Thursday, January 10, 2013
Steambox, from a PC Gamer's viewpoint.
The news on Valve's Steambox really made a big impression on the gaming industry. But here I am, thinking "what's so special?". Some might not agree and some could even share my views on this. Let me talk about what I think about the Steambox.
From what I've seen, Steambox tries to bring PC gaming to console gamers by providing an easier to use PC. That's what Steambox is in my opinion: "A Mini-PC built by Valve". Nothing wrong with it, because if it does work it could interest those who doesn't like to use PC because of compatibility issues and driver problems. Steambox could act as a Streamlined Gaming PC for the masses. This seems an interesting idea but with the current news regarding pricing which is around $1000, I wonder if it's just a better idea to just buy a PC?
From gaming point of view, Steambox seems to be offering the same list of games that the PC gamers get. because if this PC gamers won't really be interested in buying Steambox. So what's the actual target market for Steambox? Console Gamers? how will Steambox compete with other consoles which usually have their own Exclusive games. Steambox exclusive games would just be PC exclusive games, which raises the same question: "Why not just buy a PC?"
You might think of me as a PC Gaming Elitist or whatever but that still doesn't change the fact that Steambox is essentially a Streamlined Mini-PC. Why should PC gamers be interested in it? and why should console gamers be interested in it? Play on your TV? you can already to that with Steam Big Picture. Exclusive games? doesn't seem there will be any.
Let's see some other argument about the Steambox: Multiple quality hardware(Good, Better, Best)? that's just the same as PC, it'll just create almost the same mess as PC and would actually confuse casual gamers since the console have differing specs. User generated content ? you do realize uncontrolled user generated content would mean thousands of rubbish content and you'll waste more time browsing through the swill rather than getting to the good stuff. Besides, you know which platform where you can find plenty of user generated contents? the PC.
I might be missing something or might be mis-informed, but from what we have right now I really see no reason for all the hype surrounding Steambox. It's a nifty idea, but it might not be making a big splash when it comes out. We'll have to wait for more info of course, but I really hope Steambox isn't just what I think it is. What do you think?