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Although Valve Software has said that its Steam Box-concept personal computers will be available at different price-points from different partners, no well-known PC makers have unveiled one. But it looks like the situation is changing and changing in a good way. iBuyPower, a boutique PC maker from the U.S., is working on an AMD-based Steam Box that will perfectly fit into the living room and will cost only $499.

The Steam Box from iBuyPower will be powered by a multi-core AMD processor and will be equipped with AMD Radeon R9 270 graphics card (formerly Radeon HD 7870 with 1280 stream processors), 500GB hard disk drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and so on, reports The Verge web-site. The machine comes in a stylish grey box with built-in power supply unit that matches design of consumer electronics.

What the iBuyPower Steam Box system will not offer is a Blu-ray optical disc drive as well as Windows operating system. The personal computer will run Steam OS and will come with Steam Controller for further convenience in the living room.

The horsepower inside the iBuyPower Steam Box is considerably higher compared to that of Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4, but its price will be around $499, according to the manufacturer. The system should provide decent performance in video-games optimized for SteamOS, therefore, be comparable to new-generation video game consoles. iBuyPower claims that existing Steam for Linux games should run quite well, at full 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.

The iBuyPower Steam Box will be available sometimes in 2014. Officially, the firm will likely introduce the system during the Consumer Electronics Show early next year.

Tags: IBuyPower, AMD, Steam, Steam Box, Valve

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This looks nice.
Is it another manufacture looking for a non-Windows market place?
The sale of AND CPU's to x bone and ps4 look like paying off.
2 2 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 11/29/13 02:05:21 AM]
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That's right Ted. AMD's strategy of cornering the gaming market is just beginning - it is the total focus, from clients to servers. The gaming market will be worth $78 Billion by 2016 and AMD wants a very large slice of it.
1 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/29/13 05:42:19 AM]
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Plus AMD is on the verge of bankrupcy they need this..
0 0 [Posted by: Jeff Price  | Date: 01/06/14 09:02:54 PM]
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This looks good! It should perform quite well too. Exiting days ahead!
2 1 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 11/29/13 10:52:50 AM]
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Kaveri?
1 1 [Posted by: redeemer  | Date: 11/29/13 04:16:15 PM]
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Frankly, I'm having a hard time even imagining the type of person who would buy one of these things. Everyone who is techy enough to care already owns a gaming PC that blows this thing out of the water, and everyone who isn't just says "screw it" and buys a console that duplicates pretty much the same purpose. So who's left?
0 2 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 11/30/13 01:27:29 AM]
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people who don't know better and see "NEW CONSOLE" and buy it as soon as possible also known as gadget junkies no insult implied new gadget means have to buy we all have that weakness just some more then others
0 0 [Posted by: Andathar  | Date: 12/02/13 05:47:25 AM]
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I somewhat agree with AnonymousGuy I have an AMD Optron family 4 (that's 4 CPU chips) and the Optron is an 8 core unlocked running as a 16 core with HT 3 (hyper threading 3.0) 1TB RAM (32x32GB DDR 3 RAM) 4TB HDD USB 3.1 capable 6xUSB 3.0 10xUSB 2.0 4xE-SATA 2xBlueray R (record-able) 2xDVD RW Multi drive 2xAX1500i (1500watt 2000 overclocked) power supply every thing is hot swap-able submersed cooling with 9 turbo fans cooling the oil this computer WAS a server but I refitted it for gaming it's a over kill PC I know but no gaming rig will beet it for a long while the steam can not be up graded with the latest stuff most likely so it will stay is low end as it is i fix/build/design PC's its what i hate about gaming consoles you have to buy and buy newer consoles to get the latest with PC you buy a PC then buy the parts needed for an upgrade till its maxed parts cost cheap consoles don't my PC costed me $2000 give or take if you where to buy a gaming rig top of the line no assembly it'll cost $12000 mine is at least 20 times better than those I built my PC as I seed parts cost cheap but I admire what they're doing I would like a copy of that OS to put on one of my partitions to see how great it runs but having steam on a PC is almost the same some differences may apply sorry for this long discussion but when it comes to PC's I like to chat a lot i'm a PC guru I know what i'm talking about no insult implied those who put all that work in it should be commended for there hard work.
0 1 [Posted by: Andathar  | Date: 12/02/13 05:48:50 AM]
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Another very small nail in the coffin of MS..............little by little, too bad there are so few Linux desktop/laptop from major OEM's available
2 1 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 11/30/13 02:44:53 AM]
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there's consoles for Linux Android is Linux nvidia shield is Android the OHYA is Android.
here's a sight that talks a bought the OHYA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouya
this sight talks a bought the nvidia shield
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia_Shield
and this sight talks a bought Android
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_(operating_system)
there's lots of Android stuff so don't be sad Android is basically Linux besides Linux is easy to put on a PC (get Linux FREE get PC bare-bones (no OS) install done) it costs less if its self done and bare-bones PC's cost like 200 or more cheaper then the others
0 0 [Posted by: Andathar  | Date: 12/02/13 06:16:48 AM]
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i like that AMD is trying to get the upper hand they are very reliable better then Intel in most ways Intel's CPU's die quickly AMD is tough there CPU concept is solid and more promising then Intel all though Intel has had the upper hand for a long time it'll change quickly
0 0 [Posted by: Andathar  | Date: 12/02/13 06:34:00 AM]
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I have to disagree Intel has dominated the market for years. All the AMD love is left over from the late 90's early 2000's when they were better; they are great low cost alternatives but cant compete with Intel anymore.

But as it stand now AMD is on the verge of bankruptcy they need this..

They havent posted a profit in a long long time.
0 0 [Posted by: Jeff Price  | Date: 01/06/14 09:04:38 PM]
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Hi guys! I think I won one of the steam boxes I'm a youtuber and I'll be making videos of this sexy steambox. Here's my stuff so you can monitor for more steam box info.
https://www.youtube.com/rickychavez
http://plus.google.com/+rickychavez/
http://twitter.com/r1ckychav3z
http://www.twitch.tv/r1ckychav3z
http://www.facebook.com/r1ckychav3z
http://steamcommunity.com/id/rickychavez
0 0 [Posted by: R1ckyChav3z  | Date: 12/11/13 09:53:10 PM]
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