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Originally posted by BloodDuality No reason to for me. Built my own computer last year, and would gladly do it again anytime. Even though it's still great I kinda want to put it in a new case and try water cooling. Once you build your own I think it can be addicting and empowering. I just don't know the place for steam machines yet since most being annonced now are too expensive for mainstream adoption required o compete with the xbox one and ps4.
the alienware one's video said it will be prices around the prices of the next gen consoles.. there is also another one there that is priced for like $500... it depends on the manufacturer really, i like the look of the alienware one, it's small, compact and reasonably priced allegedly
I don't really see why anyone would buy one of these. Valve is offering the OS for free, I don't see any reason why a person would need to buy a pre-built small form factor PC with the OS already loaded, unless they just don't want to figure out how to install it.
I could maybe see someone that doesn't have a gaming PC, and are looking to buy one, go after one of these. However, anyone that does is going to be angry once they realize that these things aren't being built with the greatest quality parts and that they would have been much better off had they just researched and built it themselves.
There's a lot of hype surrounding these things right now, and I'm not really sure why. The only thing I can think of is that most people haven't realized that the only difference between the Steam Machines and a normal gaming PC is the OS and form factor, kind of like the next-gen consoles. The difference with the consoles however, is that they're closed systems where developers target the console's specific hardware, squeezing out every bit of the console's potential. The Steam Machines can't and won't get the same TLC from devs that current consoles do.
I've got a decent lappy that has a hdmi output which can play almost anything.
Why would i buy a steambox?
I see no value in it for me personally. So no.