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[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Tue 11th Dec 2012 04:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc
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Is that realistic though? The Steam hardware would have to compete with the consoles, which are already sold at loss. Valve would have to at least part subsidise the total cost, so it would be in their interest to ensure that you can only / would only want to buy games through their interface -- if any other interface is present at all!

Let's call it what it is: a gaming console made by Valve.

I can remember the gaming community thinking it was odd (and doomed to failure) when Sony wanted to enter the firmly established gaming market (with unbeatable titans like Sega and Nintendo) with a console with a silly name "Play Station".

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