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11.28.13

$499 Gaming Console Based on GNU/Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux at 3:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Another new milestone for GNU/Linux, which is climbing up the ranks of platforms for gamers

THERE’S some reporting about a product and company called iBuyPower [1,2,3]. What it does is not unprecedented, but it does put together a product which can compete with proprietary giants like Sony. This isn’t about some game coming to more platforms (a new example of which is [4-7]); it’s about a whole new platform being created and it is based on GNU/Linux.

Several years ago it seemed like the dream of GNU/Linux as a gaming platform was elusive, especially after Sony had stabbed GNU/Linux users (on PS3) in their backs. Seeing a sort of comeback — where major games are ported to GNU/Linux faster than we can keep track of and consoles are launched which are based on GNU/Linux — is a truly refreshing change that will definitely accompany the ascent of the Free desktop. No more will “gaming” be an excuse for avoiding GNU/Linux as a desktop platform.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. First third-party “Steam Machine” could already be a console-beater

    When Valve laid out a range of performance tiers for the 300 Steam Machine prototypes it would be sending to beta testers, the company was clear that other hardware makers would be revealing their own designs for SteamOS-powered gaming rigs in the future. Custom PC maker iBuyPower has now become the first company to unveil a prototype for one of those designs, laying out a $499 white box with a GPU that’s comparable or slightly better than those found in the recently launched PS4 and Xbox One.

  2. First Steam Machine Priced At $499; Xbox One Is In Trouble
  3. iBuyPower Launching An AMD-Based Steam Machine
  4. Joe Danger and Joe Danger 2 coming to Linux and Mac ‘real soon’
  5. Joe Danger Arriving on Mac and Linux “Real Soon”
  6. Joe Danger games are coming to Mac and Linux
  7. Joe Danger, Joe Danger 2 coming to Linux, Mac
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