We’ve always had the PC in the battles for gaming, Game Dev Tycoon even reminds us of that. Steam is making a huge push for this next generation in placing themselves in the living room beyond a level of a gaming HTPC but it’s curious how it will pan out.
Personally I’ve hooked my PC to my home theater a few times, while it’s enjoyable it’s frustrating because even playing off a coffee table isn’t just right, being on the couch with dinner trays still doesn’t really hit (plus omg if you’re not wireless the extenders for USB…) having something the size of the Piston PC able to stream from your Monolith PC is inspiring but I can’t help but think the controller delivery will still be an issue.
With the Steam controller sure it helps a bit, the Xbox 360 offered wireless and wired connections though, it was a matter of compatibility and speed that presented issues. For some titles I’ll still always want my mouse and keyboard though and I’m not sure we’ll ever get past that.
Wondering what everyone here thinks about it, will you use the Steambox or SteamOS in a resurrected system to play from your gaming system in your living room? I know many people cheered for it but the actual move to executing on the excitement is another thing.
I have a silent running pc setup on my living room already, so it’s likely I will try to see how the streaming pans out but I’m not sure if I’ll ever completely retire out of my desktop gaming ways.
It depends on the games that are available to play on Steam OS. I recently upgraded to a whole new PC and my retired system in my closet has an old Lynnfield i5 and a GTX 480 that will run most games at 1080p but I’d want to use it to play games that are traditionally couch games like SSFIV and Castle Crashers instead of Crusader Kings or TF2.