All seems like bull to me.
I dunno, i know nothing about tech.
Some people in the thread said that the console would be a beast with those parts, but expensive, between $400- $500. But because of Xbox Live subscriptions MS can afford to push the price up as subscriptions would help claw back the costs in the long run.
Seems logical i suppose.
They will likely sell it under cost, that I do believe. But I feel like those specs are a little too high to be believed right now. Sony better not repeat the same mistake it did last time with the PS3's late and expensive launch or Microsoft will dominate the early war again
Valve better price these Steamboxes extremely appealingly if they want any attention from the average consumer.
It's competing with Xbox 8 and Playstation 4, neither of which will have many titles at launch. Currently, Linux Steam has 40 Games, and Valve is working on making it easy to port games from Windows to Linux using the Steam platform (I have no idea how that works technically, just using their words). A console that runs Linux will be enough for publishers to consider porting games old games to Linux, and to create new games with Linux in mind, thus solving the problem you stated and bridging the current gap between Windows and Linux in terms of games.
This move could potentially change the future landscape of operating systems - with Microsoft's recent performance, we may very well see them disappear from the OS market in the future.
They are going to have to do a lot to ensure that developers in the PC realm target Linux in that case. I suppose that will happen IF and only if the Steambox actually gains any steam, no pun intended.
I suppose the target audience here isn't PC gamers as we'll likely continue to use Windows Steam and have no intention of moving to budget hardware. But I see what you're getting at.
As far as Microsoft disappearing from the OS market, that I do doubt. Actually, Windows 8 is already doing rather well. Even among gamers, as I've seen in Steam user OS reports (ie. http://bgr.com/2012/12/03...-8-steam-usage-survey/
I'm also running Windows 8 and I like everything about it except the fact that it bothers to have an app store. What a useless thing. I see the relevance for tablet hardware, but at the same time I see where Newell and the like are coming from. Still, it's a great OS with lots of improvements visually and security-wise
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