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[4]: Comment by Kroc
by karunko on Thu 13th Dec 2012 08:52 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
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True, but what Valve is able to offer is the ability to buy your games once and have them on whatever platforms Steam is available on.

Only until they change their Terms of Service and you actually take the time to go through the mind-numbing legalese, spot some conditions you don't like and refuse to accept the new rules -- only to be locked out of your entire game collection!

Everyone seems to be in love with Valve and it's easy to overlook one very important detail: even without a monthly fee, STEAM is really a subscription service and you're not actually buying the games you think you are buying.

Also, I'm somewhat skeptic about a "STEAM Box" being based on any version of Linux. I mean, what would be the advantage from a business point of view? Why go through the trouble of convincing studios to add yet another platform? Why not just put the (existing) pieces together?


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