Originally Posted by chewy4
So basically if you want to play games from the Steam OS, but still have access to Windows games you'll need two gaming PCs.
I can see it being useful for a streaming device but as it's own OS to run games natively, this doesn't seem like a good idea. Way too many Windows only games.
For existing windows games, you'll need to stream from another computer but you can buy their "good" box to stream only. Earlier interviews say the "good" box is targeting a $100 price tag. This box would just stream and play basic games like you'd find on iOS and Android. Think Ouya, to an extent. Then there's the "better" box, which will have upgraded components that are supposed to beat consoles, but we'll have to wait and see. That would be for running full fledged games on the machine itself, not just flash or web style games. Gabe has already said many times that he's not a fan of Microsoft. I don't see him trying to license DirectX from them in order to give the entire steam backlog of 3000+ titles. If Valve does, however, I will be really impressed. Unfortunately all of this is just conjecture until we see the 2 remaining announcements this week.
It's the beginning of a new OS, so a lot of stuff won't run on the box out of the gate, true. SteamBox will be sold on the faith that developers will be developing all titles for the OS eventually. Windows is clunky on a TV setup. I've had 2 HTPCs and ended up selling both because of the interface. Something like Steam's Big Picture mode could make that a lot less clunky. For $99, I'd buy a device that can stream games from my Mac to my TV. Building the OS around Steam's sharing functionality makes sure that the "good" SteamBox will be something for people who want their games on TV, with an easier interface and a reasonable price point. It's not as much a PC as it is a method to display games. I see the "better" box being adopted only by early adopters for a while to come. But we'll see this week.
Edit: Doh, spent so much time typing and working that mvrk beat me to it :p