There's 12 companies making Steam Boxes

It was early last year that we first started hearing rumblings of a Steam Box, a console/PC hybrid that lets you play PC games on any display, with a controller that should allow most titles to be played on them. It's trying to meld the convenience of a home console with the function of a PC - no mean feat.

However it seems like enough companies are involved now that at least one of them will be what we're after. There's now 12 of them and Engadget has broken down the list for us.

Of course there's Valve, which is making its own Steam Box, with multiple versions of different sizes, performance levels and price tags, but there's a lot more than that. iBuyPower has a version in the works, so does Digital Storm, Alienware, Falcon Northwest, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac and Scan Computers.

There's an interesting mix there, as we have traditional gaming PC makers like Alienware and Falcon Northwest joining the mix, right alongside component retailers like Scan Computers and hardware manufacturers like Gigabyte and Zotac.

We'll get a look at all of the systems being put together by all companies at this year's CES, which begins tomorrow.

If you were going to buy a Steam Box based purely on the company's name, which one would you pick?

I'd probably go Scan.

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"It's trying to meld the

"It's trying to meld the convenience of a home console with the function of a PC". Easy answer, hook your custom up to your TV via HDMI & BAM!!!! Better gaming system than any console, big screen, plus every other fucking thing a PC can do. Throw away all your dedicated boxes kiddies. Your PC has got you covered & then some!

I'm really hoping this helps

I'm really hoping this helps ITX form factor computers take off, I've been building them for years but the parts are always a little harder to find and a little more expensive. Also 99% of the cases are awful so I REALLY hope this rectifies that.

Plagiarism

"We'll get a look at all of the systems being put together by all companies at this year's CES, which begins tomorrow. " Of course we won't get any first hand accounts or information straight from this author or anyone from MG, but we will get them to post stuff they see on other websites! Of course we can't do that ourselves...

3DO Anyone?

Wow, it reminds me of how 3DO units were built by different companies like Goldstar, Panasonic and Sanyo. Those were game consoles with their own "3DO" operating system. There's very little difference with what's going on here. The games on the linux based SteamOS wouldn't really be PC games, as they won't run on a traditional PC, i.e Windows. Then again, consoles are not traditional consoles anymore, they're cheaper PCs custom built by M$ and Sony.

"SteamOS wouldn't really be

"SteamOS wouldn't really be PC games, as they won't run on a traditional PC, i.e Windows" - Someone has a very fucked up definition of PC and is also very uninformed about cross OS compatibility in steam or how things will work between steamOS machines and windows machines.

Just pointing out...

A linux executable won't run on windows or vice-versa. That's all I'm saying. But my point or discussion was about the 3DO systems back in the day rather than a windows vs linux comparison.

So because a game executable

So because a game executable can't be run on windows it's not really a PC game? Maybe you should avoid comparing things you don't understand. Windows is still the main gaming OS for PCs, games will still be made for it. Valve's proposal is that devs make their games cross platform (windows,mac,steamos), they already stated plain as day that they won't be making steamos exclusives. Ignorance is what drives comments like yours which litter the internet as a whole.

He wasnt just talking about

He wasnt just talking about the 3DO he was comparing steambox and windows with it, in a completely ignorant manner. Trying to say "nooo i was talking just about the 3DO" is just his way to try and make it seem like he didn't said a bunch of crap.

Glad they get so much support

Glad they get so much support. I'd expect a lot of new "Steam-Case" to appear soon as well so gamers can build their own SteamBox without looking like a huge tower in the living room. A case the size of a blu-ray player but twice as high, the mobo being horizontally at the bottom with a pci-ex 90 degree adapter that would allow the 3d card to be horizontal. Hell I could use some spare part of my current olding pc and build a cheap S-Box if such a case and adapter would appear.

A "Steam Box" is nothing more

A "Steam Box" is nothing more than a PC geared towards entertainment, that boots into Valve's Linux-based SteamOS. It is a PC that will offer the same turnkey solution to gamin a console offers. The official ones will most likely bare some sort of insignia and be subsidized. So you could end up with a PC with value in hardware greater than what you paid for it.

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