Valve to announce SteamBox next Monday?

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Games media site Kotaku has posted up a press release from the guys at Steam:

As Gabe mentioned a few days ago, we will be talking next week about the steps we're taking to make Steam more accessible on televisions and in the living room. Specifically, we have three announcements to make beginning with the first one on Monday morning.
So 3 announcements to come next Monday (23rd)!

Are you interested in the SteamBox?
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If Big Picture Mode continues to be this much of a resource hog, then no. It eats about 25% CPU when I'm not doing anything with it, even during games.
 

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Interested mainly to see how it will end up dealing with the likes of the video streaming services that insist on gimping their non PC offerings. Granted it will probably be running on linux and that pretty much answers that question right away (unless virtualisation) but I can always hope.
On the other hand I would welcome a target to aim for in PC specs, "needs steambox 1 or better" works for me.
 

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Well they kind of have to unveil what they are planning before the Xbox 1 and PS4 hit the store, now is the time.
Looking forward to it, Steam is just so epic and the more I hear from them, the more I regret not using this service 5 years ago :(
 

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I'm...conflicted. On one hand, if this turns out to be a low-cost solution that plays PC games at high quality with low-cost upgrade-able parts, cool. Good for Valve. I might buy one.

On the other, if it's got a price similar to the XBone/PS4 that can only handle mid-quality games and costs a bitch/the same as PC to upgrade to the latest parts (or doesn't even upgrade at all), fuck it. I'd rather build a gaming PC myself that'll last me a few years than to have something like this.
 

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I'm...conflicted. On one hand, if this turns out to be a low-cost solution that plays PC games at high quality with low-cost upgrade-able parts, cool. Good for Valve. I might buy one.

On the other, if it's got a price similar to the XBone/PS4 that can only handle mid-quality games and costs a bitch/the same as PC to upgrade to the latest parts (or doesn't even upgrade at all), fuck it. I'd rather build a gaming PC myself that'll last me a few years than to have something like this.

You have to search a bit, or did when I last ran the exercise, to do it but parts wise you can build a Xbone/PS4 equivalent for about the same price as the Xbone/PS4. I imagine they realise their audience, being at least marginally tech savvy, would crucify them if they tried to pull a fast one here.

Time to wait and see then.
 

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Do elaborate. Other than my general dislike of Steam and their approach to things that I care about like second hand games I am struggling to think of a reason to be truly pessimistic at this stage.

General dislike of Steam an their approach to things isn't reason enough?
 

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Yeah i'm interested in this, wanna know exactly what this piece of kit can do, the pricing & what other features it may have integrated with Steam.
 

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If it comes with Big Picture, it's a no for me (for a while ;)). If I can do almost the same by plugging my PC to a TV...
I'd be happier if they announced a Steam Controller, to be honest.
 
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