It's probably confusing to consumers to call this a "Steambox". The Xi3 press release does not use the term Steam Box, and Gabe has already clarified that this is just a partner product and Valve would be releasing "The Steam Box" themselves (or via another partner).
I would not recommend that anyone buy this; wait for Valve to unveil the *official* Steam Box. The reason is simple: Xi3 created this separately, with concentration on form factor and no regard to purpose - so it is not the optimum platform for gaming, or even running Linux.
The "buy now" page at Xi3 is woefully short of detailed specs. But, one would assume it's running Linux. However, it's not going to be running it optimally, as the Linux Radeon performance is lacking when compared to similarly priced Nvidia hardware. You could build a much better platform for Linux Steam with less money right now, configure it to boot directly into big picture mode (don't have it load a desktop, just start an X session that's running Steam), and get a much better experience.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
Price point is going to be a concern at this point. Not without full specs.
WOW thats rather expensive for what you get.... I;ll pass.
Probley going to be an intel pos embedded. If it was amd the price point is way over. I just built a monster amd setup with7950s and is at that price point I seriously dought this is any good
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