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 Neolander on Tue 11th Dec 2012 06:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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+1, it is indeed ironic if they start to complain about how Windows 8 is heading us towards locked-down PCs, then proceed to release yet another one locked-down device.

Seriously, expressions like "very controlled" is something which I have only heard in the mouth of Apple fans trying to defend iOS or Microsoft reps trying to defend Windows 8. This choice of words makes me extremely pessimistic.

If we are unhappy, we can buy more general-purpose PCs, they say... Right, but where will those be in a few years? By attempting to transition the remaining loyal PC gamers to a console-ish device, they are kind of not helping with answering that question...

Edited 2012-12-11 06:54 UTC

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