Originally Posted by zoenphlux
Well, Sony and Microsoft are coming out with new systems within the next few years. My biggest gripe is the lack of keyboard/mouse options on the ps3 and 360. The controllers i've seen that try to do something of the sort are a joke.
If this console can play newer games with mouse and keyboard i'll give it a try. Steam has killer deals on PC games. Everything is going digital anyway, and they are even wanting to do away with used games. Steam has the PC version of most games way cheaper then consoles.
I'm an avid PC gamer, but being in IT i would like to be able to play my games in front of my tv and not still be sitting at a PC. I know you can just build a HTPC, but the "guaranteed compatible" idea of consoles is much better in the long run because PC's cost much more then a console and you dont need to upgrade after a few years to play a game. Most high end video cards cost more then any current gen. console.
I just hope they are not going to try to do the streaming video game thing.
I think people like you create a large dilemma, if valve is to make just another console there will likely be nothing interesting about this, and just like consoles we can expect game prices will start rising. For those of us engrained in PC gaming who enjoy the low cost games, high quality graphics and incredibly better performance we are all on the edge of our seat, because this could be the best, or worst thing ever to happen to us. And sadly we have no idea which it will be. It could turn valve into another lame console maker constantly making sacrifices and holding back gaming. Or it could allow us to have an optional device that we can tell out less tech savvy friends, hey just go buy the steam box and hook it up like any console.
The most important thing to me is that valve keep games cross platform. IE whatever this device is, I can sit down at my desktop or laptop and play with or against all my friends who own either a PC or the valve box.
After that I hope for alot of other things. Like I hope that valve gets more companies to support controllers and opens up the market for some innovative keyboard / mice setups that work better in the HT environment. LOL who are we kidding all we really need is wireless keyboards that work at decent ranges. I hope that they implement smart phone controller schemes. And I hope that they allow many other companies to get in on this game so we can have some competition.
But all of this is often not what console gamers want. Console gamers want everyone to be forced to use a horrible controller so everyone who they play against is just as bad, they want the hardware and games to stagnate for years so they are not tempted to upgrade.
As for the success of the device, well its hard to imagine that it will be success honestly. Valve has so many things going against it, the first was the poor choice to go after linux now, this means half their library, which would have been a selling feature evaporates. It means that people cannot make a value play on this device, to elaborate, I can justify spending $1000 on a desktop because it has far more value than just being a gaming machine, its a work machine, an htpc, entertainment, information, and best of all it runs MS office and other programs I need for work. If valve goes linux poof alot of that becomes not possible or reasonable and suddenly I am not willing to dump anywhere near that much money into it. This is why high priced consoles never work or sell well, no one can justify $800 for the kids to play COD. Finally valve is not rich enough to dump billions of dollars into this and I doubt they will try a loss leader model where they sell the device at a loss, so that means one of 2 things, they will either have a high priced device, or a low spec device. Either is not a good idea for competing against the consoles unless the next generation really is not coming out till 2014 or later.