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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Not sure how many hardware manufacturers will pick it up though.
    I wonder how much nVidia is going to charge for their GTX 800 Series graphics cards with the game streaming feature early next year? You'll need a very fast card to play eight games at once!

    The Steam Box will also be a server. Any PC can serve multiple monitors, so over time, the next-generation (post-Kepler) you can have one GPU that's serving up eight simultaneous game calls. So you could have one PC and eight televisions and eight controllers and everybody getting great performance out of it. We’re used to having one monitor, or two monitors — now we're saying let's expand that a little bit. (Source)

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Nice idea. The in house streaming is a clever feature.

    Not sure how many hardware manufacturers will pick it up though.
    If that works well, it will be AWESOME! It will give people with lower spec machines who cant afford a Steambox/media PC upgrade a good chance of enjoying all things Steam in the front room!

    Roll on 48 hours for the next announcement!
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    Praise Jeebus!

    This is 100% what I've been after. A OS made by gamers, for gamers. As said I already use big picture as my shell and sit in front of my TV to use it so it just gets better for me really. I know they hired a lot of the WineHQ team a while back and apparently they already have AAA titles supporting it natively.

    Well played Gabe, well played.

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    I think last I checked, there were 300 linux games on Steam. Ok, the vast majority are indie games and not AAA but that can and will change, as Valve will be putting money behind getting third party AAA games on there.

    I look forward to their next announcement!

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    The new football manager 2014 has a linux version

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    Even if it takes a while for the bit AAA titles to appear, if the streaming feature works as well as I imagine it working, then it won't cause too much of a problem.

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    Few rumours are that they might give % cuts if people develop with their new engine or release to SteamOS. Plus developers can now put SteamOS on the back of a box. Looking forward ot the next announcment.

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    So, who's signed up for the beta then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    So, who's signed up for the beta then?
    Almost every single user of Steam I'd say!

    I read through the T's & C's and it does not restrict Beta testers to the US only! Fingers crossed!!!

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    I just need to play a game with a gamepad in big picture mode then I'm in.

    Really hoping I get to beta-test the GabeCube

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    I would have applied for beta if I could load the group... I think that's all I have left to do.

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    I just need more friends :-( (who use steam)

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    I'm still on the fence on this one. I have a preference to console style gaming and dispite the "PC master race" could never convince my self that pluggin a PC in to TV is a good idea. At the moment there are three problems and until Valve convince me they have it sorted, the PS4 looks a better buy in my eyes...

    SteamOS. How does it work? What does it look like? How much has been designed around a game controller rather than a mouse? Sorry, but the announcement (from what I can see) hasn't said anything but - "look, we've made SteamOS".

    Linux without Wine. This is the big one. They need publishers. They need publishers to be talking about developing games. They need publishers to be talking about developing current AAA new release games (Watch_Dogs?). They need publishers to be talking about developing current AAA new release games (Watch_Dogs?) in Linux natively. It's all quiet on the western front.

    The other nigling concern is that it's been tried before, and failed. 3DO tried to get a "common hardware platform for gaming that any manufacturer could produce". It was too expensive. I think SteamOS on it's own is the wrong direction. Valve needed to take control of the hardware and release their own device. I suppose the plus here is that anybody can build their own PC and just put the OS on there - but, unless it's pre-install in the shops I can't see that being appealing to the average consumer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    How much has been designed around a game controller rather than a mouse?
    The controller will most likely be announced on Friday.

    Valve needed to take control of the hardware and release their own device.
    That's what they are going to do.



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