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 Luminair
by Morgan on Tue 11th Dec 2012 03:44 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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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?

You've never heard of a loss leader? The other console makers never make a return on the hardware itself in the first year of a particular revision, and sometimes they never do at all. They make their money through accessories, licensing and, more recently, subscriptions. Eventually they get the build cost of the console down to the point where they break even or (rarely) profit a few pennies on it. But no successful console manufacturer goes into it thinking they will immediately profit on the hardware.

Bottom line, this is just a way to get Steam into the consciousness of of console-only gamers. I'm all for it!

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