[Rumor] Valve working on 'Steam Box' gaming console with hardw

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    I'd like to see this "uncovered information."

    Edit: derp, it's in the source. Shoulda pasted the whole thing, bro.
     
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    They can't make a game for 6 years but they can make a console?
     
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    Alright Verge, pull your head out of your ass and realize what you're saying here.

    1. Who the hell would build an a'la console setup with an x64 CPU, an i7 at that, and for what purpose? They're bloody expensive and less effective then, say, a Cell processor when it comes to "purely gaming".
    2. Who would put *8* Gb RAM in it? Seriously. Have you no knowledge about the market? The standard on consoles was less then 1Gb for last gen, next gen it's probably goint to be 1Gb or a tad more, 8 is *way* over the top.
    3. Can you count? This will cost a gajibinormost ammount of money in comparison to its competition.

    The i7 processor alone is $200, add an *interchangable* GPU, 8Gb RAM, a mainboard that will stand the test of time and you already end up with $500 worth of hardware that nobody will ever buy because you could just as well buy a PC.

    No, I will go one step further. *This is a PC setup, actually*.

    Either Verge is talking right out of their asses or someone in Valve is criminally insane as this has no chances to work whatsoever.

    ...if there is in fact a grain of truth in this then I bid Valve good luck at building this Neo Geo 2, they'll need it.
     
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    I recall the PS3 launching about the $500 range.

    I agree though, I doubt the hardware specs they're claiming are accurate. I don't think any console worth its salt would have an x64 or x86 processor in it.
     
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    I didn't mean to say that the final price would be $500, I haven't even added the costs of the hard drive and all the other perhaptials, the case etc. - it would be more expensive then that.

    That said, the x64 architecture was likely "chosen" by the editor to validate the fact that this rig is supposed to launch PC games, thus has to be essentially a Windows PC... and here you have to add the Windows 7/8 license fee, the system isn't free.
     
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    >I recall the PS3 launching about the $500 range.
    [​IMG]
    It hasn't been that long has it?

    Five hundred and ninty-nine U. S. dollah? No?
     
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    This doesn't seem right at all. "Standard PC titles" require Microsoft Windows. Why would Microsoft even allow that if it poses a threat to them?
     
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    I went and read the article.

    i7, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GPU... Congratulations Gaben. You've created a desktop PC with HDMI out and an included USB controller.

    I love Valve, but they were doing fine already. I don't think this is necessary.
     
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    True, but with much less RAM and, I'm guessing here, much weaker GPU then Valve's baby would need to have to launch modern PC games seemlessly. I see your point, but you know what I'm getting at - if this is true, we're looking at a circa $1000 expense over here, and need I remind you that gamers who enjoy Valve games *likely* already have PC's that are more then enough specs wise to play Valve games... or am I missing something?

    They don't have a say - Valve just buys an OS license and that's it. In fact, it's Free Monnies for Microsoft right there.
     
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    i find the idea pretty cool actually,
    a hybrid between a pc and a console, so if new powerhouses appear in the market like ps4 or xbox720 or something then they can just ,well change their own specs as if a pc
    . so basically they never will be left behind and their console would have an almost unlimited life cycle. :yay:

    dont know about the pricing though
     
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    Adding even more to the cost of the device.
     
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    Buy a mini/micro mainboard, a mini/micro case, beef this baby up with a good CPU and a dual-gpu GFX card, add some RAM, done. I don't need Valve to build my PC.
     
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    but if they manage to somehow convince their customers that if they pay something like a 1000bucks they wont have to buy any console for the rest of their lives because they could just keep upgrading their steambox?i mean like a parent buys his teen child this thing and it will last him until he has his own children? getting my point?
    and we arent even sure about the costs yet
     
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    It's physically impossible to build a console that will last a lifetime because eventually the CPU standard will be deprecated and you will be forced to change mainboards, and you can't do that in a console as the NAND/NOR stores your console's identity. Not a chance.

    If this is true then it is simply a "mini PC" made by Valve, that's it.
     
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    Read this very carefully:
    As described in this article, the device is no more than a desktop PC. Upgradability is not a selling point for a desktop PC connected to a television because standard desktop PCs can already be upgraded. This idea is pointless.
     
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    You know what would be rich? If:

    1. Valve actually did this.
    2. They'd create some sort of a revolutionary controller for it and patent the shit out of its tech.
    3. Make it only work with their system.

    Even better!

    4. Valve starts releasing extra content for their machine unavailable on the PC or other platforms to get the sales running.

    People would literally freak out - they're not stupid, they can see it's a Frankenstein PC.
     
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    Hell, if they go with Windows 8, maybe they should make it based on the ARM architecture. Though that would lead to major difficulties with current games. I'd find it more believable, to say the least.
     
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    >Arm
    >On a console
    Is there something I'm missing here?
     

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