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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by Luminair on Tue 11th Dec 2012 01:47 UTC
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I don't see where this fits in today. Maybe they'll spend a year getting games ported to Linux so there is something to do with it

Even then though, it would have to be dirt cheap to sell well, and that means poor hardware, which again begs: what's the point?

This thing will have fewer and worse and older games than both the new and the old consoles next year. It will cost more than the old consoles. And the hardware might be worse than the new ones, which when combined with poorly optimized computer games means everything on it looks worse than on the new consoles.

Yep I'm having a hard time seeing where this fits in!

Maybe in a year there will be a cpu with onboard graphics that can run skyrim at 30fps and costs them $200 to build with a small hard drive, which they can sell at cost, ala amazon kindle and google nexus. Maybe that would work. If the selection of games for linux explodes....

Nope I still dont get it

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