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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Very simple
by andrewclunn on Tue 11th Dec 2012 21:54 UTC
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This is either an awesome thing, or a laughably bad idea. The question is whether the games released on the "Steam Box" will also run under Ubuntu (or some other linux distro) on steam (assuming the machine is powerful enough).

If so, then awesome! More gaming for linux! More drivers for linux! A truly cross platform game platform in Steam! YES!

If not then we're looking at what? Specialized hardware where I can buy games that I could then only run on that hardware, but having no physical copy and without developers being able to fully take advantage of the hardware?

We'll know soon enough whether this is a great thing or a really stupid idea.

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