CES 2014: iBUYPOWER Launches SBX Steam Machine
January 6, 2014 11:05 PM
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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
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.
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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RE: Good start.
1/7/2014 10:24:03 AM
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.
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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