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REPORT: "Mid-Range" Steam Box "Should Cost Around $300"

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Matt Gardner
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Gabe Newell, Steam, Steam Box, Valve

REPORT: "Mid-Range" Steam Box "Should Cost Around 0"

Following their big, fat interview with Gabe Newell, The Verge have followed up with some other tidbits that didn't make the initial direct cut, including speculation from Newell himself on the targeted price points of the Steam Box range.In the interview Newell spoke of there hopefully being three tiers of Steam Box devices - "Good, Better, and Best" - with Valve's own in-house hardware sitting alongside those from other manufacturers, as we've already seen from Xi3.

The Verge reported that "[Newell] says the goal for a "Good" platform is a free device, but that one would probably start around $99 and eventually come down. Newell says a midrange device should cost around $300, and that the top-tier is only limited by how much someone is willing to spend."

A mid-range Steam Box for $300? A basic Steam Box experience for under $100? That sounds pretty damn affordable for a brand, spanking, new console wouldn't you say?

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davidpanik  Jan. 9, 2013 at 16:21

From the earlier interview, I understood that the "Good" option would just be something to stream content to the TV from elsewhere (presumably your PC up the stairs). So really just a dumb unit like the OnLive console (but still the option I would probably go for).

Late  Jan. 9, 2013 at 16:38

Music to my ears.
I have no idea of Sony/Microsoft's expected prices for next gen, but I've long expected to have to fork out around £400 for my next console.
If the mid-range Steambox is cheaper than that (and I'd expect around £250-£300 over here if it's $300 in the States) and has comparable power and games/apps then it's a serious contender. I note there's no mention of peripherals' prices (joypad, keyb/mouse) but I'd imagine they'd be comparable to current equipment.

To be honest, even if it's slightly less powerful than the ps4/nextbox but is capable of being upgraded in the future (whereas I don't expect that'll be an option with Sony/MS) then a Steambox still sounds like a serious contender to me.

I look forward to hearing more details. :D

Late  Jan. 9, 2013 at 16:42

From the earlier interview, I understood that the "Good" option would just be something to stream content to the TV from elsewhere (presumably your PC up the stairs). So really just a dumb unit like the OnLive console (but still the option I would probably go for).


Aye, that's the impression I got.
No use to me, as my pc isn't very powerful and could do with being replaced (and something more "home server" than "pc" is sounding like the best option when I get round to that, as I really need to streamline my devices/storage, get xbmc or similar on my TVs, and cut computer power consumption).

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