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Re: Can PS4 and Xbox One compete with SteamOS and the like?

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@CaptainAlbator Are you joking? The 780 ti can run every game on max settings. I'm no pc fan boy but this card graphics are above ps4 and will always be no matter if it's 5 years from now or not.
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Re: Can PS4 and Xbox One compete with SteamOS and the like?

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I agree that Steam boxes are targeting the living room for PC gamers but I think many of those consumers have already started migrating to the living room. Gaming notebooks allow for this and I know of many PC gamers that have their desktops hooked up to their HDTVs. They are essentially turning their gaming PCs into console-like systems.

There used to be a solid line between PC gaming and living rooms but that changed once PCs started adopting HDMI output. Before, they were limited to VGA or DVI and not very many HDTVs supported those. Even if they supported VGA, many 1080p sets accept a lower resolution input using that connection despite there being no resolution limitations with the actual connection format.

I have no doubt that Steam boxes will be successful for PC gamers especially if Valve can deliver a solid streaming service. That means that the hardware doesn't have to be upgraded every two years just to enjoy the latest and greatest graphics. It still puts them at a premium initial price but, if Valve delivers, I think they will be successful amongst PC gamers.

Console gamers will still prefer their consoles though as they have an initial lower investment, have established online communities (i.e. Xbox Live Gold and PS+), and offer many AAA exclusives. PC's (and eventually Steam) have their exclusives too but console exclusives tend to get all of the attention and be heavily developed.

I just don't see Steam boxes breaking out of the PC crowd. Even if I had the money to buy a $2000 gaming PC, I would still want at least one modern console to enjoy those exclusive games. Valve still has to prove their longevity at this point as a platform. I'm not talking about their PC software but rather their universe hasn't been around for that long (a day at this point). The PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo brands (and universes) have established themselves and proven their longevity.
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Re: Can PS4 and Xbox One compete with SteamOS and the like?

Dec 14, 2013
I agree which is why I have a Ps4 and the computer of my dreams. Best of both worlds! I worked hard for it.

On the steam box topic I believe that steam is competing more against windows than consoles as stated before since most gamers already play in the living room due to hdmi support now.
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I don't know how well it will do.

 

But doesn't this kind of thing benefit those people who don't have a good enough PC knowledge to play newer games so they get games that are completely optimized for this steamos thing?

 

I mean.. there are people who can't really navigate a PC so well, so down the line they'll end up with a PC OS that plays games exclusively.

 

Apart from that I'm unsure of the market they are aiming at.



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If I want to play computer games I'll build a nice PC. I don't care for the idea behind the Steam Box and I really don't like the look of the controller. I have never been a fan of virtual joysticks, like the ones used on tablets for gaming, and the steam controller inputs are basically virtual joysticks. I really have zero interest in that system. Valve is trying to walk a very fine line between console and PC gaming and I have a feeling they're going to fall off that line pretty quickly.

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Re: Can PS4 and Xbox One compete with SteamOS and the like?

Dec 15, 2013
Why get a game-only OS when you already have an OS that can do that, and more?

Seems like a downgrade for me.
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Don't you mean to ask "Can SteamOS and the like compete with PS4 and Xbox One"? And yes, they can. Sony & Microsoft both have skin in the game so it won't be an overnight victory. For at least 10 years it won't be.

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