"Valve will be at CES to meet with hardware and content developers in our booth space. We are bringing multiple custom HW prototypes as well as some off-the-shelf PC’s to our CES meetings, which are low-cost, high performance designs for the living room that are great candidates for Steam and Big Picture. We will be sharing more information to the press and public in the coming months."
Didn't think so. It was a very pricey system to begin with there was no way for steam would have been able to sell them to anyone It would have to be one dumbed down version with none of those parts on the back thus making it a whole other beast with a piston case...
The Verge has a great interview with Gabe covering a lot of this confusion. I don't Valve is will offer a multitude of devices through several hardware partners with Xi3 likely being one of them. It's important to remember that while the steam box is like a console its not going to be locked down like one, and you could see many PCs promoted as "compatible with steam box" or whatever they end up calling this service.
Its juts another device capable of running steam... it will likely jut come preloaded.
That seems like a logical implementation too. Sort of like what Boxee did when they first started out. These are basically just dedicated PC appliances packaged in application optimized form factors but the software should run on anything pretty much.
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Xi3's blowing smoke.
This box uses an AMD cpu with integrated graphics. Combine that with ATI's cattle-ist Linux drivers and you get a relatively bad experience. nVidia's recently been working with Valve and making great performance improvements to their drivers, whereas AMD's newer drivers have actually gone backwards a few FPS in the last year.
The prototype Coomer posted to his twitter was an intel/nVidia box, which makes a hell of a lot more sense for Steam on Linux.
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