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From the stories I get, if I could take a poll on the reasons freshmen and sophomores fail out of engineering classes, heavy gaming on Steam etc is probably 100% correlated.
If they are able to pull of their concept of commoditizing the platform, it could be a game changer for Valve.
Both the PS3 and the Xbox both are closed platforms, supplied by a single vendor and are very limited in their hardware upgrades. If dozens of manufacturers are all cutting each others throats to produce the same basic hardware, hardware that is easily upgraded, they may be able to pull this off.
When the price point starts dropping below 300 bucks it will make moms and dads everywhere start looking at this rather than an Xbox or PS3. Especially since the games the kids are already playing on PC port directly over to it.
Thanks to Windows 8, it is now time to move PC gaming to something like this Steam Box. I buy my games on Steam now anyway and gaming is the only thing I use a PC for (at home) since I got an iPad.
I have the Linux Steam Beta... but only 1 choice for Free to Play so far, and I’m not interested in “Portal 2” ... :p
I am hoping that this does ‘pick up steam’, pun intended ;)
(BTW, I have been able to get World of Warcraft to work almost flawlessly.. the only setback is the water.. have to set it on fair or lower to be able to see it (lack of Shader 3 tech)). After ‘fixing’ the wow.exe, it is fully utilizing all 6 cores (AMD) and 16 gig of ram, plus my 2 gig of vid ram)... getting a nice FPS of 100 ;)
I love my steam, I am a game dork so it is awesome.