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 shmerl
by Nelson on Tue 11th Dec 2012 06:19 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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Consoles make gaming simple. PC gaming is "My PC can run this game, if I have Graphics card Y, Motherboard Y, that supports Processor and Chipset Z with 20GB of RAM and a custom cooling rig"

Even then its a mess of Catalyst drivers, 200 different DRM schemes, a comparatively weak online experience, etc.

Consoles are streamlined. You go to the store, you buy a box. You turn the box on and pop a disk in. Bam, you're gaming.

It's an implicit guarantee. If I buy this Console, I will run this selection of games relatively well.

I think Steam's push into the living room is stupid, but I think that a standardized "SteamBox" for Linux is a good idea. An on-the-shelf Linux PC you can sell to users and say "This is Linux".

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