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2013-09-20 05:59:31 PM
There was girl back in college we called Steambox.

/giggity
 
2013-09-20 06:26:58 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: There was girl back in college we called Steambox.

/giggity


No, really.

meh.  PC's rule.
 
2013-09-20 06:42:50 PM
Really interested how this will work. Will it be a low cost box to connect to your tv and stream your gaming PC to ala Vita TV? Or will it be a midrange linux box to play games on and Valve will work to make linux actually a viable gaming OS?
 
2013-09-20 06:47:11 PM
A third-party accessory that allows your console to play your Steam games.
 
2013-09-20 06:50:48 PM
Meh.  It's a middle ground that I'm not sure is really necessary
 
2013-09-20 06:53:05 PM

netweavr: A third-party accessory that allows your console to play your Steam games.


In that case it's smart.  But really, how many console gamer scum actually also have a decent Steam Library? So, yea, I contradict myself.  I am of The Glorious PC Gaming Master Race. I can do that.
 
2013-09-20 06:54:15 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: PC Gaming Master Race


You play hardcore titles such as League of Legends, DotA 2, Minecraft, Team Fortress 2, and StarCraft II, amirite?
 
2013-09-20 06:57:20 PM

Mike_LowELL: Lt. Cheese Weasel: PC Gaming Master Race

You play hardcore titles such as League of Legends, DotA 2, Minecraft, Team Fortress 2, and StarCraft II, amirite?


Umm, not one of the aforementioned is in my library.
 
2013-09-20 06:57:51 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: netweavr: A third-party accessory that allows your console to play your Steam games.

In that case it's smart.  But really, how many console gamer scum actually also have a decent Steam Library? So, yea, I contradict myself.  I am of The Glorious PC Gaming Master Race. I can do that.


It would be awesome if that's the case.

More likely it's:
 * Source 2
 * SDK for Linux
 * Steam running on a Linux Media Box (think Roku).
 
2013-09-20 06:58:48 PM
 
2013-09-20 07:01:36 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Umm, not one of the aforementioned is in my library.


Good.
 
2013-09-20 07:02:21 PM
I will buy one of these boxes only if it allows me to blast whomever holds controller two with searing hot steam.
 
2013-09-20 07:02:51 PM

netweavr: Lt. Cheese Weasel: netweavr: A third-party accessory that allows your console to play your Steam games.

In that case it's smart.  But really, how many console gamer scum actually also have a decent Steam Library? So, yea, I contradict myself.  I am of The Glorious PC Gaming Master Race. I can do that.

It would be awesome if that's the case.

More likely it's:
 * Source 2
 * SDK for Linux
 * Steam running on a Linux Media Box (think Roku).


Knowing Steam, they will hold all the cards. Option 3.  More prisoners taken from console lemmings pool.
 
2013-09-20 07:04:20 PM
2 bucks says Half Life 3 is a launch title.
 
2013-09-20 07:04:23 PM

netweavr: A third-party accessory that allows your console to play your Steam games.


If such an animal ever existed, I would be all over it like white on rice. That would immediately add 300+ games to my console. But I think this would be a pipe dream.
 
2013-09-20 07:05:54 PM

AntonChigger: 2 bucks says Half Life 3 is a launch title.


The butthurt would be epic.
 
2013-09-20 07:06:14 PM

netweavr: A third-party accessory that allows your console to play your Steam games.


There is no farking way.  To engineer something like that, you'd need some explicit cooperation from MS and SCEA and there is no way either of them would let that fly without a major cut of the profits.  The most likely scenario I see is that they release some standards a Steam Box would have to adhere to and announce some partnerships with companies that have products ready to ship.
 
2013-09-20 07:06:40 PM

Cpl.D: I will buy one of these boxes only if it allows me to blast whomever holds controller two with searing hot steam.


Strangely erotic...nevermind.  I'm still working on a TCPIP stack that will send 50,000 volts over the wire to your desired target.  It will make me mega rich.
 
2013-09-20 07:07:41 PM

AntonChigger: 2 bucks says Half Life 3 is a launch title.


But not before the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race  gets it. See?
 
2013-09-20 07:08:54 PM
Looking at the ARG I'm going to tweak the predictions:
 * Steam for Linux (released)
 * Steam for Linux on a Media Box
 * Steam for Linux on a Media Box that supports local Multiplayer.
 
2013-09-20 07:09:01 PM
All this gaming talk reminds, I have two F1 races tonight...I gotta go.
 
2013-09-20 07:09:30 PM

IrateShadow: netweavr: A third-party accessory that allows your console to play your Steam games.

There is no farking way.  To engineer something like that, you'd need some explicit cooperation from MS and SCEA and there is no way either of them would let that fly without a major cut of the profits.  The most likely scenario I see is that they release some standards a Steam Box would have to adhere to and announce some partnerships with companies that have products ready to ship.


A man can dream can't he?
 
2013-09-20 07:13:07 PM
recently i bought an Alienware x51 to replace my xbox360(was not using it) in my living room. I must admit that i like to play more casual game like x-com on it. Steam big picture is amazing. I only needs to find a way to enable surround sound on my home theater setup to have a cool setup (The HDMI output seems to be stereo when playing game).
 
2013-09-20 07:15:07 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: netweavr: A third-party accessory that allows your console to play your Steam games.

In that case it's smart.  But really, how many console gamer scum actually also have a decent Steam Library? So, yea, I contradict myself.  I am of The Glorious PC Gaming Master Race. I can do that.


I'm 46, own a Xbox 360 with a One on preorder and have been PC gaming online since 1974 with Empire on the PLATO network (not really a PC, more a dumb terminal.)  I have been console gaming since 1975 with the Sears Tele-Game Pong console.  My Steam library has 98 games. My Xbox gamerscore is over 15K.

What were you saying again?
 
2013-09-20 07:17:51 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: AntonChigger: 2 bucks says Half Life 3 is a launch title.

But not before the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race  gets it. See?


Not if there's a chance that Valve can milk you for every penny.
 
2013-09-20 07:22:14 PM
Can we please get a moratorium on articles about this until there's something worth reporting?
 
2013-09-20 07:22:47 PM

PortWineBoy: Lt. Cheese Weasel: netweavr: A third-party accessory that allows your console to play your Steam games.

In that case it's smart.  But really, how many console gamer scum actually also have a decent Steam Library? So, yea, I contradict myself.  I am of The Glorious PC Gaming Master Race. I can do that.

I'm 46, own a Xbox 360 with a One on preorder and have been PC gaming online since 1974 with Empire on the PLATO network (not really a PC, more a dumb terminal.)  I have been console gaming since 1975 with the Sears Tele-Game Pong console.  My Steam library has 98 games. My Xbox gamerscore is over 15K.

What were you saying again?


Xbox One? ewwww
 
2013-09-20 07:24:02 PM

PortWineBoy: Lt. Cheese Weasel: netweavr: A third-party accessory that allows your console to play your Steam games.

In that case it's smart.  But really, how many console gamer scum actually also have a decent Steam Library? So, yea, I contradict myself.  I am of The Glorious PC Gaming Master Race. I can do that.

I'm 46, own a Xbox 360 with a One on preorder and have been PC gaming online since 1974 with Empire on the PLATO network (not really a PC, more a dumb terminal.)  I have been console gaming since 1975 with the Sears Tele-Game Pong console.  My Steam library has 98 games. My Xbox gamerscore is over 15K.

What were you saying again?


Great, now I miss Trade Wars
 
2013-09-20 07:26:06 PM

PortWineBoy: What were you saying again?


Video games have pretty much been going downhill since pedit5.  That's what.
 
2013-09-20 07:31:30 PM

Carth: Really interested how this will work. Will it be a low cost box to connect to your tv and stream your gaming PC to ala Vita TV? Or will it be a midrange linux box to play games on and Valve will work to make linux actually a viable gaming OS?


The reps quote really makes it seem like it will be the former, but I would bet they have at least plans to go with the latter as well eventually. Steam as a distrubution platform is just sitting there, waiting for a standardized box they can sell for ~$300 and drop into another million homes or whatever....they'd be fools not to.

Also, I love that Valve is just openly trolling us now:

Specifically, we have three announcements to make beginning with the first one on Monday morning.
 
2013-09-20 07:34:21 PM
Ohyeah. (ouya)
 
2013-09-20 07:37:08 PM

jayhawk88: Also, I love that Valve is just openly trolling us now:

Specifically, we have three announcements to make beginning with the first one on Monday morning.


It's like fishing with dynamite at this point.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Steam/comments/1msy9q/its_happened/
 
2013-09-20 07:45:02 PM

Carth: Really interested how this will work. Will it be a low cost box to connect to your tv and stream your gaming PC to ala Vita TV? Or will it be a midrange linux box to play games on and Valve will work to make linux actually a viable gaming OS?


I'm leaning towards the latter, but the former could be fun as well.  A hundred dollar box that would run all of my Steam games on my TV?  Throw in some XBMC and I'd consider it a good deal.

However, I think it's more likely to be a partnership deal of some sort to produce Steam-branded PC's with a media-center form factor and a certain baseline of specs.  I know that Steam is really pushing Linux compatibility, but are enough of the AAA games supporting it to make it viable just yet?  I don't currently have a Linux box set up and don't know what the support is like at the moment.
 
2013-09-20 07:54:18 PM
hooray.  i've been on the fence about ps4, cause its only awesome feature is that its not the xbone.
 
2013-09-20 07:58:09 PM
My computer is hooked into my TV, so I'm braving the new frontier already.
 
2013-09-20 08:00:47 PM
1. Steam Box, a modular PC designed for Big Picture.
2. Steam satellite, a cheap and extremely basic PC which merely communicates with your gaming PC in another room. It broadcasts the AV to your home theater setup, and any input devices to your gaming PC.
3. Valve can count to three. (HL3 & L4D3 as launch titles)

/and HL3 & L4D3 enjoy an early release on Steam for Linux (Steam Box included)
//I hope
 
2013-09-20 08:01:54 PM

Carth: Will it be a low cost box to connect to your tv and stream your gaming PC to ala Vita TV?


Dude, my last two game-grade laptops have had HDMI outputs. I could get a $40 cable in the 20 foot range at Fry's and connect to my TV.
 
2013-09-20 08:04:23 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Knowing Steam, they will hold all the cards. Option 3.  More prisoners taken from console lemmings pool.


But sometimes they drop their cards. Not all of them mind you, but some of them. Then you have to trade them with others to...
 
2013-09-20 08:05:51 PM

wildcardjack: Carth: Will it be a low cost box to connect to your tv and stream your gaming PC to ala Vita TV?

Dude, my last two game-grade laptops have had HDMI outputs. I could get a $40 cable in the 20 foot range at Fry's and connect to my TV.


A 20' HDMI cable shouldn't cost you more than $7-15.
 
2013-09-20 08:10:18 PM
I wish Valve would expand on Steam Big Picture.. It needs a Media Player..  I love XBMC, and I love Steam Big Picture but there is no way to really combine them.. There is a XBMC addon that attempts it but it sucks and doesn't work with non-steam games anyway..
 
2013-09-20 08:15:15 PM

ZoeNekros: 1. Steam Box, a modular PC designed for Big Picture.
2. Steam satellite, a cheap and extremely basic PC which merely communicates with your gaming PC in another room. It broadcasts the AV to your home theater setup, and any input devices to your gaming PC.
3. Valve can count to three. (HL3 & L4D3 as launch titles)

/and HL3 & L4D3 enjoy an early release on Steam for Linux (Steam Box included)
//I hope


#2 sounds nice, but you'd probably get asstastic amounts of input lag.
 
2013-09-20 08:21:59 PM

ProfessorOhki: wildcardjack: Carth: Will it be a low cost box to connect to your tv and stream your gaming PC to ala Vita TV?

Dude, my last two game-grade laptops have had HDMI outputs. I could get a $40 cable in the 20 foot range at Fry's and connect to my TV.

A 20' HDMI cable shouldn't cost you more than $7-15.


Not on Monoprice, but retail it doubles for the no-name, dectuples for Monster.
 
2013-09-20 08:24:46 PM
It just occurred to me that there was just a large mystery update, and so there will probably be a minor update on Monday which just unlocks the stuff we already downloaded. It's probably just a lot of new features for BPM, including better controller support, and maybe even split screen support. If so, the first announcement will just be purely about Steam -- describing the new features.

If that's right, then I'd say the second announcement is the steam box (based on the icon, [o ])

The third announcement could be either HL3+L4D3, or maybe something like the Steam Satellite idea. (the icon is o+o)
 
2013-09-20 08:26:07 PM

styckx: I wish Valve would expand on Steam Big Picture.. It needs a Media Player..  I love XBMC, and I love Steam Big Picture but there is no way to really combine them.. There is a XBMC addon that attempts it but it sucks and doesn't work with non-steam games anyway..


I think it should work if you launch Steam from XBMC. You should be able to have XBMC close when Steam launches and reopen when Steam closes. I haven't tried setting it up, but I think it should be doable.
 
2013-09-20 08:30:46 PM
Ricochet 2 announcement.
 
2013-09-20 08:32:11 PM

wildcardjack: Carth: Will it be a low cost box to connect to your tv and stream your gaming PC to ala Vita TV?

Dude, my last two game-grade laptops have had HDMI outputs. I could get a $40 cable in the 20 foot range at Fry's and connect to my TV.


Yea, but my computer is upstairs in the office and it would be nice to be able to play Steam games on my tv. A $100 box that lets me stream it ala vita TV would be worth it.
 
2013-09-20 08:33:07 PM

NeoCortex42: styckx: I wish Valve would expand on Steam Big Picture.. It needs a Media Player..  I love XBMC, and I love Steam Big Picture but there is no way to really combine them.. There is a XBMC addon that attempts it but it sucks and doesn't work with non-steam games anyway..

I think it should work if you launch Steam from XBMC. You should be able to have XBMC close when Steam launches and reopen when Steam closes. I haven't tried setting it up, but I think it should be doable.


I'm so giddy thinking about the possibilities. The mystery update might include something some more HTPC stuff. Maybe a media player and Netflix/Hulu/Prime integration.
 
2013-09-20 08:33:44 PM

NeoCortex42: styckx: I wish Valve would expand on Steam Big Picture.. It needs a Media Player..  I love XBMC, and I love Steam Big Picture but there is no way to really combine them.. There is a XBMC addon that attempts it but it sucks and doesn't work with non-steam games anyway..

I think it should work if you launch Steam from XBMC. You should be able to have XBMC close when Steam launches and reopen when Steam closes. I haven't tried setting it up, but I think it should be doable.


Genius.. Yep.. Launched XBMC.. Held down the Home button on my Xbox controller to launch Steam BP... Exited Steam BP and right back to XMBC

Sometimes It takes someone to point out the obvious... You sir did just that... Thank you. lol
 
2013-09-20 08:34:40 PM

jayhawk88: The reps quote really makes it seem like it will be the former, but I would bet they have at least plans to go with the latter as well eventually. Steam as a distrubution platform is just sitting there, waiting for a standardized box they can sell for ~$300 and drop into another million homes or whatever....they'd be fools not to.


That is the problem I have with a steam box idea. Any computer they sell for $400 will likely be less powerful than a PS4 (unless they're also selling it at a loss). The sweet spot for gaming PCs is around $600-900 dollars which is more than most console gamers want to spend on a box.
 
2013-09-20 08:35:06 PM

styckx: NeoCortex42: styckx: I wish Valve would expand on Steam Big Picture.. It needs a Media Player..  I love XBMC, and I love Steam Big Picture but there is no way to really combine them.. There is a XBMC addon that attempts it but it sucks and doesn't work with non-steam games anyway..

I think it should work if you launch Steam from XBMC. You should be able to have XBMC close when Steam launches and reopen when Steam closes. I haven't tried setting it up, but I think it should be doable.

Genius.. Yep.. Launched XBMC.. Held down the Home button on my Xbox controller to launch Steam BP... Exited Steam BP and right back to XMBC

Sometimes It takes someone to point out the obvious... You sir did just that... Thank you. lol


Scratch that.. When exiting Steam BP.. XBMC loses focus and the Xbox Controller no longer works.. You have to go over to the PC and click on XBMC to regain focus..
 
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