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Console Wars 2013: Sony PS4 and its competitors
Valve Steam Box
PC gaming is undergoing a bit of a renaissance, with new PC hardware comparing very favorably with console components more than half a decade old. Digital distribution via Steam and other online storefronts means DRM hassles are largely a thing of the past, and nearly any PC can run at least basic games.
Valve's Steam app recently added a Big Screen mode, made for living-room couch viewing, which some take as a clear sign that the company plans to build or partner with a hardware vendor to build a true PC-based living-room console, purportedly called the Steam Box.
The pitfalls, however, are the same ones that have bedeviled PC-as-console devotees for years. How do you get decent PC parts, including discrete graphics, in a box that won't cost much more than a $300 to $400 console? And, if you have just a hardware blueprint for other PC makers to build themselves, how do you make sure everyone will be able to install and run games properly? That's one advantage of the closed console system: you only have to get your game to run properly on one, exact set of hardware specs.
Which of these contenders do you think will emerge as the victor in the 2013 Console Wars? Let us know in the comments section below.
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