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[3]: Comment by Luminair
by Morgan on Tue 11th Dec 2012 05:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
Morgan
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It will run games minimally well and have a minimal game selection


Do you know something the rest of us don't? I can build a pretty fast gaming box for under $300 that will play any current Steam game very well, and that's with retail priced parts. Now enter Valve, who can put together a deal to get the hardware far below retail costs. You'll either have a kick-ass console for the same price, sold as a loss leader, or else a very capable console with a slim profit line of its own.

I really don't understand why you refuse to acknowledge the possibility that Valve can do this and do it well. It's almost as if you have a personal grudge.

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