• brickman409 - January 17, 2014 8:11 p.m.

    The iBuyPower and CyberPowerPC are the only good options here, the rest are just overpriced pre-built PCs. I've heard people complaining about there being too many steamboxes, and I don't think it will be a problem for very long. Other than the two I mentioned earlier, most of these won't be around for long after release. The good thing is that these are all being made by different companies so if many of them fail, the steambox brand can still be successful with only one or two selling well.
  • HalfBlackCanadian - January 17, 2014 3:12 a.m.

    This whole ordeal will be interesting... On one hand, as primarily a console gamer, I don't see the appeal. One, this is based on Valve convincing basically everyone to move to Linux friendly development. Two, like many have said and existing PC can do this now. Three, many indies are moving to consoles but I don't see as many console exclusives going the other way (none that I am crazy excited about, outside of Titanfall currently) That said, if I was going to buy into Steam Machines at all it would be a ludicrous $6k model, obviously requiring a 4K TV to make it useful. Side question - is the SteamOS planning on having other types of apps? For instance, would this be an option for Netflix and the like if I was running a purely Linux/SteamOS version?
  • Subgenre - January 17, 2014 12:50 a.m.

    Valve is clearly trying to blur the lines between PC and console. Given how PC gamers and console gamers tend to spit venomous comments at each other on a daily basis, one has to wonder why they thought this was a good idea.
  • masterjoe123 - January 16, 2014 2:49 p.m.

    Another idea is to hook up your existing PC to your existing TV with an HDMI cable.
  • scott-cornish - January 16, 2014 2:11 p.m.

    I have a steam box. Its a hdmi cord going from my pc to the tv. It also works as normal computer would
  • RedHarlow - January 16, 2014 2:06 p.m.

    I can't wait until people start buying these thinking they're getting a gaming PC, only to find they can only play a very limited selection of games that run on Linux and are shit out of luck if they don't already have a good PC to stream off of.
  • SnakeinmyBoot - January 16, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    I think some of them come with the option to dual boot into Window. That just means the thing is gonna cost $130 to $200, and if they used an OEM install disk, the user can't change too much hardware (think motherboards) without Windows going "This copy of Windows may not be genuine, please contact Microsoft." If Valve can't get enough PC developers over to Linux, then these really are gonna be useless for the users they are aimed at unless they know how to install a retail copy of Windows on it.
  • SnakeinmyBoot - January 16, 2014 6:10 p.m.

    I meant to say it would cost $130 to $200 extra with Windows installed. We really do need an edit button.
  • GOD - January 16, 2014 1:51 p.m.

    As a console gamer, the only one I was really interested in was the Gigabyte "Brix Pro" but who knows what the pricing will be. All the other ones seemed to be excessively priced and containing excessively powerful components that the majority of games won't be able to utilize for years, considering PC gaming seems to be largely constrained by the potential on consoles. It seems to me that the most marketable one would be one with a slightly higher specs than a PS4 with a terabyte harddrive. Anything else seems like it would just cost more to create more heat.

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