It’s been one of the world’s top secrets in video game consoles. The SteamOS was supposed to be a game streaming powerhouse for Valve to make its way into the living room. Let’s face it, when it comes to PC games, Valve pretty much dominates the market. Whatever PC game you are looking for, Valve probably has it and Valve has made it easy it for you to download, install and play the game while still preserving the rights of the software developer.
Not surprisingly, Valve is highly-respected in the PC video gaming community, too. However, Valve always has its eyes fixed on making itself felt in the living room. Regardless of where you fall in this debate – PC gaming or console –, it is indisputable that the former has its own distinct charm. This is why most of hard core gamers would wait until a console game has a PC version before they actually play the game. There is something about playing a game on the PC that makes the hard core gamers excited about any particular game title.
It is not hard to see where the attraction lies, after all, if you buy a console game, you pretty much are stuck with a state-of-the-art technology when a particular console debuts. It could take several years before the graphics and the processing technology of the console you are using catches up with current technology. But, when you’re gaming on a PC rig, you have the opportunity to swap out your graphics card and your CPU when the latest updates come. These latest hardware updates, as any PC fan will tell you, come almost annually.
See the difference between waiting several years and staying abreast with the latest and greatest in computing technology? No wonder many people consider the question of PC versus console a nonsense question. They automatically assume that hardcore gamers would want a PC experience.
Still, Valve wants to gain a presence in the living room because that’s where people want to play games. There’s a bigger market in the living room. When you are playing games in your living room, you probably have a buddy to play against or have a lot of people over. There is a different ambiance when it comes to playing games in the living room. SteamOS was supposed to help Valve make the transition from a purely a PC experience to a living room experience. But after its debut in CES at Las Vegas last week, initial feedback isn’t looking very encouraging. A lot of people didn’t really see what the big value is in regards into having a SteamOS play in the living room. The whole rationale behind having a dedicated Steam box in the living room is that when you boot it up, it instantly becomes a game console. This is really not that convincing for many PC players.
Also, they lament the fact that SteamOS can access the back catalogue of Valve. In other words, where is the value added? What is the whole point behind this box? The longer this question remains, the more question marks would be on SteamOS transition to a living room device. Plus, it usually takes several versions for hardware to truly breakthrough. Expect, at least a couple of different versions and upgrades of Steam OS until it gains attraction at all. Either that or it just might not catch on at all.