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IBUYPOWER's SteamOS-only machine will retail for $499

IBUYPOWER is spreading its wings a bit at this year’s CES with the launch of its SBX Steam Machine. The company makes its very clear that this is NOT a PC, but instead a SteamOS-only machine with an eye for bringing entertainment to the living room.
 
“We wanted to really show the world that the power of desktop gaming machine can be experienced in the living room in a totally seamless way,” said Darren Su, Co-founder and VP of iBUYPOWER. “All preconceptions of what entertainment in the living room should and can be, are out the door.”

The LED lighting is configurable via an iOS/Android app

The SBX will be available with multi-core processors from AMD and Intel. However, the machine demonstrated today at CES came equipped with a quad-core AMD Athlon X4 740 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon R7 250 GPU (1GB).
 
Priced at $499, you’ll also receive a 500GB hard drive along with a Steam Controller and an HDMI cable.

Steam Controller
A Steam controller will be included

 
The SBX will be available in either black or white; both of which have color configurable LEDs bisecting the top and bottom halves of the console. The lighting will be controllable via an app for iOS- or Android-based devices.
 
The SBX is scheduled to launch in Q2 2014.


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Good start.
By blzd on 1/7/2014 1:36:18 AM , Rating: -1
According to Valve SteamOS is able to play every PC Steam game.

Compared to the laptops most people I know buy for $1000, this will perform much better for half the price leaving plenty of room for accesories and a much better experience then cramped keyboards and screens can ever provide.




RE: Good start.
By flyingpants1 on 1/7/2014 1:50:11 AM , Rating: 2
It's linux dude. It can't run PC games designed for Windows (most of Steam's catalogue). The most it can do is stream them from another Windows PC on the LAN.


RE: Good start.
By Breakfast Susej on 1/7/2014 10:24:03 AM , Rating: 1
I'm wishing for good things for Steam OS. But that's just marketing talk. It's going to be able to stream games from your windows PC to the steambox and thus play every game on steam. That's what they actually mean.

They know it can never have native Linux support for every game in the back catalog of steam, it's just not feasible. So they are big on promoting this feature and downplaying the dependency on having a Windows PC.

Assuming they can get new games coming out on Linux regularly and everything goes amazingly well it could be awesome for Linux as well as Linux gaming. Don't be deceived though into thinking it isn't still a big risk that may not work out.


RE: Good start.
By vol7ron on 1/7/2014 10:25:10 AM , Rating: 2
Laptops come with a screen, keyboard, trackpad, camera, mobility, amongst other things...

... pickles to carrots, pickles to carrots


RE: Good start.
By Motoman on 1/7/2014 11:09:38 AM , Rating: 2
Or, you can connect your PC to your TV with an HDMI cable.

If you want to be nifty, run it through the walls with some keystone jacks.

In the end, you'll basically be doing what the "Steambox" is doing, and save a ridiculous amount of money, and have one less computer in the house to worry about.


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