Random thoughts and rants...
I'm already afraid...
Published on March 3, 2012 By Neilo In PC Gaming

Like i didn't care for client based gamin already, read this article today that made me shiver.

Rumour: Valve Possibly Making Steam Orientated Console

I'm sure (provided it's done right) this will be a success, but will it be the beginning of the end for buy at retail games? It's not like that's not already on the decline.

Wonder how the big three will counter, particularly XBL.


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on Mar 03, 2012

Next, Google Box, with lots of advertisement in it (hey, Google Box will be free*!!! Just need an account and give all your personal information away for free while they track all your activities so they can personalize the advertisement while making huge profits of it).

What changed that before Big Brother** was bad but these days the Big BrotherS are good?

 

* with many free games too!!!

** not that TV show thingy

on Mar 03, 2012

Turns out most people don't care about privacy. See Facebook.

on Mar 03, 2012

Until it bites them, or they get stalked.

on Mar 03, 2012

Despite my issues with Steam, it has done a lot to revitalize and expand PC gaming. Next gen consoles are going to have DRM licenses anyway, so their used games market is going to shrivel up and die. Why do you think all of the game rental companies and used game sellers are trying to expand their distribution circles into other markets? Digital is the future, and while old dinosaurs like me want physical discs and no DRM, I'm just part of the loud minority that doesn't impulse buy games then toss them aside after a month.

If Steam can make a console-esque, partially upgradable PC that is just plug and play, then they'll shoot Microsoft and Sony in the foot as they slowly waddle to the bank carrying the world's supply of gold.

If you have ever given any company your information, ever filled out information for any sort for a company, taken out a loan, paid bills, gone to college, ever had a job, ever payed taxes, and think you have anything even slighyly resembling privacy, you're sadly mistaken. It is shocking and sad how much you can find out about someone, and that goes for everyone who is online paying to read this.  8)

 

Back on topic though, this will do a few important things in my eyes.

 

1) Set a basic standard for PC development. We have, for so long, been a victim of low powered console ports that don't deliver for decent PC specs. A plug and play gaming PC is what consoles should have been two generations ago. With easily upgradable RAM, GPU's, and HDD's, you're essentially printing your own money.

2) Create an easier way for people to play PC games, tapping into the console market, and give us larger buying power.

3) #2 will mean that with more buyers, developers will start making PC centric titles, and we'll suffer less "console-itis" UI designs and game features.

4) Gabe has a clear stance in Piracy, which is to give the customer a better product and experience than the Pirates can. Are Steam only games easy to pirate? Absolutely. Do many people wait until Steam's famous sales to buy games? Of course. Do a ridiculous amount of people buy games that they otherwise wouldn't because they're easily accessible and inexpensive? Absolut... I could go on, but the dead horse getting tired and by stick is giving out.

 

 - I could go on, but this sounds like I'm a steam-fanatic when in reality I am only slowly, and unhappily assimilating into the inevitable future path of gaming. Despite my complaints, as long as Gabe is running the show, I think this has the potential to put PC (and the long time coming hybrid PC/Console) gaming into a much better future.

 

 If this turns out to be true, and it's not just an overblown, out of context rumor, then it will at least up the ante for console developers to deliver better products.

 

 

on Mar 03, 2012
on Mar 03, 2012

Well, where there is smoke...

It will interesting to see how they price this. They will have to be competitive with XBOX and PS3, (not so much Wii i wouldn't think) so that being the case what a platform your going to get for your dollar!
If they do indeed launch this, i think it oucld become a very big deal, and if alienware are already involved in same way, it could indeed be a reality.

What, if any affect will this have on the 720/PS4? Is it too late in their design phase to alter their plans? Will they be pushed back?

Kodiak888
3) #2 will mean that with more buyers, developers will start making PC centric titles, and we'll suffer less "console-itis" UI designs and game features.


This is #1 for me. Wouldn't it be nice for the console to have "PC ports" LOL!

on Mar 04, 2012

An HTPC that you can plug a controller into and access the steam store... similar to all HTPCs. 

I wonder if they would market it as a console.  Should be interesting to see how this pans out.  I'm sure I wouldn't buy one (and I'd wager the major of us pc folks would not either), but looking forward to more news. 

on Mar 06, 2012

i would have thought the whole point of console is that there isn't a ton of different hardware. ie. .1 environment to make developing things easy.

 

allowing upgrades... that can't work. certainly not the way people change mb/cpu/etc...

on Mar 06, 2012

Ever hear of proprietary hardware?

on Mar 06, 2012

what... you get to pull out/plug in a cartridge like thing that is.. eh.. the motherboard? another cartridge for cpu? makes more sense to just sell another console edition every few years.

on Mar 09, 2012

Sounds like trying to close the robe after we all got a small peak to me. Why i don't know, i don't think we have heard the last of this though.
I'm still tore if i liked the idea or not, so half of me wants to rejoice.....

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