014 6:33:06 AM
That runs Linux.
Last i heard it was based on Ubuntu which is based on Debian testing so it's unstable.
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#3MaxCHEATER64Posted 1/7/2014 6:34:15 AM
SinisterSlay posted...
That runs Linux.
Last i heard it was based on Ubuntu which is based on Debian testing so it's unstable.


Fail/10



TC, a Steambox is basically a prebuilt computer that you interact with like a console. If you have a gaming PC, you don't need to worry about the Steam Machines at all.

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#4aak57Posted 1/7/2014 6:35:20 AM
Steam Machines are basically small form factor PCs that come with SteamOS (some have Windows too). At the low end they're actually a good value (especially since prebuilts around $500-700 always have bad GPUs) but I don't really see the point once you hit $1000 and beyond.
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#5JudgmenlPosted 1/7/2014 6:38:07 AM
If you were assuming that you were apart of the Steambox target audience you were mistaken.
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#6AsellusPosted 1/7/2014 6:42:05 AM
And with a Steam Controller included and Steam pre-installed, more or less.
#7_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 1/7/2014 6:51:45 AM
Can SteamOS play every game on Steam? If it can only play Linux games then even Mac OS has more games available.
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#8AsellusPosted 1/7/2014 7:11:47 AM
Can SteamOS play every game on Steam? If it can only play Linux games then even Mac OS has more games available.

Only Linux games. Of course Valve will be nudging developers towards Linux/OSX development and promoting OpenGL over Direct3d (which is the biggest hurdle towards ease of porting). High-end Steam Machines are also likely to include Windows.
#9FoShoMyGansta20Posted 1/7/2014 7:37:27 AM
_Marka_Ragnos_ posted...
Can SteamOS play every game on Steam? If it can only play Linux games then even Mac OS has more games available.


This is true, but more games have been coming out on Linux lately. Valve is trying to convince developers to develop for Linux. That's how the Metro 2 port came about.
#10_Marka_Ragnos_Posted 1/7/2014 7:39:51 AM
FoShoMyGansta20 posted...
_Marka_Ragnos_ posted...
Can SteamOS play every game on Steam? If it can only play Linux games then even Mac OS has more games available.


This is true, but more games have been coming out on Linux lately. Valve is trying to convince developers to develop for Linux. That's how the Metro 2 port came about.


I'm just afraid this will perpetuate the myth of, "PC haz no gaems". If someone who is traditionally a console gamer (the demographic for steambox) picks one up and then can't play 90% of the games on the Steam store. My friends on Macs have a hard enough time finding games to play on their macs and that's nowhere near as bad as linux gaming is at the moment.

I honestly think they should have made the first steam boxes windows with a UI layer over it (Kind of like what Samsung and HTC do with Android) so windows games could be played rather than force something that isn't there yet.
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