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 shmerl
by Nelson on Tue 11th Dec 2012 09:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
Nelson
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Its definitely a trade off, and its been executed poorly at times..but I believe in the general idea of it.

With regards to the DRM situation, some of the nastiest most insidious DRM I've ever seen has probably been on the PC.

At least on Xbox it's standardized and managed by Microsoft, not some Gaming company which licenses a shitty DRM scheme from two bit developers. My experience has been downright infuriating.

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