Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Dec 2012 23:24 UTC
Games Confirming the industry's worst-kept secret, Valve CEO Gabe Newell has confirmed Valve is working on its 'Steam Box', a Steam-powered HTPC geared towards console-like gaming. It'll most likely run Linux. "Well certainly our hardware will be a very controlled environment," he told Kotaku. "If you want more flexibility, you can always buy a more general purpose PC. For people who want a more turnkey solution, that's what some people are really gonna want for their living room." Steam has 50 million subscribers, so there's a market here. As a comparison: Xbox Live has 40 million subscribers.
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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by woegjiub on Tue 11th Dec 2012 00:10 UTC in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
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It's being marketed as almost a console, and they manage to convince studios to develop for those every generation.
The hardware limitations should be less here, and the stack is tried and tested, with many major engines already supporting it.
Seems inevitable, especially given that major players like Sony and Nintendo are actually in negative profits according to wiki.

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