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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Ideas from Valve are usually...
1/7/2014 1:42:09 PM
... great, even groundbreaking (like Half-Life or Steam) but I don't get this one. I've had a gaming capable HTPC connected to the big screen TV in the living room since 2008. Anyone with even a modest budget could do this for years if they wanted to game on their TV. Nowadays it's getting ridiculously affordable if you build an AMD APU based system. It might not run Metro 2033 at 120 FPS but it will play the vast majority of games (even big titles) with acceptable visual settings and frame rates at 1080p. So, the only thing new/interesting here is perhaps the controller. But even that is a long shot since the Xbox 360 controllers work so seamlessly with Steam for pretty much anything you'd want to play with game controllers. And if you wanted a setup like this, chances are you already have the controllers (I do).
So, who's going to pay $500 for this box to stream games from another PC is a mystery. This may be the first time that I can remember when Valve misses the mark. I guess we'll see...
RE: Ideas from Valve are usually...
1/7/2014 9:50:19 PM
Most people don't build their own computers or have any idea that a regular desktop computer can be hooked up to their TV.
There is a market for these kinds of things but I don't know how big it will be.
“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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