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 Kroc
by ideasman42 on Tue 11th Dec 2012 06:14 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Their aim isnt to be open, its to make a console to provide their games - it happens to be based opensource.

Also, disagree about them having to make sure it can run on any user hardware.

Its exactly BECAUSE you have a fixed hardware platform that makes the console attractive to developers. (one of the reasons at least). Saves a lot of time testing various combinations of hardware and adding in workarounds for driver bugs.

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