Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Sep 2013 21:46 UTC
Games

Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world. We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS.

Where Sony and Microsoft follow the iOS model for consoles, Valve is aiming for the Android model, including Valve's own line of 'Nexus' devices. As Valves notes, no restrictions - you can change the hardware, software, and install any operating system you want. The right approach, obviously.

The cooperation between Valve and NVIDIA is quite close, as NVIDIA details on its blog:

Engineers from Valve and NVIDIA have spent a lot of time collaborating on a common goal for SteamOS: to deliver an open-platform gaming experience with superior performance and uncompromising visuals directly on the big screen.

NVIDIA engineers embedded at Valve collaborated on improving driver performance for OpenGL; optimizing performance on NVIDIA GPUs; and helping to port Valve's award-winning content library to SteamOS; and tuning SteamOS to lower latency, or lag, between the controller and onscreen action.

This is going to be big. After being defeated in mobile, it seems Microsoft is facing another frontal assault on another one of its strongholds: gaming, whether it be Windows or Xbox.

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RE[3]: You know, for consoles
by WereCatf on Thu 26th Sep 2013 10:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: You know, for consoles"
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And how is this going to compete with consoles?


To be quite frank, I haven't seen Gabe or Valve themselves placing themselves as trying to compete with consoles, I've only seen commenters on the Internet placing them like that; Valve is just trying to cement their place as the de factor games delivery platform on the PC - market so that if/when Microsoft eventually locks them out of Windows they won't fade away. It's just plain wrong to keep comparing Steam Machines to consoles and think of this as a fight between them when Steam Machines are PCs, not consoles, and this isn't a duel between them, this is them overlapping one another.

Even if Steam Machines never so much as take a single percent of the market share of consoles it's no loss for Valve or considered a failure as long as their plan within the PC - segment works.

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