@joeyravn: the ouya has an ARM CPU in it, and Windows, Mac, Linux and Steam on those platforms all run x86 and you need those things running on the box doing the streaming, so nope, can't stream with this.
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Simple solution to a simple problem. I like it.
What's hilarious about this is that, they said they would never do preview coverage on the site, and yet now because of early access as a trend, games are being sold as public unfinished previews, and they're forced to do preview coverage again.
So the Alienware Steam Machine launches in September
No surprise here: they plan to support the TV, movie, music services for steam OS. Something you obviously need, if you're gonna make a PC that's a console
The thing with the Digital Storm one is that it looks so much like a PC that I can't tell the dimensions in these light box photos. Is it really that big? It looks massive. Can I lie it down at least. It just looks like a regular mid tower
I like the Alienware design. They seem to be tempering their inclination towards "hardc0re gam3rz" aesthetics for a cleaner and simpler look. The Digital Storm Bolt II box is probably my favorite though.
@gaspower nope, the cyberpower one really looks like that. from the verge:
The CyberPower one is BEAUTIFUL.
Uh the alien ware one looks like a box I guess
I heard the Cyberpower one is actually a decent value for money from a gaming pc (short of building it yourself), but it don't look that great. weird angled ridges all over it. looks like its out of a early 90s scifi FPS.
I would say there are people who want to play PC games in the living room but don't want to build a PC, but want to swap out the parts every once in awhile for an upgrade. I used to build PCs, now I hate it. It's a hassle. If you mess up a build, it's a long time (and possible extra expense) lost, isolating the problem, and replacing the part, and its way harder when you don't have extra parts lying around.
So, I would say it's for people that want to have upgradability like a PC, but don't care about the up front hassle of building a system like a console, and also have a streamlined interface, like a console.
I would count myself as one of those people. I'm definitely getting one.
Not nice spec wise, they didn't announce anything about that, but I think I'm gonna get this one. All the other ones don't look like they'd look good in a living room. One looks like a router, one looks like a rack mount ethernet switch, most of them look like DIY mini-ITX PCs. Generally all the others look embarrassing to have in a living room. iBuypower's also looks okay though.
Yes. I don't have time to build new hardware anymore. I just bought a gaming laptop, just so I wouldn't be bothered with putting parts together. As a teen, I never in a million years thought I'd buy a gaming laptop. I still like to tinker, but I just like having a fall-back, where I have a thing that is no hassle.
I'm gonna mess around with SteamOS too, but it looks like the price is gonna be good enough for these systems.
I don't have any horse in the Sony/Microsoft race. I hope for both to do well enough to drive competition and innovation. That said, I don't understand Microsoft's insistence on pushing voice controls. I don't want to talk to an inanimate device unless we're on Star Trek levels of voice technology. And even then, it would still be a little weird.
Maybe I'm just a grumpy old dinosaur.
Well, two things here.
The first thing is that voice recognition technologies need a lot of voice samples in order to get better. That's why all these voice things, Google, Microsoft, everybody, all upload the voice samples to their servers. Because they use them to tweak the voice recognition algorithms to make them better. So it's a catch-22. You can't make voice recognition better until you have a lot of people talking to the xbox, but people don't want to use the voice recognition, until it gets better. So voice recognition, is going to stay a little dodgy for a few more years, then suddenly it will get way better. Like with Google's voice tech. It was awful for years, then one day it got really good.
Second tech companies are running out of stuff to innovate on. Mouse+Keyboard and touch GUIs are both basically feature complete at this point. So everyone is starting to look at newer interfaces like voice and newer form factors, like the ridiculous wearable computing to work on. Because they can't sell us new tech anymore, without any meaningful differences, even though we don't need any more new stuff for a while, and even though the meaningful differences aren't technically ready yet.
It's kinda like when HDTVs were basically done, and the TV people were like oh crap, we can't sell anymore new TVs, because the HDTV is basically feature complete.Let's put 3D, in there. Or apps, let's put apps. Let's do that. Or 4K. Even MORE pixels. People love pixels.