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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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 11th Dec 2012 03:43 UTC
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We've seen this play many times before.

1. "We like open"
2. Is not open.

The proof will be in the pudding: if you can have the same experience as the Steam Box by installing your own choice of Linux on your own hardware, then it'll be open enough. If however this truly is just another console trying to claim to be a PC, just because it's x86, then it's just double-standards on Valve's part -- they don't like Windows 8 because they can't control the experience, yet they want to release their own device, where nobody else can control the experience.

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