Originally Posted by angular graphics
No, that's not true. Only the machines that meet/are within Valve's specifications will be called Steamboxes. Every machine can run Steam's BPM but not every machine is a Steambox.
Oh c'mon now are you really going to say that a Steambox is only something that fits the specifications Valve will use to build their Steambox.
There isn't going to be anything unique about their hardware it's pretty clear it's just a cheap Linux Box.
The only unique thing about it is the software the same software anyone with a PC can access right now.
PC developers are not going to develop and limit themselves to the specs of what Valve chooses for their specific Steambox, even more so considering not every party building a Steambox will have the same specs.
Originally Posted by JaseC
You're conflating contexts. As a device a user interacts with, a Steambox is more like a console; from a development standpoint, however, it's like a PC, because it is one.
How do you not interact with it like a PC? it's going to be running a normal version of Linux with Steam installed.
The only thing special they'll probably do is make it start with Steam Big Picture mode by default which you can already do right now.