Despite the information given in the beginning, apparently some folks believed the Steam OS box dealy were a microconsole of sorts they could use to play whatever Steam games they bought without regard to whatever crappy system they own. In a Q & A post posted to a NEW Steam group (Steam In-Home Streaming), they pointed out it is not for all those who couldn’t figure it out on their own.
So, reiterating, the Steam box will simply allow you to stream your native Steam games sitting on whichever computer you’re running Steam on, out to your tellie. No one will be able to use this computer, because it’s busy playing that game in what is essentially sounding like a mirrored display.
Q: Can someone use my computer while I’m streaming a game from it?
A: No, your computer is dedicated to running the game and input is coming from both the remote client and the local system. It would be very confusing if someone were trying to use the computer at the same time.
I would like to think there is more to this than what it seems. There are devices already for wireless displays, why would I want one that only does Steam?
Q: Will this be fast enough for me to enjoy my favorite game?
A: This depends on your hardware, networking configuration and how fast you want it to be. It’s free, so try it out and see!
This Steam OS box isn’t gonna do better what any other less restrictive gadget already out there does.
So why the hell even bother? Good effing question. Considering you can scrounge your computer junk boxes and build a PC to throw the free Steam OS on and rejoice that you found use of crap you probably could have gotten rid of long ago, there doesn’t seem to be any point to it. I can get by perfectly fine starting up Steam and throwing it into Big Picture Mode and mirroring my display.
I must say, I do like the addiction of Big Picture Mode. It essentially turns Steam into a more console-like, controller friendly, environment and cut out having to deal with wireless mice and keyboards (which are still useable). The burning question is how will Steam OS be different? I’d really like to know. The fact it is labeled as an OS indicated to me that there is, or at least should be. I expect you’ll boot it up and it will sniff around your local network for a Steam account to link to, connect, and then you can be on your merry way and play stuff. Assuming your computer is on and even logged into Steam.
People still seem hung up on this streaming thing and worrying about system requirements. Look. You don’t need to assemble some high-end gaming rig that’s just receiving a stream over your network. You’re not -playing- games on it, it’s just gonna be this ugly thing you’ve put together just to stream over your home network that hopefully doesn’t suck. So, worry about that and the A/V side of things and the rest should come together quite cheaply. You aren’t gonna be playing your games in full beautiful splendor outputting with those component cables, so rub those brain cells together and make fire. Of course, if you did make fire, you’d sitting with me amused at the folks who think they need this thing in order to output to their TV in another room.
And for people who were excited and hoping to participate in the beta and joined the first group and completed all those requirements to earn a steam os beta eligibility badge of nonsense, you’re gonna have to join the new group, now. All that other stuff? It apparently amounted to nothing because they’re now saying you must be a member of this new group to be raffle-picked.
I just want the controller.