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27. Re: More on Steam Hardware Jan 9, 2013, 14:09 Beamer
Verno wrote on Jan 9, 2013, 13:52:
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 9, 2013, 13:33:
Multiple skus, Linux os, somehow I just don't see the console crowd running out and embracing what's essentially a porting of steam over to a mini PC. I get what they want to do out of this, I just don't see the overall point of it.

*bangs head against wall*

They are not selling a console, it's a PC. Valve will eventually release their own brand of pre-built gaming HTPCs, essentially. It will come with Linux because they hate Windows now, but like any PC it will be open for you to do whatever you want with it. It's a not a console vs console situation where the audience and metrics are largely the same.

People saying that they can't charge too much because it wont be able to compete with consoles, or that they have to keep it closed because they don't want to scare away developers, are looking at this from the completely wrong direction. They're building and selling a PC. This isn't intended for RollingThundr to run out and replace his gaming desktop. It's for the people who might not otherwise do it or need multiple PCs in a household. A lot of people will not build a custom PC and prebuilt desktop PCs don't bridge the same gaps a product like this will.

Yup. There's undeniably a market out there. There are people that are curious about PC games but don't want to have a gaming desktop.

Will this beat the Xbox? No, but Valve isn't looking to do that yet.
Will this replace desktop gaming? No, but Valve isn't looking to do that.
Will this sell 70 million units? No, but Valve isn't looking to do that yet.

All Valve wants is to have something that caters to people that are interested in PC gaming but don't have an interest in a gaming desktop. Some of them will be swayed by a box they can hook up to their TV that allows them to play a whole bunch of new and cheap games as well as stream movies and music. If it sells 100,000 it's a runaway success as it now has people doing TV gaming easily on Steam, and it's advanced the PC into an area that's currently console-exclusive for all but the most hardcore users.
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