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 shmerl
by zima on Mon 17th Dec 2012 15:25 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
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You can do RTS just fine in consoles.
I think the main problem is big studios only doing what might sell, instead of trying out ideas, like in the 80's.

I think they are trying out ideas to a similar degree ...80s were also the times of many mediocre clones of few good games (remember the video game crash of 1983 and what brought it?)

Anyway, the present state of affairs is pretty much what we wanted, when we (nerds) wished for the mainstream to understand and appreciate games, now the games have become a mainstream entertainment, with mainstream inertia and priorities of publishers.

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