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 Kivada on Wed 12th Dec 2012 07:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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Wrong, as someone who is an avid gamer on all platforms, a keyboard and mouse are only good on exactly 2 types of game that are pretty much crap these days, RTS and FPS. For every other type ff game out ther give me controller with analog input like the PS3 controller. Comfortable enough for an 8 hour gaming session, faster then a KB/M in most game types since the button are pressure sensitive they can act as 2-3 buttons depending on how you hit the button.

When you just want to play the damn game, nothing beats the console, it's one hardware set that just always works. On the comp I have to ensure I tweak my box for max performance and may have to play with the graphics settings for an hour to find a playable compromise between graphics and responsiveness if I don't want to sped a small fortune every 2-3 years to make sure I can play the games I want to play when the console will last 5-7 years between upgrades.

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