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Can they make a Steambox and sell it for cheaper than building your own PC?

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User Info: Springer

Springer
3 years ago#1
If not, then whats the point? I will build my own PC and then use Steam OS on it, right?
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3 years ago#2
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User Info: Conker

Conker
3 years ago#3
Yes, of course they can. Think of the consoles that are usually stated to be sold at a loss when they first launch. It's all about the software and eco-system for Valve to profit. But even so, with economies of scale, it'll likely not cost very much to build these systems.
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User Info: Xjph

Xjph
3 years ago#4
Even without selling at a loss there is economy of scale. It's cheaper per unit to buy 10,000 CPUs than just one.
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User Info: ThunderPotato

ThunderPotato
3 years ago#5
Xjph posted...
Even without selling at a loss there is economy of scale. It's cheaper per unit to buy 10,000 CPUs than just one.


Someone on GameFAQs gets it. This could possibly be the greatest deal for those too timid to give PC gaming a try, if Valve plays their cards right.
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User Info: Pyrotechnixxx

Pyrotechnixxx
3 years ago#6
Not only that, but since the Steam Machine will primarily run Steam games, that can sell at razor-thin profit margins and still make a killing on games.
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User Info: TheMisfit

TheMisfit
3 years ago#7
ThunderPotato posted...
Xjph posted...
Even without selling at a loss there is economy of scale. It's cheaper per unit to buy 10,000 CPUs than just one.


Someone on GameFAQs gets it. This could possibly be the greatest deal for those too timid to give PC gaming a try, if Valve plays their cards right.


Agreed. Why do you think the PS4 infrastructure is so cheap?...mass quantity production. Steambox could be a really smart move if done correctly. And Valve is a veteran with the PC market, so I am guessing they know what they are doing. Everyone saying they already have a powerful PC, Valve is not making the Steambox for you then.
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User Info: turbovirgin

turbovirgin
3 years ago#8
I understand econmies of scale but there PC manufacturers that have been doing this for decades, why haven't any of them released a cheap gaming PC? What's so special about valve thats gonna allow them release better hardware cheaper than other companies?
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User Info: viserdes

viserdes
3 years ago#9
turbovirgin posted...
I understand econmies of scale but there PC manufacturers that have been doing this for decades, why haven't any of them released a cheap gaming PC? What's so special about valve thats gonna allow them release better hardware cheaper than other companies?


Maybe they can charge yearly fee for Steam (like Xbox Live) so they can afford to sell their hardware at lower price.

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User Info: brainfriiz

brainfriiz
3 years ago#10
turbovirgin posted...
I understand econmies of scale but there PC manufacturers that have been doing this for decades, why haven't any of them released a cheap gaming PC? What's so special about valve thats gonna allow them release better hardware cheaper than other companies?


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