Abbes Sep 15, 2013 @ 2:22pm
What about a PS Vita-style "Steam Box Portable"?
I never paid much attention to the Playstation Vita, not until Sony announced that they would push indie games on this platform. I was thinking about getting one, but then came up with the following thought:

Wouldn't it be cool to have a portable gaming platform that was like the Vita, but it would run with Steam - in essence some kind of "Steam Box Portable"?

I'm really hooked by the idea. You could have 1) a desktop PC for work/gaming, 2) a console/media center for your living room (Steam Box) and 3) a handheld, and they would all be using steam.

As far as I can see, the PS Vita has really strong performance for a devive of that size, which makes me think that you could run many low-tech PC games on it and maybe even more advanced games with low details/resolution if you want. But I'm not so much of a tech guy and just brainstorming on things. So what do you think about that? Would it be possible?

And equally important: Would you like/buy something like that?

Btw I know about the Nvidia Shield and I would say it's a nice idea, but I'm thinking about a stand alone solution and not something that streams from your PC to a handheld.
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ゆき Sep 15, 2013 @ 2:36pm 
Nvidia Shield is the closest thing you'll find to a mobile PC Gaming unit. Hardware miniaturization isn't anywhere near it needs to be to run modern PC Games in handheld form. The Vita looks good but it's games take massive concessions in terms of development.
Abbes Sep 15, 2013 @ 2:47pm 
Originally posted by ゆき:
Nvidia Shield is the closest thing you'll find to a mobile PC Gaming unit. Hardware miniaturization isn't anywhere near it needs to be to run modern PC Games in handheld form. The Vita looks good but it's games take massive concessions in terms of development.

I'm aware that you wouldn't be able to run Crysis or BF3 on such a thing, I meant games that were less advanced.
As a fan of indie games, I have to say that I'm mainly thinking of titles like Hotline Miami, Limbo or Guacamelee!, which are also on Vita with many more incoming.
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Kamina Sep 15, 2013 @ 9:04pm 
Originally posted by Abbes:
Originally posted by ゆき:
Nvidia Shield is the closest thing you'll find to a mobile PC Gaming unit. Hardware miniaturization isn't anywhere near it needs to be to run modern PC Games in handheld form. The Vita looks good but it's games take massive concessions in terms of development.

I'm aware that you wouldn't be able to run Crysis or BF3 on such a thing, I meant games that were less advanced.
As a fan of indie games, I have to say that I'm mainly thinking of titles like Hotline Miami, Limbo or Guacamelee!, which are also on Vita with many more incoming.

With the Nvidia Shield you can stream steam games from your pc onto the shield. All the performace is being rendered on your PC.

It has a Tegra 4 chip and is much stronger than the PS Vita. Although it can only play Android games, but it'll run steam games just fine.

The down side of streaming your pc games is that it requires a kepler based GPU, an Nividia GTX 650 and above. Having a steambox similar to the PS VITA TV would be cool though.
(comrade) wesim the dream Sep 16, 2013 @ 12:45pm 
I think this should go to the Steam Ideas forum.
Spawn of Totoro Sep 16, 2013 @ 1:03pm 
How about we wait for the SteamBox to come out before we start asking them to create more devices. We don't know what the SteamBox can do or how it will preform, let alone if could be ported to a hand held form.
Abbes Sep 16, 2013 @ 1:32pm 
Originally posted by Spawn of Totoro:
How about we wait for the SteamBox to come out before we start asking them to create more devices. We don't know what the SteamBox can do or how it will preform, let alone if could be ported to a hand held form.
Since you can practically built a Steam Box already by simply using a small PC and putting it in your living room, I thought the time is right to plan ahead :)
And I'm not asking Valve to create anything, I'm just brainstorming a little.
Also I don't think that this idea is too far off. Since mobile gaming is a growing market, I think Valve has to have some kind of interest in having Steam there too, and I think many people who use steam would like the idea of having a single platform/community for all sorts of gaming, be it on a desktop PC, Steam Box or mobile devices.
But maybe I'm wrong about the handheld idea and the next step is to bring suitable Steam games on mobile phones (like iOs/Android games), which could also have much potential.
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Spawn of Totoro Sep 16, 2013 @ 1:40pm 
A SteamBox may be more then just s small form factor PC with Linux and a default Big Picture mode.

Like I said, we still don't know much about it.

They mentioned something about home based cloud computing at one point.

I'm just suggesting it may be a bit too soon to think of a handheld device.

I don't see them using mobile though, as iOS is a closed system and Android is becoming more fragmented. Only reason mobile gaming is growing is because of the 99 cent game market and free to play games.
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