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That Steam PC sounds interesting to me. I know I'd be very torn between buying something like that over the next-gen Xbox if they were at comparable price points. I just hope they don't get carried away with the DRM and make it unusable for ordinary computer stuff.
I doubt anything to HARSH for DRM ....depending on who you are.. as they said other Download services will be able to use it.. SO ORIGIN.. and if we are really lucky GOG etc... They will be hte keepers of the DRM on there respective products. VALVE has a great tracke record for doing whats best for gamers (even if we dont see it that way sometimes) I personally was 100% against steam with HALF LIFE 2, almost to a point i wasnt going ot play it. Now Steam is easliy my prefred platform for PC gameing. A case where my perception was incorrect and I never gave it chance till i was basicly forced to.
I do imagine there weill be some drawbacks for the standard PC user such as myslef. Yhe big draw will be same thing every set top box has had, all PC abilities.. at a time when most homes have HD tv's so PC txt wont be a drawback. A standard web browser that will surpase any in previous console/set top boxes (if they allow firefox/chrome/etc) it really gets down to waht they allow.. MY guess is ANYTHING downloaded onto it will have to be throuhg some type of STOREFRONT.. STEAM, ORIGIN, GOG.. ETC.. so most anyting would be avilible on it but much like anthing in a app type store, it wil have to go throuhg some tests.. I cant see it being 100% open, virus, malware problems and such.. it has to be regulated.. which will turn alot off (myself included).. as long as they dont go as Far as APPLE, but hang in a littel more nutral area, not regultiong what i can get, but simpley regulation the software for issues, not content I would be statisfied.
far to early to speculate, in many ways I cant see it working, its failes so many time before. And as you point out DRM and such will be its failing if anything. it should easily handle the 5-7 year life cycle, price will matter, as long as its digital HD space wont be a huge concern. TO MANY "IFS" for now, but with VALVE PC hardware and digital where its at right now.. it could be awsome.
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