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 126 Meta Skipper, Sun, 29th Sep '13 12:28:54 PM from right behind you.... Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Your argument is invalid
That IS a touch screen in the middle. There's also the two trackpads.
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 127 jeorg, Mon, 30th Sep '13 3:31:45 PM from Somewhere not here
So I haven't really been following, is a steambox basically a pc dedicated entirely to playing games? It'd be nice if it's cheaper than buying and upgrading a normal pc.
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 128 Meta Skipper, Mon, 30th Sep '13 3:57:59 PM from right behind you.... Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Your argument is invalid
It's kinda closer to a console dedicated to PC games, but that's close enough.
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 129 An STH, Mon, 30th Sep '13 4:49:45 PM Relationship Status: Brony
[up][up] You mean like a console?

edited 30th Sep '13 4:50:17 PM by AnSTH

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 130 Recon 5, Mon, 30th Sep '13 6:25:04 PM from Southeast Asia
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I wonder if any claim of 'Steam OS exclusivity' will be considered a marketing faux pas [lol].

Since it looks like it's going to be a Linux distro, just using Steam's Big Picture mode as a GUI, any Steam OS 'exclusive' should work well on most Linuxes. Not to mention that the OS is being made freely available for download, and dual-booting is a pretty well-defined (and fairly painless) process, so the worst-case scenario would be a slight inconvenience for Windows users.

Of course, as a Linux user I wouldn't mind having a few big, exclusive titles, it might bring some more people into the tent (and a bigger user-base would solve a lot of Linux problems, which mostly come down to companies not taking it seriously because of the minuscule number of users).
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 132 Recon 5, Tue, 1st Oct '13 6:00:18 AM from Southeast Asia
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Actually, I was questioning how limiting any attempt at 'exclusivity' could be since there seems to be efforts to ensure that the same games will be playable on both Steam and Steam OS and whether that would prevent using 'good exclusives' as a pushing point for the OS and the hardware.

edited 1st Oct '13 6:00:32 AM by Recon5

 133 Balmung, Tue, 1st Oct '13 8:51:50 AM from Omaha, Nebraska Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
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Maybe Linux could get in on the timed exclusive scene. Make the console guys (and the Microsoft guys) see how it feels from the other side.

Or maybe they won't be such douches. Not that I wouldn't mind getting something before Windows and/or console gamers.
 134 onyhow, Tue, 1st Oct '13 9:11:41 AM from Thaddis Sabbah, still fighting Vaygrs Relationship Status: Singularity
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^ Hard for that to happen, Windows have WAY too large market share in Steam for companies to piss them off...
 135 Balmung, Tue, 1st Oct '13 9:35:33 AM from Omaha, Nebraska Relationship Status: GAR for Archer
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The idea would be to convince the companies to make a release a timed exclusive.
[up][up]What's Windows going to do? Even if they wanted to take any action (which they wouldn't), doing so would run afoul of competition laws.

The risk they would run would be of pissing off Windows gamers, but I don't think that's really a great risk for a timed exclusive.
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 137 Recon 5, Tue, 1st Oct '13 5:15:34 PM from Southeast Asia
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Hard for that to happen, Windows have WAY too large market share in Steam for companies to piss them off...

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 138 Jeorg, Fri, 4th Oct '13 1:37:00 PM from Somewhere not here
I still don't really get it, [1], according to this, they just seem to be glorified pre-built pcs, not really a competitor to consoles but to alienware. I imagine building it youself would also come out cheaper.
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 139 recon 5, Fri, 4th Oct '13 4:11:07 PM from Southeast Asia
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It could be that they're aiming to match or even undercut scratch building while providing the obvious user-friendliness of a prebuild. They have the resources to do that if they want.

 140 Sgt Ricko, Mon, 7th Oct '13 9:15:09 PM from Guam, USA Relationship Status: Hounds of love are hunting
[up]Now that might work. One of the big things that keeps so many people away from PC gaming is the complexity of trying to set yourself up a good gaming rig. So if one of their aims is to "simplify" PC gaming, then it could possibly work.

edited 7th Oct '13 9:15:23 PM by SgtRicko

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 141 onyhow, Fri, 11th Oct '13 7:33:35 PM from Thaddis Sabbah, still fighting Vaygrs Relationship Status: Singularity
 142 Trash Jack, Wed, 11th Dec '13 1:10:42 PM from Right behind you!
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Steam Machine and Steam Controller prototypes coming to 300 beta participants December 13. Winners to be revealed at 2 PM Pacific time (5 PM Eastern time) today. SteamOS to be released to the public on the same day as the Steam Machine beta starts (although Valve recommends waiting until 2014 to try it out unless you are very familiar with Linux). In addition, the 300 beta participants are exclusively chosen from the US.

edited 11th Dec '13 1:11:18 PM by TrashJack

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 143 the Librarian, Wed, 11th Dec '13 6:14:23 PM from his own little world
That all you got?
So I've heard that the Steam Machine is essentially a gaming PC, while the Steam OS is something you can use to stream games from your Steam library onto a TV. Is that right? Or do I have something wrong?
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The Steam OS is that, and more. It's pretty much Linux (a free open-source OS) with a bunch of gaming-oriented features and optimization attached to it.
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 145 the Librarian, Wed, 11th Dec '13 6:44:25 PM from his own little world
That all you got?
Okay. Problem is I play games on a Windows, not a Linux XD
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 146 Meta Skipper, Wed, 11th Dec '13 7:35:31 PM from right behind you.... Relationship Status: Hugging my pillow
Your argument is invalid
That double-boot tech.
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