Mekon wrote:And really, those people would be better off with next-gen consoles - arguably easier to use, probably cheaper (at least based on guesstimate Xi3 pricing), more brand recognition, etc.
I'm not sure how they are going to convince console users to buy under-specced Winboxen instead of a console which will do exactly the same thing in a more recognisable way.
This is the same thought I've reached, at this stage I don't see what Steambox can offer, that a dedicated console won't do better for an average "I don't care I just want to play games" user. (That said, some of the ideas Gabe/Valve have had in the few interviews and the like kicking around from CES, I'm still keen to see where it goes)
And just thinking out loud, In general, at least in my experience, console games will normally run pretty well on the hardware, but pc games can give two different people dramatically different experiences in playability, depending on the specs of their computers . If all steamboxes are different, then at what base level will "steambox ready" games be made for? Will it be a low enough level that the cheaper steam boxes can keep up? And if they're only made for that lower end, why bother with a high end pc if games are only made for the lowest common denominator? Does it just become another hardware spec that will become outdated and hold back high end development as you can argue 360/ps3 are doing now? Games for those will often only push a pc really hard because of steps taken/not taken in the porting process.
tl;dr Ha no. Read it if you want to read my rambling