We've heard a lot about a so called “Steam Box” in the last couple of months. The Steam Box is Valve’s rumored PC console. The latest news with the steam box is the Piston, Xi3’s Steam approved PC. But should steam just approve PC’s instead of making their own hardware?
I say yes, because Valve is a software manufacturer rather than a hardware manufacturer it’s probably best that Valve just approves premade PCs. If Valve made a console, that console most likely wouldn't be the best made PC ever. I’d rather have Valve work with a big name gaming PC manufacturer to make PC’s for consumers. The problem with Valve just approving premade PC’s is that premade PCs are expensive. No one wants to spend over a thousand dollars for a steam approved console. I certainly wouldn't pay that much for one.
To sum up what steam needs to do in order to make the so called “Steam Box” work is to partner with Alienware, Falcon, or Xi3, then they need to have that partner manufacture a PC that runs a custom version of Steam made specifically for this PC model. But what is really needed is for Steam to put the console in the four hundred to five hundred dollar price range.