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 07:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
Morgan
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I won't argue that this is a huge gamble for them, but someone has to step up and try it first. Succeed or fail, this is an awesome concept and Valve will be the first to really give it a go.

Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to make Windows into an Xbox "experience", and Apple continues to make OS X into iOS. Succeed or fail, those are also gambles and I'm really curious to see where each company goes.

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